Summer Down Under: Research Internship


Sadly, due to COVID-19, UWA’s Summer Down Under Research Internship 2020 will not proceed as originally planned, but will continue to run in an online format. Applicants and offer holders will be contacted regarding options. 

We look forward to re-launching the full Summer Down Under: Research Internship (SDU:RI) program in 2021 with even more on offer. If you would like to be kept updated on the 2021 SDU:RI program, please contact the Program Coordinator Jerline Chen

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 and experience the richness of Australian culture.

2020 online program dates:  6 July – 28 August 2020

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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.

Summer Down Under: Research Internship details

  • 8 week program (Mon to Fri, 9-5) for a total of 300hrs
  • 12 UWA credit points, 15 ECTS (optional, if you would like to apply these credits to your degree, please check with home institution)
  • Students will be able to access their (UWA) academic records through studentConnect
  • Students will receive a certificate upon completion of this program

2020 Tuition Fees

Early bird special

  • Tuition: AUD $1,500
  • For full applications received by 10 April 2020 (AWST 23:59)

Open Round

  • Tuition: AUD $2,500 (REDUCED PRICE! Normally $5,000)
  • Applications received from 11 April to 21 June 2020 (AWST 23:59)

Accomodation (not applicable for 2020 program)

Students who choose to stay at Campus Perth will receive the benefit of a negotiated group rate for a four-share room and access to facilities including a fitness studio, communal kitchen, library and lounge areas. You will also have the opportunity to get to know your cohort outside the formal program structure.

Independent accomodation is also permitted.

Application Procedure

Applications open 1 Feb 2020

Review the list of projects in the following PDF and select up to 2 preferred projects.

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Application preparation

You will need to attach the most up to date:

  • Transcript
  • CV (no more than 1 page)
  • English results (not required for native speakers)

You will also be required to answer the following questions:

Explain why your previous experience makes you suited to this project (max 200 words)
In particular, address any prerequisites that have been outlined by the supervisor.
Outline any previous research or laboratory experience that you have. (max 100 words)
Please name that research group and the leader of that research group at your home university.
Why are you interested in this program? (max 200 words)
What are your future career plans? (max 200 words)

You may contact the supervisor(s) if you have questions regarding the project(s).

Note: as student selection is based on a competitive process, please do not discuss acceptance.

Contact your university’s international/mobility office to let them know of your plans.



Early offers

    Apply by 14 March 2020

    Offers by 2 April 2020

    Acceptance by 5 May 2020


Open Round

    Apply by 24 May 2020 (deadline extended to 21 June 2020)

    Offers by 23 June 2020

    Acceptance by 25 June 2020
Full refunds are only available up to 26 June 2020. No refunds will be available from 29 June 2020 onward.

Optional English language programs

Option 1

Summer Down Under intensive IELTS Examination preparation program (AUD $1,500):

  • Five-week program (at 15 hours per week)
  • Run concurrently with Summer Down Under Research Internship program
  • IELTS test can be taken at course completion (exam fee AUD $340)

Option 2

This will benefit students whose English level is below IELTS 6.5. To be run prior to the Summer Down Under Research Internship program UWA CELT Bridging Course:

  • 10 or 20 week direct English pathway (AUD $5,000 per 10 week term)

Option 3

English language programs run in five-week blocks throughout the year (AUD $1,975 per 5 week term):

  • General English
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • IELTS Examination preparation courses

More information

Benefits of doing the Summer Down Under: Research Internship


  • Enhance the value of your degree
  • Unique opportunity to work with researchers in your field
  • Build ties with a leading university
  • Learn a new language or improve your language skills


  • Enhance postgraduate/employment prospects with international experience
  • Adapting to a different cultural environment demonstrates that you are flexible, adventurous and a self-starter
  • Develop skills to deal with change
  • Global awareness (cross-cultural skills and communication)
  • Global networking opportunities


  • Travel within Western Australia/Australia and further afield with local students or other international students
  • Meet people from around the globe and develop new friendships
  • Gain independence and confidence
  • Learn more about yourself and another culture
  • Be an Ambassador for UWA!

Why Choose UWA?

UWA is internationally recognised

  • Ranked in the world’s top 100 universities
  • 1st in Western Australia (ARWU 2019)

UWA is the only Western Australian University in the “Group of Eight” – Australia’s leading group of research universities

2020 Ranking: QS Global World Ranking #86

Subject areas in the world's top 50

UWA is competitive in a wide range of subjects and in the QS World University Rankings by Subject, and ranks within the top 50 for
  • #4 - Engineering – Mineral & Mining
  • #22 - Anatomy and Physiology
  • #24 - Sports-related subjects
  • #33 - Engineering - Civil and Structural
  • #37 - Earth and Marine Sciences
  • #42 - Agriculture and Forestry
  • #42 - Psychology

Why choose Australia


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: