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Past ICRAR Summer Students

Studentships such as ICRAR’s are an excellent opportunity for undergraduate students to experience cutting edge research in Australia. If you are interested in a Summer Studentship with ICRAR, we welcome your application. The purpose of the studentship is to give you research experience and for you to see what the ICRAR PhD study pathway has to offer for you.

Studentships traditionally begin in November each year.

Applications close Thursday 8th August 2019 at 5pm.

General Information

Selected undergraduate students (preference to 3rd, 4th year, and honours students) from Australia and New Zealand will receive up to $7,600 over the 12 week internship (10 weeks work and a two week paid Christmas break). Applicants not from Western Australia will also receive one return airfare to Perth from their home city. Accommodation can be organised by ICRAR and will be subsidised by up to 50%.

Our programme targets undergraduates in their third years, however Honours and Masters students may also apply and will be given due consideration.

Projects will be available in astronomy, radio astronomy engineering and data intensive astronomy. Four of the eight internships available are offered jointly with the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre for projects with a computational focus and use the Pawsey infrastructure. Successful students will be assigned a project that interests them based on their preferences from an extensive list of projects over many topics in astronomy, astronomy computing or radio astronomy engineering.

The successful applicants are expected to begin in late November and work for 10 weeks (not including a two-week Christmas break) through to February 2020.

Any questions about the studentship program or application procedures can be sent to education@icrar.org.


This year we are asking you to indicate your project area preferences from within the following ICRAR research themes:

For an idea of the kinds of projects that  fall within each area, have a look through the current PhD projects available.

Specific project preferences will be sought from those successful in gaining a place in our highly competitive program. We will work with successful students to match them with a project that suits their interests and skills. For examples of projects available in the past, see the 2018 project list.

Application Procedures

Applications for 2019 are due by 5pm Thursday 8th of August.

All applications must include:

  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • Official Academic Transcript
  • Details of your two Academic Referees (who need to submit their reference form by the deadline)

As part of the application process you will be asked what subject areas you’re interested in for your internship, successful applicants will then have the opportunity to select an interesting project within their nominated areas of interest. We will have a project for almost any area of interest, and will work with successful candidates to ensure they have the best experience possible in the internship.

Please ask that your two academic referees complete the reference form by August 8th, 2019. ICRAR will not chase late references and incomplete applications will not be considered.

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Selection Process

Successful students will be contacted by mid-late August.

Evaluation and selection will be based on:

  • Student qualification and past performance.
  • Student motivation and expected benefit.


  • July: Applications open
  • August 8th: Applications Close
  • August (late): Offers completed
  • November 25th: Studentships begin
  • TBC: Pawsey Centre studentship orientation
  • December 6th: Initial presentation day
  • December 23-January 3: Christmas Break
  • February 7th 2020: Final presentation day
  • February 14th 2020:Report due & studentships end

Award Conditions

  1. Applicants must be undergraduate students (preference will be given to 3rd year and above, including honours, but all currently enrolled students are welcome to apply). Students who have not completed an honours year, but are enrolled in a coursework masters in astronomy are also eligible to apply.
  2. Internships will run for approximately 10 weeks of work during the period late November 2019 to February 2020, although dates for the internships are negotiable. Students are expected to start on the first day of the studentship program unless extenuating circumstances apply.
  3. The studentship is for up to $7,600 per student, paid in fortnightly instalments for the duration of the studentship, including over the two-week Christmas break (10 weeks total work, 12 weeks total pay).
  4. Applicants from outside WA will receive a return flight to Perth from their home city, as well as up to 50% accommodation subsidy from ICRAR.
  5. There will be a mandatory one-week induction with the Pawsey Centre in the first week for most students.
  6. Students must be studying at an Australian or New Zealand educational institution and not have held an internship with ICRAR in the past.
  7. Students will write a final report and give a presentation on their work at the conclusion of the project. There may be other requirements which will be made clear to students throughout the program.
  8. Students will be expected to maintain a high level of attendance throughout the duration of the internship and conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times.