Summer Down Under: Research Internship

The Summer Down Under Research Internship is a bespoke eight week intensive research training program that provides an opportunity for high performing international students considering a UWA postgraduate degree to:

  • Get an “insider look” at UWA’s research specialities
  • Meet and work with a potential future supervisor
  • Experience the richness of Australian culture.

Program dates: 6 July – 28 August 2020

Program Overview

Under the guidance of a UWA supervisor, successful applicants will participate in a research project, working closely with postdocs and postgraduate students from a research group as a fully-fledged member of the team. You may have the opportunity to contribute to a publication or grant application.

You will also participate in range of curated events and training sessions to help launch your research career, including:

  • feature talks by world leading researchers
  • training on presentation and library skills
  • presentation of your project at a 3MT © style event
  • guidance on how to write a research proposal
  • inter-cultural social activities


  • High performing “research ready” 3rd-4th year undergraduate or Masters students
  • English proficiency for non-native speakers (generally IELTS 6.5 or equivalent)
    • Students with an IELTS of 5.5 or 6.0 may be considered on a case-by cases basis if undertaking an options English language program
  • Expressed interest in undertaking a UWA higher degree by research program (i.e. MSc, PhD)
  • Ability of student or home institution to pay for tuition, airfares, accommodation and living expenses.

For more information, key dates and application instructions, please see the following flier.


Interested students: You may need to contact your university’s international/mobility office in the first instance.

UWA Staff: Project abstract submissions for 2020 are now open. Please contact Jerline Chen, Program Coordinator for more details.

To get a sense of the wide range of activities already undertaken, have a look at the Project Abstracts from 2017 and 2018 in the following documents: