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Welcome to the Summer Studentship programme at the University of Otago, Wellington

Every year the University of Otago, Wellington hosts the Summer Studentship Research Programme which takes place over the November to February period and is made up of 10 weeks excluding the Christmas and New Year period.

Participating students will get an introduction to research methods in fields that are of interest to them, such as public health, clinical or laboratory-based research.

The programme is heavily dependent upon the financial generosity of external organisations, individuals and UOW departments that contribute funding for projects.

The Scholarship is to the value of NZ$5,000 this is paid as a non-taxable educational grant during the studentship; with the aim of encouraging students to take up a research career in New Zealand.

The Summer Research Scholarships are open only to undergraduate students who are returning to study at the University of Otago. Students who have graduated, or currently hold a Doctoral or Masters are not eligible for a Summer Research Scholarship.

How do I apply for a Summer Studentship?

Application for 2020/21 studentships are now complete. We encourage students to check back at this page from the middle of 2021 for details about how to apply for Summer Studentships for 2021/22.

Additional Information for Students

By the end of the studentship the Student will submit a final report (consisting of a lay report and a scientific report) to the programme administrator by the February deadline. Examples of previous lay reports are provided on this page including the templates for writing the both reports.

A panel will review the reports submitted and choose three or four finalists to take part in the oral presentation competition in early-March. The finalists will present a short presentation. The winner of the Oral Presentation Competition will be awarded the University of Otago, Wellington Summer Studentship Prize.

More information is included in the Summer Studentship Handbook here.  

Contact details

If you have any queries please email

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