Each summer RSAA offers a number of Summer Research Scholarships, which enable suitably qualified undergraduates to spend 8 to 11 weeks at Mount Stromlo working on a research project under the supervision of an RSAA astronomer or instrument scientist. The scholarships provide a first-hand view of the work at a research observatory and scholars have access to state-of-the-art optical, infrared, radio, computational and laboratory facilities. Areas of research include instrumentation for astronomy and space, star formation, stellar evolution, galactic dynamics, observational cosmology, active galactic nuclei, interstellar-medium physics, computational astrophysics and planetary science.
These scholarships are intended for currently-enrolled undergraduate students at universities in Australia and New Zealand completing the third or fourth year of a full-time course leading to an honours degree. Outstanding second-year students who are intending to complete an honours degree may also be considered.
Please note: The AITC Summer Internship Program / Northrop Grumman Global Externship Program that is offered to undergraduate students studying engineering, science, computer science or mathematics will be run as part of the Summer Research Scholarships program in 2018/19. For application procedure and deadline, please see below.
Program and application dates
The RSAA Summer Research Scholarship/Internship (including the AITC Summer Internship Program / Northrop Grumman Global Externship Program) will be run from Monday, 26 November 2018 to Friday, 25 January 2019. The application period is strictly from 1 August 2018 to 31 August 2018. Applicants have to use the central application website to apply, starting 1 August 2018.
For detailed information about the program and how to apply, see the CHM/COS Summer Research Scholarship page and the ANU Summer Research Scholarship/Internship program pages.
RSAA summer research program contacts
- Summer research program convenor: Dr Brent Groves
- AITC Summer Internship Program / Northrop Grumman Global Externship program convenor: A/Prof Celine d'Orgeville
- Student administration officer: Astrid Bardelang
Available summer scholarship projects
You can find available summer scholarship projects on the potential projects page.