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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 Otago Summer Studentships

HeartOtago is a University Research Theme dedicated to improving our understanding of cardiovascular function in health and disease. It comprises cardiovascular researchers and clinicians within the University of Otago and Dunedin Hospital, undertaking research that ranges from the molecular basis of heart diseases through to translational research and clinical practice.


Provide research training and experience for one enthusiastic student who is Māori or of Pacific Peoples, in a summer project relevant to the heart in health or disease. The project can be based in worldviews of Pakeha, Māori or Pacific Peoples. These studentships are intended to provide personal support for students so they can gain research skills and experience.


$6000 stipend and $1000 research associated costs, for a 10‐week studentship.


Māori or Pacific Peoples student enrolled at undergraduate level in 2022 and returning to undergraduate or postgraduate studies in 2023.

Closing date

Friday 26 August, 5:00pm


  1. Ensure you understand the purposes, demands and benefits of summer studentships, through discussion with:
    a. Va’a o Tautai or Associate Professor Daryl Schwenke, for Pacific Peoples students
    b. Kōhatu Centre for Hauora Māori or Dr Luke Wilson, for Māori students
  2. Look through the types of research undertaken in HeartOtago and consider what areas might interest you. It may also be possible to undertake research in a more Te Ao Māori or Te Ao Pacific Peoples context, with a HeartOtago researcher and facilitation from one of the
    researchers or support groups mentioned above
  3. Email by the due date, with “summer studentship application” in the subject line, and attaching the following information:
    a. A brief (half page maximum) explanation of why you want to do a summer studentship
    b. A brief indication of what areas of cardiovascular health interest you, and who you
    might wish to work with
    c. A brief CV (maximum 2 pages; include volunteer work, paid work, awards, student ID)
  4. A decision on the successful applicant will be made by 9 September, and applicants notified of the outcome
  5. Supervision and an appropriate project should be finalised by 30 September – including completion of a coversheet, to allow time for the relevant research approvals as required.

Completion of a coversheet (PDF)

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.

Summer Internships Biotech Opportunities

Summer Internships: Dunedin-based Biotech Opportunities 2021-2022 (PDF)

Arthritis New Zealand Research

Arthritis New Zealand is a not-for-profit organisation which aims to enable a better quality of life for people affected by arthritis. Arthritis New Zealand works in the areas of education, public awareness, direct support, advocacy and research.

Arthritis NZ Summer Studentship Scholarships information

Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand

Application for the Summer Studentship Grant is due to close on 31 August 2021. The LBC Summer Studentship Grant is given to university students throughout New Zealand to carry out projects of haematological importance. The grants fund a student to carry out a haematological project for the summer semester, from November to February. The grants are intended to support study that will aid understanding of these diseases.

Grants and research information at the Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand website

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact:


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.

The Fastier Summer Student Research Fund

Applications are invited from undergraduate students for a 10-week summer research project in the subject of Pharmacology. This prestigious summer studentship is funded through the generosity of Emeritus Professor Fred Fastier, who taught pharmacology at Otago between 1949 and 1980.

The Fastier Summer Student Research Fund information sheet