Students commencing full-time research at SVI are invited to apply for top-up PhD or Honours awards. Successful applicants will receive a $5,000 p.a. top-up stipend for a maximum of 3.5 years (PhD) or 1 year (Hons).  The SVI Awards committee meet in mid-February to allocate the awards, after which all applicants will be notified. Note that full academic transcripts (ie including all final results) are required to be submitted for each award. All applications are due by the end of January each year.

PhD Awards:

Please complete the PhD Award form, and send back (either by mail or e-mail as detailed on the form) - deadline details TBA.

Note that the minimum requirement is an H1 in Honours.

Honours Awards:

There is no form for this application. The application requires
1)     Complete academic transcript for entire undergraduate course
2)     Brief (no more than one page) description of the project to be undertaken in Honours
3)     CV of student
4)     Letter of support from proposed SVI Honours supervisor.

Please email your completed application as a single pdf to:
SVI Foundation Student Awards Coordinator
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For more information contact: SVI Foundation Student Awards Coordinator
Tel: 9231 2480 or email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

PhD applications due: deadline details TBA.

Honours applications due: deadline details TBA.

Undergraduate SVI Summer Studentship Awards:   

Why an SVI Vacation Studentship?

Undergraduate science students have the opportunity to be exposed to a wide variety of research fields and to have training and hands-on experience in a range of laboratory techniques. This builds technical expertise, helps to shape future career choices and gives the student an opportunity to explore future study and work opportunities.

Summer studentships are full time for up to 6 weeks during the summer University vacation.

The studentship Award offers a stipend with a total value $1,500.  

Who can apply?

Undergraduate Australian and international students enrolled in a relevant science degree at a Victorian University. Students at other Australian or New Zealand Universities may also be considered.

Due to the Australian tax laws for tax free stipends, the student must be enrolled at a University at the time of the placement, therefore a student is ineligible after completing 3rd year unless he/she is proceeding directly to an Honours year.

How long is the studentship and when can it be undertaken?

The studentship is up to a maximum of six (6) weeks during the summer vacation.

Actual commencement and completion dates may be negotiated with the individual Lab Head.

How much is the Award and how is it paid?

Studentship holders will receive $1,500 for the 6 week period, paid in two instalments of $750. This is exempt from income tax in accordance with ATO student scholarship guidelines, provided the student is enrolled at University at the time of placement.

How many studentships will be offered by SVI this year?

The number of studentships offered each year will vary in accordance with project and supervisor availability, funding and the calibre of applicants.

What supervision and assessment do I receive?

Summer students are supervised at all times by the Lab Head or a senior researcher delegated by the Lab Head. Full training will be provided in unfamiliar techniques and the variety of research processes.

Students are required to write a short report after their placement covering the work carried out in the project and the experience gained from the studentship.

The supervisor will provide a short written assessment of the student’s placement. This may be used for future employment or validation of technical exposures.


How do I apply? 

Applications must be made using the official SVI application form, and attachments are requested.

Attach the following via email to [email protected]

  1. Completed SVI Application Form

  2. Copy of full university results to date, together with explanation of result codes.

Applications close COB 5.00pm 15 November 2019.

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applicants will be notified by email by the end of November of the success of their application.