UNSW Exoplanetary Science
Vacation Scholarships


Update : October 2010 - in 2009 and 2010, the Faculty of Science has been offering a centrally managed vacation scholarship scheme. See http://www.science.unsw.edu.au/vacation-research-scholarships for details on how to apply.

Update : September 2010 - due to the travel commitments of our team members the Exoplanetary Science group, headed by Professor Chris Tinney, is not offering Vacation Scholarships in the summer of 2010/11. Keep an eye on this space for announcements about next year. If you want to know what our internal scheme has looked like in the past, have a look at the announcement below.

Past Vacation Scholarship Announcement

  1. The Exoplanetary Science group, based within the Department of Astrophysics and the Australian Centre for Astrobiology, at the University of NSW will accept applications for School of Physics Vacation Scholarships in Exoplanetary Science from enthusiastic university students with excellent scholastic records who have completed their third year, or are in the fourth year of their undergraduate degree.

  2. The Exoplanetary Science group, headed by Professor Chris Tinney, is a key member of the Anglo-Australian Planet Search which has discovered more than 30 exoplanets over its 10 year lifetime. The Exoplanetary Science group is also a member of the Australian Centre for Astrobiology - one of only two Centres outside the US who are associates of the NASA Astrobiology Institute. We always try to arrange for vacation students to attend an observing run at the Anglo-Australian Telescope during their scholarship to get a feel for the full "night-time" astronomy experience.

  3. UNSW's Kensington campus is situated just 10 minutes from both Sydney's vibrant city centre, and Sydney's world-renowned eastern beaches.

  4. This program is open to undergraduates at Australian & New Zealand universities. Applications from students outside of Australia & New Zealand with exceptional records may also be considered. Scholarships will generally last between 6 and 10 weeks, to be negotiated between the student and their supervisor. Vacation Scholars are paid a tax-free stipend of $500 per week. Australian students will also be eligible to have return travel to Sydney paid for.

  5. For vacation scholarships over the period December to February, we ask for applications to be submitted by the 30th September. Final applications should be made using the following application form and be submitted electronically to the addresses indicated on the form. Applicants may contact Chris Tinney (http://www.phys.unsw.edu.au/~cgt) for further information, or to discuss possible research projects.

This page last updated by Chris Tinney, 24 August 2009