Overview

The AMSI Vacation Research Scholarship program is open to third-year undergraduate mathematical sciences students, and exceptional second-year students with a strong letter of support from an AMSI Member University.

Students should speak to the AMSI Member Representative/Department at their home university about participating in the AMSI Vacation Research Scholarship project, and to identify a suitable research project and supervisor.

Please note: Each university has its own criteria and procedures for assisting AMSI in coordinating applications, and students should discuss their eligibility with their AMSI Member Representative.

Application Process

Applications for an AMSI Vacation Research Scholarship require submission of an online form with supporting documentation and contact details of a Project Supervisor. There is no cost associated with this application process. However, students are recommended to complete and submit their application in consultation with their nominated supervisor.

Each application must be accompanied by three types of supporting documentation in .pdf format:

  1. Research proposal – File name: LASTNAME-ResearchProposal.pdf
  2. Statement of results – File name: LASTNAME-StatementofResults.pdf
  3. Letter of support – File name: LASTNAME-LetterofSupport.pdf

If you need to withdraw from the AMSI Vacation Research Scholarship program, please discuss these circumstances with your supervisor. Your university’s Head of Department, AMSI Member Representative and AMSI Vacation Research Scholarship organisers must be notified in writing (including the reason for the withdrawal) at the earliest possible time. The withdrawal will be reviewed and the payment will be adjusted accordingly.

All applications must be received by the closing date, and all applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application.  Please see the Key Dates for our projected and estimated timelines. Unfortunately, due to the expected volume of applications, AMSI and home universities are unable to provide full feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

Research Project

Students are mentored by a nominated supervisor and should have regular consultation throughout the six-week research project.

Successful VRS applicants should discuss with their supervisors and managing university department in more detail what the focus is for their research, how to appropriately prepare the report, what should be included in their blog, presentation technique for AMSIConnect, and the behaviours in which they will be expected to follow.

Sometimes projects need to be refocused or slightly amended in the early stages of research, and changes in supervisor/s may occur. If there are any changes to your research project, please contact us at the earliest possible time. Note: If these changes are significantly different from the project originally submitted on your application, permission to proceed will have to be obtained from the AMSI Director and the Head of Department at your home university.

Examples of Research Project Reports previously submitted are available on the Past Projects page.

The blog exercise gives students the opportunity to practice discussing research with a wide audience, outside of academia. This will enable to discuss their findings and its importance to applied fields and develop effective communication skills. These blogs are published on on the AMSI website, and are shared on AMSI social media channels.

The blog post should be approx. 300-500 words, and be accessible to a non-specialist audience. If you have a relevant photo (which you own the copyright) for the blog, please supply at the time of submission. More information on how to write a blog and the requirements will be communicated to all successful scholarship recipients.

Examples of Research Project Blogs previously submitted are available on the VRS Blog page.

The AMSI Vacation Research Scholarship program follows the Intellectual Policy and Plagiarism policy of the university you are enrolled in and/or the AMSI partner organisation you undertake your project with. Please ensure you are aware of the relevant policies and requirements.

AMSIConnect (formerly Big Day In)

AMSIConnect (formerly Big Day In) is a two day residential conference for successful AMSI Vacation Research Scholarship students, providing them with a unique experience presenting their work to a group of their peers.

Participants meet in Melbourne, Victoria to present their research projects, participate in a careers panel and attend networking events. Attendees at the conference include all AMSI Vacation Research Scholarship students, as well as a select number of academic supervisors.

Each student delivers a 20-minute presentation, providing an overview of their AMSI Vacation Research Scholarship project, following a set template for slides. There is a Cambridge University Book Prize up for grabs, which is awarded each year to the best student presentation, voted for by both peers and supervisors.

Please note: It is a condition of accepting this scholarship that you attend the full duration of the AMSIConnect conference (refer to Key Dates for details). Partial attendance is not acceptable, and may result in non-payment. In exceptional circumstances, please contact the AMSI Vacation Research Scholarships organisers at vrs@amsi.org.au to discuss further.

Submission

Scholars must submit both the Research Paper and the Blog via email to vrs@amsi.org.au by 28 February 2018.

The Research Paper should be submitted as a .pdf file, using the AMSI Report template and adhering to the AMSI style guide – which are supplied to all successful applicants. File name: LASTNAME-ResearchPaper.pdf

The Blog should be submitted as a .doc file, and any accompanying images should be .jpg files. File name: LASTNAME-Blog.doc, LASTNAME-Image.jpg

Note: Please remember to include your LAST NAME in the file names.

Payment

Payments for the AMSI Vacation Research Scholarship program are provided in the form of a stipend payment, which is administered by the student’s home university. AMSI pays the home university by invoice in two instalments:

  • $1,800.00 ex. GST on the award of the scholarship
  • $900.00 ex. GST on receipt of the final Research Paper and Blog post

Students should speak to their mathematical sciences (or similar) department to discuss specific payment arrangements (most AMSI member universities have had VRS students in previous years, and should be aware of the processes).

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