Summer Research Scholarships, Sydney - The Heart Research Institute

Scholarship Details
High School Leavers UAC & EAS Female

High school leavers


Aus Citizen/Aus Permanent Resident/NZ Citizen


The Heart Research Institute is excited to offer multiple Summer Undergraduate Scholarships to Australia and New Zealand’s best and brightest young researchers.

This is an outstanding opportunity for talented researchers to develop their skills and gain valuable experience at state-of-the-art research facilities. High calibre scientists, new technologies and cutting-edge equipment are just a few features that make this an exciting opportunity for promising undergraduate students.

The seven-week scholarship provides high-achieving and promising students the opportunity to work on a medical research project directly related to cardiovascular disease, expand on their skills and knowledge, and be mentored in a world-class research institute. Scholarship recipients will be required to write a report on their work experience and will have the opportunity to make a presentation to their peers and supervisors at the end of the scholarship period.

Scholarships take place over the Australian summer holidays for 7 weeks. Placements are full-time and will begin in early January 2021 and finish at the end of February 2021.

Please Note: The HRI has the right to cancel the Summer Scholarship program at any time if travel restrictions or health regulations require it.


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

Scholarships will be based on the strength of the application and successful candidates will be required to give an oral presentation and submit a written report of their research at the end of the scholarship. Beyond their scholarship, students may progress to further opportunities with HRI, including the opportunity to undertake Honours or PhD projects.

To be eligible, students must:

  • be an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident
  • be an undergraduate student in their second or third year of university
  • commit to HRI values and responsibilities
  • provide proof of university enrolment and end of year results
  • attend an interview via Skype or face-to-face

Selection criteria

Applications will be assessed by senior HRI scientists on the basis of academic merit and suitability. Applications must include:
  • a one-page cover letter outlining your reasons for applying and your interest in research
  • your academic record (including certified academic transcript for current degree)
  • your CV including referees (a summary of your work experience and other relevant activities).

Please submit your application all together as ONE PDF document, using the following naming convention: lastname_firstname_2021.

Applications must be received no later than 5pm on the Friday 4th September 2020.

Note: This Scholarship is a Category A position according to the NSW Health Policy - Occupational Assessment, Screening Vaccination Against Specified Infectious Diseases. Successful applicants will be required to provide evidence of protection against the infectious diseases specified, at their own cost, prior to commencing with HRI.

How to apply

Please go to the Heart Research Institute website for all details and to apply for the HRI Summer Scholarships.

You will receive a confirmation email to let you know your application has been received. All candidates will be contacted in September, once applications have been reviewed and shortlisted.

Further Information

Research Themes

The HRI’s mission is to prevent death and suffering from cardiovascular diseases, a complex array of diseases affecting the heart and blood vessels.

We will address areas of unmet need in cardiovascular diseases including coronary artery disease, stroke, peripheral artery disease, hypertension, heart failure, preeclampsia, congenital heart disease and pulmonary vascular disease, as well as metabolic complications such as diabetes.

Find out more about our research areas here:

You will be allocated a project within one of these research themes, and while you are here, you will have the opportunity to liaise with scientists across all of HRI’s research areas.

Postdoctoral scientists will provide mentorship, leadership and provide regular feedback, with Group Leaders overseeing.


All projects will be carried out at our laboratories in Newtown (Sydney, Australia) or the Charles Perkins Centre at The University of Sydney. Explore our Newtown facilities in this virtual tour.

Monthly stipend

Students will receive a stipend payment of $360 (based on a 35 hour week).