Summer Research Program Scholarships

The Faculty of Engineering Summer Research Program is a great opportunity for coursework students to gain hands-on experience working in engineering research. For 12 weeks over the summer break, participants are paid a scholarship to work on a research project under the supervision of a Monash University academic.

The Summer Research Program aims to provide participants with:

  • Experience working in depth on an area of research
  • Research and academic skills that can be applied to a future career or studies
  • An insight into what a career in engineering research might look like

Browse projects for 2019-2020

Zijue Chen

Zijue participated in a Summer Research project with the potential to improve people’s lives, working on 3D printed artificial fingers. Motivated by the benefits to people in need of cheap and easy-to-make 3D printed artificial fingers, Zijue drew inspiration from moveable pulleys. There were no direct referents as no similar designs existed. The Summer Research Program was just the beginning of Zijue’s work and promising career with artificial fingers and robotics research.

“It was such a good experiment that I decided to continue this study as my Final Year Project, and I am now completing my PhD, working on an agriculture apple picking robot with a vision system.”

Zijue Chen, Mechanical Engineering PhD student.

Faculty of Engineering Program

Over the 12 weeks of the program, participants work with an academic on a research project. Alongside this, students will also attend a series of sessions teaching research skills and be given information about the engineering research community.

Throughout the program, participant have the opportunity to present their research to their peers and academics, including oral presentations and a poster conference.

Participants will receive a scholarship of $400 per week. Students from outside the Melbourne metropolitan area will be given supplementary funding to cover return travel to Melbourne and additional living costs.

The Faculty’s Summer Research Program is a proven pathway into our graduate research degrees with many of our participants later enrolling in a graduate research degree at Monash University.

Projects for 2019-2020

This year's Summer Research Program will take place between 25 November 2019 - 28 February 2020.

Round 2 applications are open now and close on 4 October. Apply here


To be eligible for the Engineering Summer Research Program applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be in or entering the final year of a relevant undergraduate or coursework master’s degree
  • Be enrolled at a registered Australian or New Zealand higher education provider
  • Have a current weighted average mark of 80% or higher (or equivalent)
  • Be available for the full 12 weeks of the program
  • Meet any project specific requirements outlined by the supervisor

Additional eligibility requirements can be viewed here.

Round 2 applications are open now and close on 4 October. Apply here