Summer Scholarships Program

The Summer Scholarships program gives undergraduate students the opportunity to learn more about university research by providing them with a placement in a formal research environment supervised by leading Western Sydney University academics. Students gain experience in carrying out a research project and presenting their findings via a written report and seminar presentation.

The University offers a range of project choices in various Schools and Institutes across a number of research fields that change each year.

Applications for 2020/2021 open on 14 September 2020 and close on 18 October 2020.

This initiative is a joint venture of the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Enterprise and International) and Jobs on Campus (opens in a new window)Research Scholarships Event


The projects available for students to apply for are listed by School or Institute. Students can nominate up to three projects of interest. Whilst every effort is made to accommodate project preferences, the selection committee has final determination over the allocation of projects.

For further information on the projects available from each School and Institute for the 2020/2021 program, please visit Jobs on Campus (opens in a new window)


A scholarship is offered to all students whose application is successful. Each scholarship is valued at $3,500. Students receive the scholarship in three instalments over the course of the program.

Scholarships are available to students who are currently enrolled at Western Sydney University and are awarded on a competitive basis. Successful students are required to present the results of their research by seminar and by submitting a research report on completion of their project.


To be eligible for the Summer Scholarships program you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be an enrolled undergraduate student at Western Sydney University
  • In your second year or up to mid-year of your third year of a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent). First year students can also apply but your application must be supported by a Western Sydney University academic
  • You must be a member of the Jobs on Campus Applicant Pool. Not a member? Register now via Jobs on Campus (opens in a new window)
  • Available to participate for the entire duration of the program (30 November 2020 to 15 February 2021) and attend Orientation (30 November 2020) and Presentation Day (15 February 2021)
  • You should have a genuine interest in taking part in further university research and a desire to develop research skills and techniques;
  • You must be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or hold an appropriate visa.

Note: As part of the application process you are required to meet with at least the main supervisor of each project included in your application.

How to apply

Step 1: Review the research project briefs and select up to three project preferences.

Step 2: Complete a Meeting with Supervisor Confirmation Form (PDF, 99.93 KB) (opens in a new window) for each project preference.

Step 3: Make contact and meet with supervisors for ALL three of your project preferences. Supervisor contact details are listed in the project brief.

Step 4: Prepare your responses to the essential criteria and your resume.

Step 5: Register for the Jobs on Campus Applicant Pool if you're not already a member.

Step 6: Complete the online application form on CareerHub (opens in a new window) (login required).

Applications close: 18 October 2020


Online application advice

Terrie Smith
Jobs on Campus Coordinator
02 4736 0877

General program advice

Sandra Lawrence
Research Executive Officer
02 9678 7418