Undergraduate Vacation Scholarships

Would you like to gain experience working in a leading medical research institute?

Our Vacation Scholarships enable undergraduate students to train alongside scientists tackling important questions in medical research. Scholars will be able to build their practical and theoretical knowledge of medical biology and become familiar with the scope of career opportunities in the sector.

Potential, determination, creativity and passion to follow a career in science are some of the key traits we look for in our research students.

What will I do?

Vacation scholars will be placed within one of WEHI’s world-respected research teams at our Parkville campus. Training in a variety of research fields is available, depending on the scholar’s interests.

Scholars may be assigned a small research project to undertake with supervision, or may assist a researcher as part of a larger project. Scholars will also be able to attend seminars to broaden their scientific knowledge.

Scholars are provided a stipend of $400 per week for a maximum period of 6 weeks (full time). For students with employment or other commitments, part-time arrangements can be negotiated.

Winter vacation placements are individually arranged with supervisors.


Vacation scholars must be currently enrolled in an Australian undergraduate degree and have completed at least one year of discipline-specific study. Scholars must be continuing their university enrolment during their scholarship placement period; this excludes students who will be completing third year at the end of this current semester (even if you intend to commence Honours next year).

Scholars will be required to submit a short report at the conclusion of their placement that may be used by WEHI for future promotions.

WEHI is committed to offering opportunities to people from a range of different backgrounds and varied life experiences. We appreciate that diversity of thought drives innovation and leads to better scientific outcomes.

How to apply

Undergraduate students may directly email supervisors to query if a laboratory has availability to host an undergraduate student over vacation periods. Students should ensure their query email includes their CV, current academic transcripts and explanation of their research interests and relevant skills.

Supervisors will respond to students if an undergraduate vacation project is available.


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Email: education@wehi.edu.au

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