Summer Programs

Summer Programs

The Summer Programs offered by the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science are a great opportunity to meet and work with academic staff on real research projects and get a taste of what it is like to undertake a research degree. Some of our graduate research students find out about us by taking part in our summer scholars program or one of our summer schools.

Summer Research Scholars

Summer Research Scholarships are designed for talented students from ANU and other tertiary institutions considering undertaking postgraduate research in the future. They are an excellent opportunity to carry out research under the supervision of researchers based in the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science and Data61 (the organisation formerly known as NICTA), utilising facilities and materials not readily available elsewhere.

The scholarship gives you the opportunity to stretch your academic and personal boundaries by undertaking your own research project during an eight week summer program.

Join us between Monday 21 November 2016 and Friday 20 January 2017 to take part in an exciting research project. A list of projects for students to choose from will be available here at the end of July, and students should nominate a project which fits their interests and academic strengths. ANU summer scholars have the opportunity to work with some of the world's leading engineers and computer scientists at the ANU and Data61. We provide full board, a tax-free living stipend and return travel to Canberra from within Australia or New Zealand.

The scholarship package including accomodation, travel reimbursement and a weekly living allowance of $135.00 per week gives you the opportunity to stretch your academic and personal boundaries by undertaking research projects and activities during the summer program.

The scholarships are offered each year to third or final year undergraduate students, including Honours students, who are currently enrolled at Australian or New Zealand universities and are interested in pursuing Honours or a higher degree by research. Other students, including postgraduate students, may be considered at the discretion of the college.

Find a research project and supervisor

There are two key decisions that you need to make about your summer research project - your choice of supervisor, and the project itself.

All prospective scholars will need to contact and then negotiate with potential supervisors regarding the nature of the work and research they are interested in before they apply to the scholar program at ANU.


Applications open 1 August 2016 and close on 31 August 2016. Students wishing to apply to the program should follow the below link to the ANU’s main Summer Scholarships webpage, and then click on the ‘Apply now’ button:

A list of Summer projects for students to choose from is available here. Details of further projects are available on the CECS student research page. Students wishing to apply for a project from the student research page will need to contact the supervising academic to confirm that the academic is available for this project during the 2016-2017 Summer period.

Students should indicate their choice of project clearly on their application forms: be sure to include the title(s) of your chosen project(s) and the name(s) of your prospective supervisor(s). Students must remember that their applications cannot be assessed without copies of their academic transcripts and of two referee reports from academic referees.

Summer Schools

The College has a strong reputation for hosting innovative summer schools where students and academics from around the world spend two weeks of intensive study with academics in ANU and Data61, and combine this with social and cultural events.

Our Summer Schools include:


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