Laby Research Scholars Program
(Vacation Research Program)

Providing outstanding students with a supervised introduction to research in physics.

About the program

The Laby Research Scholars Program provides you with a supervised introduction to research in physics. If you're a successful candidate, you will be supervised by a member of staff according to your interests and strengths.

As well as learning new things for the purpose of research goals, the Laby Research Scholars Program will enable you to gain workforce experience and the chance to meet, socialise and make friends with students of similar interests.

The scholarship program is aimed at second or third year students who are considering enrollment in postgraduate studies and wish to gain research experience.

The standard duration of the scholarship is four weeks, and the program offers a payment of AUD$2000 (equivalent to $500/week) upon completion. Options for longer scholarships (6 or 8 weeks) may also be available, depending on the project. Detailed information on the scholarship payment will be part of your induction pack.


To be eligible you must be:

  • Enrolled in any single or combined degree program in which you have been able to study a significant amount of Physics.
  • Seriously considering a University of Melbourne Physics postgraduate research program, such as the Master of Science, or Doctor of Philosophy

Students from other Universities are eligible and encouraged to apply. If you wish to receive updates about the application process please email

Current projects

Projects for summer 2019/20 will be announced in early September.

How to apply

Applications will open in September 2019. Application due date is 1 October 2019.


For more information on the Laby Research Scholars Program, please contact: Stephan Rachel,