Undergraduate Vacation Scholarships

Undergraduate Vacation Scholarships

Researchers using a computer
Would you like to gain experience working in a leading medical research institute?

Our Vacation Scholarships enable undergraduate students to train alongside scientists tackling important questions in medical research. Scholars will be able to build their practical and theoretical knowledge of medical biology and become familiar with the scope of career opportunities in the sector.

Potential, determination, creativity and passion to follow a career in science are some of the key traits we look for in our research students. 

What will I do?

Vacation scholars will be placed within one of our world-respected research teams at our Parkville campus. Training in a variety of research fields is available, depending on the scholar’s interests.

Scholars may be assigned a small research project to undertake with supervision, or may assist a researcher as part of a larger project. Scholars will also be able to attend Institute seminars to broaden their scientific knowledge.

Scholars are awarded a stipend of $400 per week for a maximum period of 6 weeks (full time). For students with employment or other commitments, part-time arrangements can be negotiated.


Vacation scholars must be currently enrolled in an Australian undergraduate degree and have completed at least one year of discipline-specific study. Scholars must be continuing their university enrolment during their scholarship placement period; this excludes students who who will completing third year at the end of this current semester (even if you intend to commence Honours next year).

Scholars will be required to submit a short report at the conclusion of their placement that may be used by the Institute for future promotions.

The Institute is committed to offering opportunities to people from a range of different backgrounds and varied life experiences. We appreciate that diversity of thought drives innovation and leads to better scientific outcomes.

How to apply

  1. Investigate our diseases research areas and our research fields and decide on the areas that interest you
  2. Complete the Vacation Scholar Program application form.
  3. Email the follow supporting documents to studentapplications@wehi.edu.au with the email subject line: 2017 Vacation Scholarship supporting documents – YOURSURNAME
    a) Current CV
    b) Up-to-date academic transcripts
    Please send these supporting documents from the same email account you included in your online application. 

Application deadline: 6 October 2017

Shortlisted applicants will be asked to interview with prospective supervisors. Students will be notified of outcomes via email by 1 December 2017. 

Placements will commence from January (or as negotiated with the supervisor). The number of placements available will vary depending on availability of supervisors. 


For more information:

Kerry Ko
Scientific Education Administrator
Email: education@wehi.edu.au


Professor Doug Hilton pictured with three Metcalf Scholars

Our inaugural Metcalf Scholars received scholarships to spend some of their undergraduate year working with research teams in the laboratory.