First listed on: 09 July 2018

CSIRO Undergraduate Vacation Scholarships - Research Office

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Our Undergraduate Vacation Scholarships are run over the Australian summer holidays and offer high achieving and promising undergraduate students the opportunity to collaborate with leading CSIRO scientists in our world class facilities.

Students will have the chance to work on a real project in science, engineering or a related field such as science communication, or research management. Placements are full time and will typically begin in late November 2018 or early December and can be from 8 to 12 weeks in length.

Participation in the Vacation Scholarship Program has influenced previous scholarship holders in their choice of further study and future career options. Many have gone on to pursue a PhD in CSIRO or to build a successful research career within CSIRO, a university or industry.

The Research Office administers CSIRO’s internal competitive funding schemes (Research-Plus and Future Science Platforms) and CSIRO’s involvement in major external grant and award schemes. The Research Office have the following vacation scholarship available:

Project Title:   Understanding the Experience of Early Career Researchers in CSIRO

Location:         Clayton, VIC or Waite Campus, SA

Scholarship:    $1,536.81 per fortnight

Reference:       57805

Project Description

CSIRO employs a large number of early career researchers, particularly Postdoctoral Fellows. The aim of this student project will be to conduct a qualitative and quantitative survey of CSIROs Postdoctoral Fellow community to understand their experience in CSIRO, and to evaluate the effectiveness of initiatives implemented since the survey was last conducted in January 2017.

Project Duties/Tasks

  • Review previous survey results and arising actions
  • Design and implement survey of early career researchers, supervisors and mentors
  • Work with relevant CSIRO groups to gain ethics approval and implement the survey
  • Analyse survey results and communicate in various formats including written report and oral presentation
  • Liaise with the CSIRO National Postdoctoral Fellows Committee
  • There may be the opportunity to be involved in other Research Office activities related to research grants and awards

Relevant Fields of Study

  • Business, e.g. HR, Marketing, Communications
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences

Contact: For more details please contact Merrilyn Larusson by phone on 08 8303 8510 or email  


To be eligible to apply you must be an Australian or New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or an international student who has full work rights for the 8 to 12 weeks duration (does not require visa sponsorship).

Vacation scholarships are open to students who:

  • are currently enrolled at an Australian university;
  • have completed at least three years of a full-time undergraduate course (however exceptional second year students may be considered); and
  • have a strong academic record (credit average or higher).

How to apply:

You will be required to:

  1. submit a resume/cover letter (as one document) which includes:
    • the reasons why the research project/s you have selected are of interest to you; and how your previous skills/knowledge and experience meets the project requirements; and
    • an outline of your longer-term career aspirations and detail how this program will help you achieve them.
  2. upload your academic results in the ‘Requested Information’ field.

If you experience difficulties applying online call 1300 984 220 and someone will be able to assist you. Outside business hours please email:

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Applications close on: Monday 6 August 2018

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