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 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. Due to the current uncertainty around interstate and international travel, for 2020/2021 we are limiting the scope of the Summer Research Scholarship scheme to include only currently-enrolled ANU undergraduate students.
Please note: The AITC Summer Student 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 2020/2021. For application procedure and deadline, please see below.
Program and application dates
The RSAA Summer Research Scholarship/Internship (including the AITC Summer Student Program/Northrop Grumman Global Externship Program) will be run over 9 weeks from November 30th 2020 to January 29th 2021.
Applications for the RSAA Summer Research Scholarship program should be submitted to Dr Trevor Mendel using the provided application form. Applicants will also require two referee reports from academic referees sent directly to Dr Mendel. Corresponding applications for the AITC Summer Student program should be sent to Assistant Professor Tony Travouillon.
The closing date for applications is September 25th 2020.
RSAA summer research program contacts
- Summer Research Scholarship Program: Dr Trevor Mendel
- AITC Summer Student Program: Assistant Professor Tony Travouillon
- Student administration officer: Astrid Bardelang
Available summer scholarship projects
You can find available summer scholarship projects on the potential projects page.