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Students fascinated and motivated by the potential of a research career in neuroscience are encouraged to apply for the Summer Research Program offered at the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI).

QBI will be accepting applications from students with excellent academic achievement and a desire to pursue a future in neuroscience research to spend up to 10 weeks contributing to research projects currently underway in our laboratories. The program will begin on Monday 21 November, 2016 and run through until Friday 3 February, 2017 with a holiday break from 24 December, 2016 to Monday 2 January, 2017.


By participating in the research program scholars will gain a range of benefits, including:

  • an opportunity to develop new academic and professional skills to enhance employability;
  • experience to test drive research before embarking on future research studies;
  • access to develop links in research networks and connections with other staff and postgraduate students;
  • supervision by outstanding researchers;
  • access to world class facilities and experiences;
  • the possibility of obtaining credit towards your degree or the UQ Advantage Award; and
  • a scholarship for qualifying students to receive an allowance of AUD$300 per week, paid jointly by QBI and the UQ Advantage Office.


To be eligible for the UQ Summer Research Program at QBI, students must:

  • be currently enrolled in an undergraduate, honours or masters by coursework degree at UQ at the time of application;
  • have completed at least one year of full-time study at the time of application;
  • be studying for a degree relevant to the research discipline;
  • have a high level of academic achievement during their undergraduate degree; and
  • have the potential to and an interest in undertaking postgraduate study (masters, MPhil or PhD).


Applications will be assessed by QBI and scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis, taking into account:

  • the availability of projects and supervisors;
  • the academic merit of the applicant;
  • reasons provided for wanting to participate in the program;
  • the quality of the project;
  • available funding; and
  • skills and attributes of applicants to meet project requirements.

Students may be eligible to receive a position and scholarship more than once at the discretion of QBI. However, if the number of applicants exceeds available places and funding, preference will be given to first-time applicants.

Scholarship Support

All applicants will be automatically considered for a Summer Research Scholarship and those who qualify will receive funding equivalent to AUD$300 per week, paid jointly by QBI and the UQ Advantage Office.  This allowance may be paid fortnightly, or as one or more lump sums, as determined by QBI.  The scholarship funding is not paid during periods away from the University such as during the Christmas break when the University is closed (from 24 December 2016 to 2 January 2017).  Stipends are based on weekly participation in the program and no part-week payments will be made.  Scholars must participate in the Program for at least 6 weeks to be eligible to receive a stipend.  No scholars are permitted to participate in the program in a voluntary capacity.

If a scholarship recipient withdraws from the Program, their scholarship will need to be returned for the weeks unworked.

What will be my time commitment and obligations?

Scholars are expected to participate in an ongoing research project or to undertake a substantial piece of supervised research work. Where appropriate to the project, additional discipline-/project-specific obligations may also be required, such as training in research safety and ethics.

The period of eligibility of scholarship payments is up to 10 full weeks, commencing 21 November, 2016 through to 3 February, 2017.  The research period is normally offered in two parts to allow for the Christmas holiday when the University is closed.

At QBI, it is expected that scholars will work on a full-time basis (up to 36 hours per week) during the 10-week program.

QBI scholars will also be asked to prepare and provide a short presentation about their summer research project and reflect on their experiences at the end of the program.

How to apply:

Step 1 - Peruse the research projects listed below (when available) and choose one project from the list of available projects.

Step 2 – Check your eligibility.

Step 3 - Read through the UQ Summer Research Program information and Guidelines for Scholars document contained at the UQ Advantage Office website: http://www.uq.edu.au/undergraduate/summer-research.

Step 4 – Email the relevant project contact person to discuss the topic, project duration and workload requirements, and your available commencement and completion dates (attach your detailed academic CV and academic transcripts including grading system information).  Note:  scholars are strongly encouraged to commence the program on Monday 21 November, 2016 to participate in the compulsory UQ Advantage Office Summer Research Welcome event and QBI student induction activities and requirements organised for that day including OHS training.

Step 5 – Submit your completed Application Form and supporting documentation via the online application form http://www.uq.edu.au/uqadvantage/submit-application by 11:59pm on Wednesday 31 August, 2016.  Please note that applicants can submit one application only, but can specify a second preference option on the Application Form within QBI, if desired.  Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

All applicants will be notified if they will be invited to participate in the Program by Friday 23 September, 2016.

If you have any questions regarding the 2016-2017 UQ Summer Research Program at QBI, please contact Ms Janet Voight, Research Higher Degree Manager, The Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland, Brisbane Queensland, 4072 Australia, Email: qbistudents@uq.edu.au Phone: +61 7 3346 6401.

QBI Group Leaders participating in 2015-2016 and their available projects:

Available projects will be advertised very soon!