Summer Research Scholarships recipients and projects

Summer Research Scholarships are a great way to gain valuable research experience, work with leading researchers at the Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries, enhance your career opportunities and help you think about pursuing postgraduate study.

About the Summer Research Scholarships

  • Conduct a research project under supervision for 10 weeks over the summer months.
  • Receive a tax-free stipend of $6,500. 
  • Applications will close at midnight on 5 August 2021.

How do I apply?

Applications should be submitted online via the Summer Research Scholarship website at the University of Auckland.

Sophie's experience

CAI Projects

Find out all about the summer research projects in Architecture and Planning, Dance Studies, Fine Arts and Design and Music.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. I am completing a degree at the end of the Semester Two 2021. Am I eligible to apply?
Students who are enrolled in an undergraduate degree at the time of scholarship application and who have completed at least two years of equivalent full-time study towards their undergraduate degree at the time of scholarship application are eligible to apply.

2. How is my GPA calculated?
Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated over your two most recent full-time equivalent years of study. For 2021 applications, this would typically be:

•     Semester Two 2019
•     Semester One 2020
•     Semester Two 2020
•     Semester One 2021

All courses in the semester are counted.

3. Are DNCs, DNSs, Ws and fails counted in the GPA calculation?
Yes. Each of these counts in the calculation and is worth zero points.

4. Does ‘working in the University or elsewhere’ mean during the academic year or over the summer?
Creative Arts and Industries students can work 100 hours external to the University for the duration of the summer scholarship, subject to supervisor’s approval.

5. Who is eligible to apply?
Students who are interested in progressing to an Honours or Masters degree and are completing an undergraduate degree, Honours degree, or PGDip are eligible to apply.

6. Can the project be student-driven?
Yes. Students can approach potential supervisors who have listed projects, and can tailor the topic to their interests in certain circumstances. Please read through the list of projects advertised in your area and approach the supervisor with any questions. Proposals are valued for their contributions to research outcomes for the supervisor as well as the student. In the Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries, students must write their own proposals following the application template.

All proposals need to clearly define the scope of the student’s project and the expected research activities undertaken by the student during the period of the Summer Scholarship.

7. Can the project be staff-driven?
Yes. Students can approach potential supervisors who have listed projects for further information. Proposals are valued for their contributions to research outcomes for the supervisor as well as the student. In the Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries, students must write their own proposals following the application template. All proposals need to clearly define the scope of the student’s part in the project, in relation to that of the supervisor, and the expected research activities undertaken by the student during the period of the Summer Scholarship.

8. What will the project be judged on?
The selection of Summer Scholarship applications involves a competitive assessment against the following criteria:

  • Grade Point Average from latest two years (or part-time equivalent) of study
  • Quality of the proposal as presented in the application
  • The student’s stated intention to subsequently enroll in a postgraduate degree. 

We reserve the right to also take into account even distribution of the Summer Scholarships across the Faculty.

9. What are some examples of outcomes for students?
Outcomes for students will usually be in a form that is accessible to other people. This might include an exhibition, performance, recording or publication. Publications include conference papers and journal articles. The outcome might be in the student’s name or it might be collaborative with the supervisor. In some cases, students will be learning about the research process by working as research assistants on staff-driven research projects. In such cases, the outcomes might be in the name of the staff member, with the student identified as a research assistant.

Please scroll down to see previous Summer Scholarships recipients.

10. What are some examples of outcomes for staff?
Outcomes for staff might include an exhibition, performance, recording or publication. If there is no published outcome for the supervisor, then the application should at least identify how the project relates to the supervisor’s research projects and research interests.

11. Who can be my supervisor?
Full-time academic staff are eligible supervisors. Contract or part-time academic staff cannot be supervisors. These are advertised in the list of available Summer Scholarships for 2021. For advice on finding a project and/or supervisor, you may contact the following department graduate advisers:

Supervisors

2020 recipients

Architecture and Planning

  • Marie Ysabel Landingin
  • Jien Lim
  • Madeleine Longson
  • Leith Macfarlane
  • Andrew Moorman
  • Djordje Nikolic
  • Oliver Ray-Chaudhuri
  • Lucy Rossiter
  • Billy Wallis
  • Dian Wang
  • Selina Wang
  • Samuel Wen
  • Yixuan Yuan
  • Ni Zeng
  • Daven Chen
  • William Chen
  • Tsz Shuen
  • Ethan Chung
  • Carys Collins
  • Lance Delos Reyes
  • Nicholas Fuentes Wilson
  • Victoria Gancheva
  • Ying Hung
  • Iman Khan

Dance Studies

  • Matthew Cornere
  • Madison Cronin
  • Celia Hext
  • Manon Humphrey
  • Maria Medina Villapol
  • Anton Pulefale
  • Catherine Tuimavave
  • Alesha Wallabh

Fine Arts

  • Sarah Kolver
  • Romily Marbrook
  • Annika McKenzie
  • George Rump
  • Grace Wiegand
  • Hannah Ireland
  • Xavier Fenton
  • Seong Jang

Music

  • Oliver King
  • Bicknell O'Callahan
  • Liam Pram
  • Vicky Zhu
  • Stig Gilbert

For detailed information, including closing dates and how to apply, visit Summer Research Scholarships website.

Reporting Guidelines

All summer scholarship students must submit their final report either as a written document, a five-minute video or an A1 or A0 poster, together with a cover sheet and supporting letter from the supervisor. The final report is necessary to receive the final payment. The report and supervisor's letter is to be submitted to the Creative Arts and Industries Student Centre.

Report Guidelines will be provided by January 2022.