Interested in climate science?
The ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes trains the climate science leaders of the future.
Our undergraduate scholarships give you the chance to contribute to and learn about the leading climate science happening in Australia right now.
You could help improve our understanding of La Niña events, better plan for our cities or understand how different ocean extremes interact. These are just a few examples of the projects you can get involved in.
Who these scholarships are for
You should be in your second, third, or post-honours year and interested in pursuing honours or a postgraduate degree in climate science.
Scholarship projects may either run on a full-time basis over the summer or other mid-sem/trimester breaks, or part-time for the equivalent of six weeks full time work throughout the academic year.
The scholarships are valued at $3,800.
Scholarships are open to students currently enrolled in an Australian university. All projects can be undertaken remotely if necessary.
How do I apply for a scholarship?
- Read the list of available projects.
- Check that you meet the requirements of your desired project/s.
- Fill out the application form here.
Applications close 16 September 2022.
View available projects below and click here to apply.
Undergraduate scholarship projects:
UNSW08: Future Precipitation Extremes in Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS)
Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS) are vulnerable to the adverse effects of changing climate, especially extreme weather such as heavy precipitation leading to flash floods. A problem in assessing… View Article
UNSW07: Drivers of flash droughts in Australia
The student will use multi-source datasets to identify the drivers of flash droughts and quantify their relative role in the Australian context.
UNSW04: Tropical cyclones in Australia
This project investigates the relationship between tropical cyclone characteristics in the Australian sector and the sea surface temperature conditions in the Indian Ocean.
UNSW05: Near real-time estimates of drought breaking probabilities
Once a drought has begun the important question is: when will the drought end?
MON01: Australian East Coast trends in atmospheric water vapour and rainfall patterns
The aim of this project is to quantify trends in atmospheric water vapour transport over the east coast of Australia in order to help us understand how rainfall patterns may change in the future.
UNSW06: Clustering weather types for urban climate evaluation in Australian cities
The approach presented in this study will provide better support to planners and decision-makers in the development of urban spaces in regard to their expected use.
UTAS01: Co-occurrence of mesoscale eddies and marine heatwaves
Marine heatwaves are extreme climate events of anomalously warm ocean surface that have significant impact on marine species, ecosystem distribution consequently on our society.
UNSW03: Developing a drought impacts database for Australia
In this project, you will develop a drought impacts database in a spreadsheet format by mining a wide range of documents. This database will provide valuable information regarding Australian droughts that will be used for drought research in the future.
UNSW02: Albedo effects on Saharan convection
Mid-level clouds form with a predictable daily cycle over the Sahara in north Africa. The clouds affect the radiation budget for the region, but form in thin layers that are challenging to correctly simulate in weather and climate models.
UNSW01: Mapping hail boundary conditions in Australia
In this project, the student will use high-resolution data to examine the state of the atmosphere in Australia over the last four decades, and produce maps showing hail boundary conditions – that is, where and when hail could or could not occur.