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.

In 2019/2020 scholars will be 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.

Winter vacation placements can also be individually arranged with supervisors, although will not be available in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions.


Vacation scholars must be currently enrolled in an Australian undergraduate degree and have completed at least one year of discipline-specific study by November. 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

Please note that due to the current COVID-19 situation, supervisors will not be taking vacation scholars for winter 2020. Opportunities for 2021 summer placements will be announced later in the year. We will communicate this via our website and social media channels.


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.