Each year AMSI funds around 50 university students from AMSI Member universities across Australia to spend their summer holidays working on a research project with a supervisor.

Each Vacation Research Scholar experiences life as a researcher as they complete a project, write up their results and present to peers and supervisors at the VRS student conference AMSIConnect, held in Melbourne at the end of the summer.

Many universities encourage their students to participate in the AMSI Vacation Research Scholarship program to prepare for honours or PhD coursework.

About AMSI Vacation Research Scholarships


AMSI Vacation Research Scholarships are open to undergraduate students who:

  • Are Australian citizens or permanent residents (high-achieving international students may also apply)
  • Are currently enrolled at an AMSI Member university
  • Are currently in their third year doing a major in the mathematical sciences or a cognate discipline (outstanding second-year students with the written support of their department will also be considered)
  • Intend to go on to honours and/or postgraduate study in the mathematical sciences, including students doing combined degrees that include mathematics and statistics
  • Have a strong academic record


AMSI Vacation Research Scholars enjoy the following benefits:

  • Complete a six-week paid summer research project in the mathematical sciences with the support of a supervisor
  • A$500 weekly stipend (total payment of $3000 administered by the home university)
  • Write up research and present results to peers and supervisors at the AMSIConnect Student Conference held in Melbourne from 6-8 February 2019
  • Funded travel (for scholars outside of Melbourne), accommodation and meals at AMSIConnect


  • Speak to the AMSI Member Representative or mathematical sciences department at your home university about your eligibility and how you can identify a suitable research project and supervisor
  • Read the application details carefully and submit your application by the deadline
  • Prepare your supporting documents – research proposal, statement of results and letter of support from your project supervisor
  • Complete the online application form


1 August – 21 September 2018

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