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Summer Research Scholarships (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. Visa difficulties prevent us from offering these scholarships to students who are not residents of Australia or New Zealand.

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 $497 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.

In addition to the Vacation Scholarships, the statistics research group can offer additional research internships for targeted research on bioinformatics and applied statistics topics including data normalisation, classification, prediction, model building and visualisation. Each research internship will be for a duration of 6 weeks paid at a comparable level to the APA rate and recipients are expected to invest time in learning new techniques. All applicants can indicate their preference on their application to be able to be considered for either opportunity: scholarship or internship or both.

AMSI Scholarships

The School of Mathematics and Statistics will nominate the most outstanding applicants to compete for the AMSI Vacation Research Scholarships. 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 should write to

    Professor Holger Dullin,
    School of Mathematics and Statistics F07,
    University of Sydney,
    NSW 2006
marking their envelope "Summer Research Scholarship". The following information should be included in the application:

  • Full name, postal address, email address and telephone number(s) (including mobile number)
  • Date of birth
  • University and course in which currently enrolled
  • A copy of the applicant's official academic record
  • Letters of recommendation, in sealed envelopes, from two people who are familiar with the applicant's academic record. For applicants from Sydney, it is sufficient to give the names of two lecturers familiar with the applicant's record.
  • Some indication of the area of mathematics or statistics the applicant would like to pursue in a research project would be helpful. This may be quite a broad area, such as Applied Mathematics, for example, or may be quite specific.
  • Any constraints on the time over the summer period when the applicant could do the project.
  • In addition to the above paper based application please also send an email to with the subject Summer Research Scholarship containing just your surname, given name(s), University, student ID, current year of studies, preferred email address, mobile phone number.
The applicants nominated by the School for the AMSI Scholarships will be contacted for the additional information required by the AMSI.

Applications should be submitted by 4pm, Friday 28 August 2015.

Further information may be obtained by contacting Professor Dullin by email or by phone (02) 9351 4083.