Summer scholarships

Each summer RSAA offer 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. 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 and computational facilities. Areas of research include 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 2017/18. For application procedure and deadline, please see below.

Program and application dates

The RSAA Summer Research Scholarship/Internship (including the AITC/Northrop Grumman internship) will be run from Monday, 20 November 2017 to Friday, 19 January 2018. The application period is strictly from 1 August 2017 to 31 August 2017. Applicants have to use the central application website to apply, starting 1 August.

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

Available summer scholarship projects

You can find available summer scholarship projects on the potential projects page.