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The Heart Research Institute is excited to offer multiple Summer Undergraduate Scholarships to Australia's best and brightest young researchers.

This is an outstanding opportunity for talented researchers to develop their skills and gain valuable experience at state-of-the-art research facilities. High calibre scientists, new technologies and cutting-edge equipment are just a few features that make this an exciting opportunity for promising undergraduate students.

The seven-week scholarship provides high-achieving and promising students the opportunity to work on a medical research project directly related to cardiovascular disease, expand on their skills and knowledge, and be mentored in a world-class research institute. Scholarship recipients will be required to write a report on their work experience and will have the opportunity to make a presentation to their peers and supervisors at the end of the scholarship period.

Scholarships take place over the Australian summer holidays for seven weeks. Placements are full-time and will run through November to December or January to February, depending on project availability.

Applications will open 15 July 2020 and must be received no later than 5pm on 15 September 2020.

Spending a summer with HRI was an awesome change of gear. It was incredible to go from lectures and examinations in undergrad to critical thinking and hands-on experiments in the lab. The access to cutting-edge equipment and the support from successful researchers inspired me to return to HRI for my Honours year.” — Emily McCarthy


Scholarships are open to students currently enrolled full-time in an undergraduate degree. Students currently enrolled in graduate entry medical degrees can also apply.

Scholarships will be based on the strength of the application and successful candidates will be required to give an oral presentation and submit a written report of their research at the end of the scholarship. Beyond their scholarship, students may progress to further opportunities with HRI, including the opportunity to undertake Honours or PhD projects.

To be eligible, students must:

  • be an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident
  • be an undergraduate student in their second or third year of university
  • commit to HRI values and responsibilities
  • provide proof of university enrolment and end of year results
  • attend an interview via Skype or face-to-face.

Research themes

HRI's mission is to prevent death and suffering from cardiovascular disease. The wide variety of scientific groups at HRI each conduct cutting-edge research into a specific aspect of the disease. These include stroke, hypertension, atherosclerosis, bioengineering, biomaterials, medical devices and thrombosis.

Find out more about our research areas here. You will be allocated a project within one of these research themes, and while you are here, you will have the opportunity to liaise with scientists across all of HRI’s research areas.

Postdoctoral scientists will provide mentorship, leadership and provide regular feedback, with Group Leaders overseeing.


All projects will be carried out at our laboratories in Newtown (Sydney, Australia) or the Charles Perkins Centre at The University of Sydney.

Explore our Newtown facilities in this virtual tour.

Monthly stipend

Students will receive a stipend payment.

Selection criteria

Applications will be assessed by senior HRI scientists on the basis of academic merit and suitability. Applications must include:

  • a one-page cover letter outlining your reasons for applying and your interest in research
  • your academic record (including certified academic transcript for current degree)
  • your CV including referees (a summary of your work experience and other relevant activities).

Please submit your application all together as ONE PDF document, using the following naming convention: lastname_firstname_2021.

Applications will open 15 July 2020 and must be received no later than 5pm on 15 September 2020.

Note: This Scholarship is a Category A position according to the NSW Health Policy - Occupational Assessment, Screening Vaccination Against Specified Infectious Diseases. Successful applicants will be required to provide evidence of protection against the infectious diseases specified, at their own cost, prior to commencing with HRI.