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Summer Research Scholarships (formerly Vacation Scholarships)

Each year the School of Mathematics and Statistics awards a small number of summer research scholarships for tenure in the summer vacation (November – February). These scholarships are usually advertised in July / August.

Applications for summer 2016/17 are now closed. Please check this page in July / August 2017 for updated information.

Summer Research Scholarships 2016/17 (formerly Vacation Scholarships)

Applications are invited from undergraduates who are gifted in mathematics and interested in undertaking a study/research project during the 2015–2016 summer vacation. As well as scholarships offered by the School of Mathematics and Statistics itself, there are scholarships offered by AMSI (the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute) which are tenable in the School.

School of Mathematics and Statistics scholarships

The summer research scholarship program is intended primarily for students enrolled in third year mathematics or statistics courses, and planning on continuing their studies in these fields. However, applications from exceptional first or second year students may be considered. Applicants must be enrolled in an Australian University and be a resident of Australia.

The purpose of the program is to introduce students to mathematical research. The project of each successful candidate will be supervised by a member of staff of the School.

The research interests of School members cover a wide area of mathematics and statistics, including algebra, analysis, geometry, differential geometry, dynamical systems, combinatorics, coding theory, automata, singularity theory, chaos, topology, knot theory, ordinary and partial differential equations, geometric mechanics, astrophysical and geophysical fluid dynamics, geomagnetism, financial modelling, portfolio analysis, biomathematics, statistics, probability, time series.

The scholarships are generally tenable for up to 6 weeks. Successful candidates will receive an allowance of $506 per week (APA rate). Students living outside of metropolitan Sydney may also be eligible for an additional scholarship - valued at $250 per week for the duration of the Summer Scholarship project - to assists with travel and relocation cost.

AMSI Scholarships

The School of Mathematics and Statistics will nominate the most outstanding applicants to compete for the AMSI Vacation Research Scholarships on the national level. Successful nominees will be expected to attend CSIRO’s Big Day In for 2 days and make a presentation about their project. Nominees must be third-year students doing a major in the mathematical sciences intending to proceed to honours or masters, this includes students doing joint degrees that include mathematics and statistics. Also see the AMSI guidelines for more information.

Method of Application

Applicants need to fill out an online application form. Amoung other things the form requests an indication of the area of mathematics or statistics the applicant would like to pursue in a research project. This may be quite a broad area, such as Applied Mathematics, for example, or may be quite specific. If you have already talked to a member of the School of Mathematics and Statistics about a possible project please mention this.

Applicants that are currently enrolled in some MATH units at the University of Sydney please fill out the internal application form . Internal applicants need to name two lecturers that are familiar with the applicants academic record as referees. For internal applicants uploading an unofficial copy of the transcript is sufficient.

External applicants please fill out the general application form . External applicants need to arrange for two letters of recommendation, in sealed envelopes, from two people who are familiar with the applicant's academic record, to be sent to

    Professor Holger Dullin,
    School of Mathematics and Statistics F07,
    University of Sydney,
    NSW 2006
External applicants need to upload a scanned copy of their official academic record (transcript).

For both internal and external applicants, after you filled out all necessary fields and uploaded your CV and transcript as PDF files, pressing submit should display a page saying

Thank you. Your application has been recorded.
If this does not happen, please contact Prof. Holger Dullin.

Applications should be submitted by 4pm, Friday 26 August 2016.

Further information may be obtained by contacting Professor Dullin by email holger.dullin@sydney.edu.au or by phone (02) 9351 4083.