AUT Summer Research Scholarships - Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences

Closing date: Closes October
Value of Award: $6,000
No. of awards: Varies
Tenure: Summer Research Scholarships will support a ten-week period of full-time research between 1 December and 15 February. The scholar is expected to normally contribute 375 hours over the 10 week period.

Research Projects

Application Form

Summer Research Scholarships are available in the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences between December and March. The number of Scholarships offered in any year will be determined by the availability of funding and appropriate supervision. Summer Research projects may be co-funded by external organisations as Summer Research Scholarships offer a unique opportunity for external organisations, academics and students to work together in research.

Summer Research Scholarships support and enhance research at the University. Auckland University of Technology (AUT) provides promising undergraduate, final-year honours and first-year master’s degree students the opportunity to gain valuable research experience working with leading researchers at AUT. Summer Research can enhance career opportunities and encourage students to pursue postgraduate study by experiencing the challenges and rewards of research.

Selection criteria:

  • Applicants must be enrolled at the time of application at AUT or another New Zealand University in one of the following qualifications and are normally expected to have completed at least three years of undergraduate study: i. undergraduate degree ii. final year honours degree iii. first-year master’s degree; or iv. a Postgraduate Diploma •  PhD students may apply under exceptional circumstances, as determined by the Faculty Scholarships Committee. •  Preference will be given to applicants whose intention is to continue with study at AUT after the completion of the scholarship. •  The scholarship will not support a student’s own Master’s (90 or 120pt) thesis or doctoral research. •  If an intended recipient is currently enrolled in a postgraduate research degree, the academic progress of the recipient must be considered to be paramount.

General Information:

How do students apply?
You are strongly encouraged to contact the project leader for projects you are interested in before submitting the application to find out more about the project and what it involves. Before completing the application form, please read through the “GUIDELINES FOR SummerStudentship22” on page 4 of the application form available from the link on this page.   Refer to the PDF document with a summary of projects that have been funded by the Faculty of Health & Environmental Sciences and are available for eligible students to apply.   If interested in any of the projects (you can apply for up to 3 projects), student researchers can email the completed Student Researcher Profile and Declaration Form to Lourdes Mascarenhas at by 12pm (noon) on Wednesday 06 October.
Research Projects
Application Form

Decision makers
Recipients will be selected by the Faculty who will notify the Scholarships Office of the successful applicant.  

How and when do students learn of the decision?
Timeline 17 Sep – 06 Oct 2021: Projects advertised to potential Student Researchers and Project Leaders meet with interested candidates and invite them to apply using the Student Researcher Profile and Declaration Form. 6 Oct 2021 12pm (noon): Closing date for Student Researcher applications (using the Student Researcher Profile and Declaration Form). 13 Oct 2021: Project leaders review Student Researcher applications and rank in order of preference. 20 Oct 2021: Project leaders notified of final student allocation. 26 Oct 2021: Project leader and successful Student Researchers complete the SCH5 form. 5 Nov 2021: Evidence of unconditional Ethics approval for the proposed project due (where applicable).

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?
i) The student agrees to complete an agreed work plan with defined research outputs in consultation with the project leader. ii) The student is expected to contribute 375 hours over a 10 week period to the research project. Faculties may request that time sheets are kept. iii) Summer Research projects are expected to commence by 1 December . iv) Students should be currently enrolled in an undergraduate, Honours or first year Master’s degree with AUT or at any New Zealand university. v) Students are expected to begin the process of enrolment at AUT in the following year by the end of the year of application to be eligible for the scholarship. vi) During the Summer Research period scholars must not be receiving any alternative scholarship support.

Additional information
Summer Research Projects - Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences Information on the available Summer Research Projects can be viewed here.

Who else has information about this award?
Lourdes Mascarenhas at

For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact:

Auckland University of Technology

Phone: +64 9 921 9837


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