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studentships-poster-2017-webThis year’s studentships will begin in February 2018.

Applications close March 1st, 5pm AWST.

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.

2017 PDF Poster

General Information

In 2017 selected undergraduate students (preference to 3rd, 4th year, and honours students) from Australia and New Zealand will receive up to $6,000 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 2018.

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

Application Procedures


Applications for 2017 are due by 5pm Friday the 1st of September.

All applications must include:

  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • Official Academic Transcript
  • Contact Details for two Academic Referees

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. You can also choose to give us project preferences in your application, but this is optional.

Please ask that your two academic referees complete the reference form by September 2nd, 2017. 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 late September.

Evaluation and selection will be based on:

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


  • Early August: Applications open
  • September 1st: Applications Close
  • September (late): Offers completed
  • November 27th: Studentships begin
  • TBC: Pawsey Centre studentship orientation
  • December 7/8th (TBC): Initial presentation day and trip to the Gravity Discovery Centre
  • December 25-January 5: Christmas Break
  • Week of February 5th 2017: ICRAR Final presentations
  • February TBC: Pawsey Centre Final presentation day
  • February 16th 2018: 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 2017 to February 2018, 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 $6,000 per student, paid in weekly instalments of $500 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 an oral 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.