NZ Summer Scholarships

Applications for the 2018/19 New Zealand Heart Research Summer Scholarship Program are now open.


New Zealand Heart Research Summer Scholarship Program

The Heart Research Institute is excited to offer a number of Summer Undergraduate Scholarships to New Zealand's best and brightest young researchers. 

These scholarships provide high-achieving and promising Kiwi students the opportunity to work on a medical research project directly related to cardiovascular disease, expand on their skills and knowledge, and be mentored in a world-class research institute. Scholarship recipients are expected to write a report on their work experience and will have the opportunity to make a presentation to their peers and supervisors at the end of the scholarship period.

These summer scholarships will take place in Sydney, Australia over the Australian summer holidays for eight weeks. Placements are full-time and typically begin early December 2018, running until the end of January 2019. 

Check out our 2017/18 NZ Scholarship winners and learn about their experiences.

Research Themes

The HRI's mission is to prevent death and suffering from cardiovascular disease. The wide variety of scientific groups at the Heart Research Institute each conduct cutting-edge research into a specific aspect of the disease. These include stroke, hypertension, atherosclerosis, bioengineering, biomaterials, medical devices and thrombosis. Find out more about our research areas here.

Post-doctorate scientists will provide mentorship, leadership and provide regular feedback, with Group Leaders overseeing.


All research will be carried out at our laboratories in Newtown (Sydney, Australia) or the Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney

Explore our Newtown facilities in this virtual tour.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be assessed by senior HRI scientists on the basis of academic merit and suitability. Applications must include: 

  • a one-page cover letter outlining your reasons for applying and your interests in research

  • your academic record (including certified academic transcript for current degree)

  • your CV including referees (a summary of your work experience and other relevant activities)

  • indication of which research themes you are interested in.

Please submit the application all together in one PDF document. 

Please be aware: This Scholarship is a Category A position according to the NSW Health Policy - Occupational Assessment, Screening Vaccination Against Specified Infectious Diseases. Successful applicants will be required to provide evidence of protection against the infectious diseases specified, at their own cost, prior to commencing with the HRI. Download this form for more information. 


Applications close 5pm, 24 August 2018.


Successful applicants will have return flights to Sydney and accommodation at a nearby College in Sydney organised and paid for by the HRI. This College is within walking distance of the HRI and all the buzz of Newtown. Successful applicants will also receive a stipend.