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Other summer research scholarships available in Dunedin


Summer research scholarships are also offered by other Centres and external organisations. These often like to administer the scholarships themselves. Any external opportunities we receive will be listed here as they arise.

Heart Research Institute's NZ summer scholarship programme now open

The Heart Research Institute (AU) is offering multiple summer undergraduate scholarships to New Zealand's talented young researchers.

The 7-week undergraduate scholarship provides high-achieving and promising students the opportunity to work on a medical research project directly related to cardiovascular disease, expand on their skills and knowledge, and be mentored in a world-class research institute.

Scholarship recipients will be required to write a report on their work experience and will have the opportunity to make a presentation to their peers and supervisors at the end of the scholarship period. Following the 7-week summer scholarship period, students are expected to stay on with the HRI in 2023 to undertake Honours study with the University of Sydney. Placements are full-time and will begin in early January 2023.
Scholarships are open to New Zealand students currently enrolled full-time in the final year of an undergraduate degree. Students currently enrolled in graduate entry medical degrees can also apply.

Applications close 5pm on Sunday 23 October 2022.

More information and to apply, visit the Heart Research Institute New Zealand website.

Trout fishing and mahinga kai as nature-based mental health interventions

Internationally, there is growing interest in the use of nature-based interventions to improve mental health. Nature-based interventions are programmes and activities where individuals engage with natural environments aiming to improve their mental health and wellbeing. Recreational trout fishing and mahinga kai (the process of gathering traditional Māori food sources) are two popular outdoor activities that expose participants to nature but to-date, no research has been conducted to determine how these activities could help enhance the mental health and wellbeing of participants.

For this project, the summer student will be involved in developing two nature-based interventions; one that involves trout fishing and another that involves mahinga kai. The student will be responsible for surveying and interviewing anglers and mahinga kai gatherers to identify and develop the key components of a nature-based intervention that incorporates these activities. The student will also investigate the best ways to quantify the effectiveness of a nature-based intervention.

This project will provide the summer student with an opportunity to work within a supportive and collaborative multi-agency team. The primary project supervisor is Dr Shyamala Nada-Raja (Va’a o Tautai - Centre for Pacific Health) and co-supervisors are Cohen Stewart (Southland Fish and Game) and Stevie-Rae Blair (Te Ao Mārama Inc, Ngai Tahu, Awarua Rūnanga).

This project would suit a student who is interested in health/recreation research and is planning to return to study in 2023. There is an opportunity for the successful student to obtain further funding to undertake postgraduate research to test the nature-based interventions that they help to develop.

To find out more, please contact:

Dr Shyamala Nada-Raja
Va’a o Tautai – Centre for Pacific Health

Dunedin-Based Biotech Opportunities

We have five projects for which we’ll appoint the best qualified intern to work alongside the team, providing essential support.

  1. Validating Cxbladder to Detect Urothelial Carcinoma Using an OpenClinica Data Capture Platform
  2. Single Cell Sequence Analysis
  3. ddPCR Assay Optimisation
  4. Buffer Validation
  5. PowerBI Mission Critical Dashboard (IT/Digital Project) Next Step

Read the Pacific Edge Summer Internships brochure for more information (PDF)

Graduate Women Otago Summer Research Scholarship

Graduate Women Otago are offering two summer research scholarship awards of $5000 each in value. These awards are to each fund a post-graduate student’s participation in the University of Otago Summer Research Scholarship Programme.

Graduate Women Otago Summer Research Scholarship description, eligibility criteria and application form (PDF)

The wellbeing, health, and care of older people

The CARE Research Theme is offering a summer scholarship for a topic relevant to the wellbeing, health, or care of older people.

Students should send a one page application to CARE (email address below) stating their proposed topic, the aims/objectives they would meet, why they are interested in this topic, and the names of their supervisor(s).

Information about the CARE Research Theme can be found on the CARE website.

Applications should be submitted to:

New Zealand League Against Epilepsy Summer Studentships

The New Zealand League Against Epilepsy (NZLAE) is a New Zealand association of health care professionals and scientists working toward a world where no person's life is limited by epilepsy. We are a registered charity and one of our aims is to foster investigation and
research in all aspects of epilepsy.

We would like to announce a new initiative to annually fund a Summer Studentship via a tax free student stipend.

The project and student requirements are:

  • Research relating to epilepsy (clinical or basic science)
  • Research being supervised by an University academic
  • Research being undertaken in New Zealand
  • The student should be a New Zealand citizen or residents but the student does not need to be studying at a New Zealand University (i.e. they can be at an Australian University and home for the summer)

We invite you to let us know of any relevant Summer Studentship projects. We will internally review applications and select the applicant based on quality and relevance of the project.

Please send applications to

Note: Please use the Health Sciences application format to apply for the NZLAE summer scholarship.

Neurological Foundation

The Neurological Foundation provides summer studentships intended to provide personal support for students so they can gain research skills and experience.

Summer Studentship – advice to applicants sheet (PDF)

The Neurological Foundation’s mission is “To alleviate suffering from diseases and disorders of the brain and nervous system through research and education”. The Neurological Foundation will accept applications for research aligned with this mission, including biomedical, bioengineering, clinical, and epidemiological research. The Foundation will accept applications designed to further the knowledge and treatment of primary neuropsychiatric or neuropsychological disorders, as long as the research takes a mechanistic approach to discovering or treating a component of the disorder. Applications that deal only with the clinical management of mental health disorders will not be considered.