Summer Research Scholarships 2019/2020


The ANZAC Research Institute is offering 6 Summer Research Scholarships for the period between November 2019 and February 2020. Offers will be based on the suitability of the student for the projects offered; including academic merit, study and volunteer background, team fit and interest in the project. Successful candidates will be expected to participate in an ongoing research project and will be required to give an oral presentation and submit a written report of their research at the end of the scholarship.

Scholarships are open to students currently enrolled full-time in an undergraduate degree, professional doctorate or graduate professional entry degree. Students currently enrolled in graduate entry medical degrees can also apply.

To be eligible students must:

  1. be an Australian or New Zealand citizen
  2. be an Australian permanent resident
  3. be an international student enrolled full-time in an Australian University and hold a current and valid
    Australian visa covering the full period of the scholarship.

Students currently in a Masters or PhD program, or who have been awarded a Masters or PhD degree are ineligible to apply, with the exception of professional entry degrees.


To recruit and provide university students with a positive experience of doing biomedical research prior to their decision on whether to undertake a graduate research degree. The scholarship will provide students with the experience of working with personal day-to-day supervision by well-established researchers within high quality medical research facilities.


The period for which the Summer Research Scholarship is awarded will be 8 weeks. Summer Research Scholarships may commence from 1 November 2019 and conclude by 21 February 2020. All student reports and presentations must be completed by 2 March 2020 at the latest.


Projects to be carried out the ANZAC Research Institute on Concord campus.


Applications will be assessed by the supervisor, who will assess the applications on the basis of the academic merit of the applicant and their suitability for the project. The scholarships will be awarded by the Director of the ANZAC Research Institute based on these recommendations.


The scholarship may be terminated at any time if the research or conduct of the scholar is deemed to be unsatisfactory, or if ill-health seriously interferes with the research.


Scholarship holders will receive a stipend of $375 per week. The stipend will be paid in two installments at dates specified in the letter of offer. The total amount to be paid is $3000.


Scholars who are not eligible for Medicare must have medical and hospital insurance for the full period of the Summer Research Scholarship. Proof of cover may be required before commencement as a condition of eligibility for the scholarship.

STUDENT APPLICATIONS (after submission of projects)

The student application round opens in the beginning of July 2019 – after all selected projects have been received and processed and published online.

Applications are available on the ANZAC Research Institute and must be submitted by email no later than 6 September 2019 to

Complete applications include:

  • Completed online form
  • Cover letter
  • Student CV
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of reference


Group Supervisor Title
Concordance Prof David Brieger Achievement of lipid targets in the 12 months following an ACS: An Australian observational analysis
Dendritic Cell Research Dr Pablo Silveira Examining the Role of the CD302 Molecule in the Movement of Cells Involved in Initiating an Immune Response.
Burns Research Dr Yiwei Wang Development of glucocorticoid-based therapeutic agents to reduce scarring post burn injury
Cell Biology A/Prof Andrew Burgess Identifying Mechanisms of Platinum Resistance in Triple Negative Breast Cancer
Biogerontology Dr Nicolas Hunt Single cell type targeting of CRISPR-CAS9 in mice models using nanotechnology
Bone Biology Dr Sarah Kim Endocrine regulation of energy metabolism by the skeleton during high-fat feeding
Asbestos Diseases Research Intitute Dr Yuen Yee Cheng Test the efficacy of different nanoparticles as a vehicle to delivery anti-cancer drug to treat Mesothelioma
Vascular Biology Dr Caroline Reddel Extracellular vesicles and inflammation in cardiovascular disease and coronary bypass surgery
Neurobiology A/Prof Marina Kennerson Using C. elegans models to investigate disease mechanisms of motor and sensory neuron death.
Asbestos Diseases Research Intitute Ben Johnson The development of biomarkers into less invasive detection method to facilitate MM diagnosis