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General information for students in the Summer Studentship research programme

The Summer Studentship research programme is a great opportunity to experience research first-hand. Often results are published as reports, media releases, or journal articles. Many of our summer students go on to other research opportunities.

Several of our leading researchers were summer students, and are now leaders in their field and experienced supervisors.

The programme provides you with the opportunity to work within an excellent research environment and to mix with researchers and postgraduate students who are working at the forefront of their fields. You’ll become familiar with a complete research experience, from project planning and data collection through to reporting results in a public forum.

You will be assigned a supervisor to guide you through your project.

There are projects to suit many academic disciplines including medicine, sciences, humanities, and informatics.

How do I apply?

Students: register interest here for 2021/2022

During September we will email registered students and ask them to apply for projects and send a 1‑page CV.

Who can apply?

You can apply if you are enrolled at any New Zealand Tertiary Education Provider for next year. Preference is given to University of Otago students, those who will be undergraduates in 2022, and those who have not had a Summer Studentship experience previously.

How and when do I get paid?

The Scholarships are to the value of NZ$5,000 to NZ$6,000, 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. You will receive three payments: in December, January, and upon completion.

Structure of the Summer Studentship programme

Each project is approximately 10 weeks full‑time commencing between November and finishing in late-January to early-February with a two‑week break over New Year. A support programme is provided to students with a series a workshops. The Welcome Event is highly recommended for all students.

Key dates

Note the key deliverable dates and our poster showcase event:

Summer Studentship calendar