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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.

Placements are full-time. Note that the Summer Scholarship program may be cancelled at any time if travel restrictions or health regulations require it. HRI has strong COVID-safe protocols in place, including regular onsite COVID testing.

Applications for the 2022 Summer Scholarships are now closed.

Starting a medical research career at HRI


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

Scholarships will be based on the strength of the application and successful candidates will be required to give an oral presentation and submit a written report of their research at the end of the scholarship. Beyond their scholarship, students may progress to further opportunities with HRI, including the opportunity to undertake Honours or PhD projects.

To be eligible, students must:

  • be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • be a New Zealand undergraduate student in their second or third year of university
  • commit to HRI values and responsibilities
  • provide proof of university enrolment and end of year results
  • attend an interview via Skype.

In line with NSW Health advice, it is highly recommended you are COVID-19 vaccinated.

It was incredible to go from lectures and examinations in undergrad to critical thinking and hands-on experiments in the lab. The access to cutting-edge equipment and the support from successful researchers inspired me to return to HRI for my Honours year.” — Emily McCarthy

Research themes

HRI's mission is to prevent death and suffering from cardiovascular disease. The wide variety of scientific groups at HRI 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. 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.

Monthly stipend

Students will receive a stipend payment, return flights from New Zealand to Sydney and full accommodation including breakfast.