About

The ARC Centre of Excellence Undergraduate Scholarships in Climate Extremes are highly competitive scholarships intended to provide undergraduate students from Australian universities an introduction to cutting-edge climate science research at one of our five universities, or our national partners.

Students should be in their 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 Australian and New Zealand citizens, Australian permanent residents, and international students currently enrolled in an Australian university.

If you have any questions about our undergraduate research scholarships please contact Graduate Director A. Prof Melissa Hart (melissa.hart@unsw.edu.au).

Applications for the 2022/23 summer round are now open, please apply below. Applications will close September 16, 2022.

Applicants interested in projects based at Monash University are also encouraged to apply via the Monash vacation scholarship scheme.

Applicants interested in projects based at UNSW are also encouraged to apply via the UNSW vacation scholarship scheme.

Testimonies

Steven Thomas’s investigation into drought started as a six-week undergraduate project and ended up becoming two years of research, conference presentations and more – and that was before he even graduated.

Julie Potgieter was looking for a better way to explore potential careers when an e-mail came through about working on a climate-related research project for undergraduate students. Her project resulted in a first authored journal article.

Projects

  • 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. 

See the full list of current projects here.

Undergraduate scholarship application

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