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The NZ Summer Scholarship Program is currently closed to applications.

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About the Program

The Heart Research Institute (NZ) offers multiple Summer Undergraduate Scholarships to New Zealand's best and brightest young researchers.

This is an outstanding opportunity for talented researchers to develop their skills and gain valuable experience at state-of-the-art research facilities. High calibre scientists, new technologies and cutting-edge equipment are just a few features that make this an exciting opportunity for promising NZ undergraduate students.

The seven-week scholarship provides high-achieving and promising 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 will be required 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.

Following the seven-week summer scholarship period, students are welcome to stay on with HRI in 2024 to undertake Honours study with The University of Sydney. Placements are full-time and will begin in early January 2024.

Please note: HRI has the right to cancel the Summer Scholarship program at any time if travel restrictions or health regulations require it.

Starting a medical research career at HRI


Scholarships are open to NZ students currently enrolled full-time in the final year of an undergraduate degree. Students currently enrolled in graduate entry medical degrees can also apply.

Scholarships will be based on the strength of the application. Beyond their scholarship and Honours placement, students may progress to further opportunities with HRI, including the opportunity to work as a Research Assistant for 12 months or PhD candidature.

To be eligible, students must:

  • be a New Zealand citizen
  • be studying at a New Zealand university, in the final year of study
  • be able to commit to stay on for Honours supported by HRI
  • commit to HRI values and responsibilities
  • provide proof of university enrolment and end of year results
  • attend an interview via Microsoft Teams.

Research themes

HRI’s mission is to prevent death and suffering from cardiovascular diseases, a complex array of diseases affecting the heart and blood vessels.

We will address areas of unmet need in cardiovascular diseases including coronary artery disease, stroke, peripheral artery disease, heart failure, preeclampsia, congenital heart disease and pulmonary vascular disease, as well as metabolic complications such as diabetes. Find out more about our research areas here.

There are opportunities for students in several groups including our newly emerging bioanalytical research group, Microvascular Research and Atherosclerosis and Vascular Remodelling, with opportunities in other research groups opening at a later stage.

You will be allocated a project within one of these research themes, and while you are here, you will have the opportunity to liaise with scientists across all of HRI’s research areas.

Postdoctoral scientists will provide mentorship, leadership and provide regular feedback, with group leaders overseeing.


All projects 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 and commitment to Honours in 2024
  • your academic record (including certified academic transcript for current degree)
  • your CV including referees (a summary of your work experience and other relevant activities).

Please submit your application all together as ONE PDF document, using the following naming convention lastname_firstname_2024.

Applications must be received no later than 5pm on Sunday 29 October 2023.

Monthly stipend

Students will receive a stipend payment, a one-way flight from New Zealand to Sydney and paid accommodation during the seven-week program. During the Honours study period, students will also receive a generous monthly stipend but will need to arrange their own accommodation. Students will also receive flights back to New Zealand at the conclusion of their Honours program.

HRI supports Equal Employment Opportunity

We value diversity and encourage applications from women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, people with disability, LGBTQI individuals and applicants of diverse cultures and ages.

We are committed to the safety and wellbeing of our employees and affiliates, and our community. Whoever you are, you are welcome at HRI.

If you have a disability and need support to submit your application, please email

Note: 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 HRI.

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