Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

Summer Research Scholarships - Information for students

The purpose of the University of Auckland - Summer Research Scholarship scheme is to give senior undergraduate students an inspiring first experience of research. The scholarship gives students the opportunity to work within a research environment, mixing with researchers and postgraduate students who are working at the forefront of their fields.

Scholarship research projects are completed in a 10 week period over the University summer (December – February), under the supervision of biomedical, clinical and public health researchers from the faculty. The scholarships provide a generous tax-free stipend of $6,000 to undertake the 10 week project.

The University of Auckland summer research projects are now closed

There are also further projects available below through external funders - see the links below * Externally sponsored summer research projects and Other summer opportunities in Auckland


  1. You'll gain and practice research skills under individual supervision and mentorship. Experiences gained in previous scholarships have included:
    • Exposure to authentic case studies
    • Participation in project meetings
    • Practice in data collection, analysis, literature reviews, reviewing techniques and mind mapping 
    • Learning to use specialised software
    • Acquiring specialist laboratory and presentation skills
  2. The research experience adds significant value to your CV and will improve your career opportunities – in some cases even leading to a career in research.
  3. Previous summer students have found that the research experience improved their confidence about undertaking postgraduate studies and in many cases directed them to a potential supervisor. 
  4. Some summer students have become co-authors of presentations at international conferences and articles for publication in academic journals.
  5. You'll gain great networking opportunities with students from other courses and enjoy extensive interactions with research staff and the international community of scholars.
  6. You'll receive a tax-free $6,000 scholarship stipend paid directly into your nominated bank account.

Student eligibility

To meet the University's eligibility criteria to be considered for a scholarship you must:

  • Be an undergraduate student who has completed at least two years of an undergraduate degree by the start of the award in November/December 2019. 
  • MBChB students are only eligible for consideration for this Scholarship between years 2 and 3 of their degree enrolment, as they will start lectures and placement requirements for their 4th year early in the new year. No exceptions.
  • Be a postgraduate student who is currently undertaking a postgraduate bachelor (honours) or postgraduate diploma programme.
  • Have not commenced a masters or doctoral programme or some taught postgraduate programmes (check the regulations).
  • Are not completing a dissertation or thesis with an extension.
  • Be currently enrolled at a New Zealand university or are an international applicant who has enrolled in study in 2019.
  • Have a Scholarship GPA of 6.00 or above over the two most recent years of full-time graded study (or equivalent). A calculator, offered by the Scholarships Office, is available to staff and students to assist with checking GPA eligibility. Māori or Pacific students are required to have a GPA of 5.5 or above over the two most recent years of full-time study (or equivalent).
  • Generally, you shouldn’t have held a Summer Research Scholarship previously (for exceptions, check the regulations).
    For FMHS - Students who have previously been awarded a UoA Summer Research Scholarship will not be eligible to hold a second Summer Research Scholarship unless the second scholarship is funded by the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences or offered by an external funder.
  • Are not seeking employment as a tutor during Summer School or will not be in paid employment either inside or outside the University during the tenure of the Summer Research Scholarship.
  • The project undertaken as part of the scholarship must be clearly defined and have a suitable supervisor willing to supervise the project.


HOW TO APPLY17 June until 26 July 2019

  1. Read the Summer Research Scholarships Regulations and check that you meet the eligibility conditions for FMHS.
  2. Projects available within the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences and at the Liggins Institute will be advertised on the Summer Research Scholarship website. Take a look and shortlist those that interest you.
  3. Complete an online scholarship application, please refer to the Summer Research Scholarship website for full instructions of how to apply and dont forget to submit the application!!



Externally Sponsored Summer Research Projects ** Updated 26 July 2019 **

Please visit this webpage to find out which projects have already secured funding for 2019/20.

In addition to the Summer Research Scholarships funded by the University of Auckland the faculty is fortunate to have wide support for the summer research scholarship programme from a wide range of funders. Our sponsors range from private benefactors to charities to businesses and these sponsors will often choose to sponsor projects which have special meaning to them. Previous sponsors include:

  • A+ Trust
  • Auckland District Health Board
  • Counties Manukau District Health Board
  • Waikato District Health Board
  • Maurice and Phyllis Paykel Trust
  • Auckland Orthopaedic Society
  • New Zealand Pharmacy Education and Research Foundation
  • Cure Kids
  • Choose Wisely
  • Heart Foundation
  • Hope Foundation

Students should be aware that the eligibility criteria and application process may vary between projects, please contact the primary supervisor to discuss further.



Other summer research projects available

In addition to the University programme, many external funding agencies including the Health Research Council, Leukemia and Blood Cancer Foundation and Neurological Foundation offer summer research scholarships and internships. We have collated information on the available schemes and encourage students to apply for these too if they are eligible.

Please be aware that a student may only hold one summer research scholarship at any time, should you receive multiple offers you will need to select which scholarship to accept.


"Other Opportunities" available in and around Auckland this summer.



Details for successful students

Congratulations on being awarded a summer research scholarship! Please read through the instructions below to arrange payment of your scholarship stipend and the requirements for final reporting. Start dates and hours of work will be arranged directly with your supervisor and access to offices/labs through your host Department/School.


Workshops Available
Summer Students: Literature Searching for Systematic Reviews

If your summer studentship involves doing a systematic review of the literature, your search will need to be deep and wide.
This practical workshop provides guidance on constructing an in-depth search strategy, as required for a systematic review.

Thurs 28 Nov   9-11am                         
Wed    4 Dec   10:30-12:30pm                   

To book, click here.  

Summer Students: Literature searching

This workshop covers planning your search, selection of databases, and search techniques to find academic articles on a variety of databases.  The session also includes a brief overview of reference management tools.

Wed   27 Nov      9-11am                        
Thurs 28 Nov       1-3pm                          
Fri      29 Nov       9–11am                    
Tues   3 Dec        10:30-12:30pm                     
*Thurs 5 Dec       10:30-12:30pm
* this last session will only be used if needed.

To book, click here.  

Scholarship stipend payments - 2019/20 dates

The University of Auckland scholarships provide students with a tax-free $6,000 stipend, paid directly to the students in instalments, to undertake the 10 week research project. Successful students will receive further details alongside their offer letter/email.

If your scholarship has been funded by the University payment will be through four fortnightly payments with the first payment on 12 December 2019 to cover the period 2 Dec – 27 Dec (2 fortnights).  Subsequent payments will be made on 9 Jan 2020, 23 Jan 2020 and 5 Feb 2020.  The final $1,000 instalment will be paid following submission of a final report that is verified by the supervisor.

Externally funded scholarships and some Faculty scholarships will be paid in two instalments - one large payment in December (13 December 2019 ), and then a final payment of $1,000.00 will be made following submission of a final report that is verified by the supervisor (March 2020).

If you are have been confirmed for a University funded summer scholarship you would have advised your bank account details through the Scholarships portal.  If you are being funded through one of our funders then you will need to send Faculty Research a screenshot of your bank account which clearly shows your name, bank account number and bank logo.

Please note our Finance Department cannot process payments that do not have evidence of your bank details. Please ensure the details clearly display your name, name of your bank, bank logo and your bank account number.


Summer Research Projects - Final reporting

Students are required to submit a final project report which signifies the completion of the scholarship. We will contact your supervisor directly for a supervisors report which they will forward separately to healthresearch@auckland.ac.nz.

The deadline for submission of the report is Friday 21 February 2020. The reporting template and guidelines will be available to download from January 2020.

Please submit as one PDF document with the title 'LASTNAME, Firstname - SRS report 2020' to healthresearch@auckland.ac.nz.  

Submission of a satisfactory report by the deadline date is necessary to receive the final portion of the scholarship stipend. Payments will usually be made in March following processing and review of the reports.


Summer Research Projects - Final report exemplars

Please see below some exemplars of previous summer research projects.  Please also look at the Scholarship Impact Reporting Framework which will assist you with your writing.

Please note these reports are for internal use only and are to assist you with the style, structure and layout of your Impact Report.  The contents must not be shared with any external party without the supervisors and students written permission 


2018 Biomed Exemplar
(3.8 MB, PDF)
2018 Clinical Exemplar
(205.4 kB, PDF)
2018 Public Health Exemplar
(619.6 kB, PDF)
2017 Exemplar
(250.5 kB, PDF)
2017 Exemplar
(337.7 kB, PDF)


Wallath Prize  

As a key part of the scholarship, students are asked to complete a final report detailing and discussing the research they have conducted, its significance and the impact it has had on their development.

Sponsored by the Wallath Trust, the Wallath prize of $750 is awarded to the student with the top ranked research report in each project category -biomedical/clinical/public health. Congratulations to our 2018/19 winners!



Ana Renker-Darby and her supervisor Sarah Gerritsen -SRS 2018 Wallath Prize - Public Health
Nicola Kluger - SRS 2018 Wallath Prize - Clinical
Micah Rapata - SRS 2018 Wallath Prize - Biomedical