Summer Scholars Program

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Summer Scholars Program Brochure

NICTA funds scholarship opportunities in a variety of Summer or Vacation programs offered through our partner Universities. The Summer Scholars Program offers eligible students the Image of students on a staircaseopportunity to spend 8 to 12 weeks over the summer at one of our five labs in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra.

Established in 2004, the Summer Scholars Program is intended to encourage high calibre undergraduates to explore the potential for a career in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) research. Summer Scholars are exposed to the professional research resources and facilities at NICTA via this nationally recognised program.

The two principal elements of the Summer Scholars Program are:

  • A research project is prepared and completed by each scholar, including the submission of an individual technical report, under the supervision of a NICTA staff researcher who assumes the role of mentor for the summer. In some of NICTA’s labs, scholars participate in a poster session where they share the results of their projects and ultimately compete for the Best Summer Scholar prize in each Laboratory.
  • Scholars from all laboratories attend a Summer Scholars Showcase

SummerScholarsShowcase1The research period typically begins in late November or early December and concludes in February of the following year (although other dates can sometimes be negotiated). Students are awarded a tax-exempt scholarship  for their summer research experience.

All NICTA summer scholars are required to attend the Summer Scholars Showcase which is held at the beginning of the research period in late November or early December. This is an exclusive event designed to demonstrate NICTA’s work in ICT and connect the scholars with NICTA PhD students, researchers and ICT leaders to learn about their experiences. Opportunities for students to complete their postgraduate research training with NICTA are explored and the Showcase also provides informal networking opportunities.

The 2015 Summer Scholars Showcase will be held in Sydney on 26-27 November.

Follow the links below for more information relating to the Summer Scholars programs on offer:


The University of Melbourne – Summer Research Experience

Open 1 August / Close 31 August 

Are you thinking about pursuing a career in research? The Summer Research Experience will introduce current undergraduate students to research through a summer project, with researchers from the Melbourne School of Engineering (University of Melbourne) and NICTA’s Victoria Research Laboratory.

The Australian National University – Summer Research Scholar Program

Open 1 August / Close 31 August    Projects

Come to the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science and enjoy 8-12 weeks of study on an exciting research project. Take advantage of the chance to work with some of the world’s leading engineers and computer scientists at ANU and NICTA’s Canberra Research Laboratory. Further information, eligibility criteria and application procedures can be found at and

The University of New South Wales – Taste of Research Summer Scholarships

Open 13 July / Close 21 August   Projects

Have you ever wondered what research is about or whether you would be interested in a career in research? The Faculty of Engineering at UNSW gives students the opportunity to find out by offering Taste of Research Summer Scholarships for a period of 12 weeks from November to February each year. Further information, eligibility criteria and application procedures can be found at .

NICTA Queensland Summer Research Scholarship Program

The Queensland Summer Research Scholarship Program is supported by NICTA’s Queensland University partners – Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology and The University of Queensland – and provides promising students the opportunity to undertake work experience in a research environment.

The University of Sydney – Vacation Scholarships Program

Open 7 August / Close 15 September   Projects

Vacation Scholarships are available for interested 3rd and 4th year undergraduate students and Masters of Information Technology by coursework students to undertake projects in the School of Information Technologies and in NICTA’S NSW research laboratories. Further information, eligibility criteria and application procedures can be found at