Independent research abroad
If you are an undergraduate or postgraduate coursework student enrolled in research units at Monash, you may be eligible to undertake research towards your degree abroad. This experience lets you gain new skills and build your professional network through structured research abroad.
If you are or PhD student wishing to research overseas towards your degree, see Graduate Research.
How does it work?
Research Abroad involves enrolling in a research unit or experience overseas, under the supervision of a host academic at a Monash exchange or study abroad partner institution.
To be eligible, you must be be enrolled in a research unit or completing research towards a hurdle requirement at Monash. If you are not enrolled in research for credit or as a hurdle requirement, you may be eligible to register your research activity as a co-curricular program.
The research experience can be initiated by you, by a Monash faculty member wishing to support your academic collaboration, or through a structured program, such as MURPA.
Endorsement from a Monash Supervisor, Program Manager, Exchange Coordinator or Faculty Administrator must be obtained prior to registering your experience with Monash Abroad
Where can I go and what can I learn?
By doing research abroad you have an opportunity to gain a range of discipline-specific and transferable skills that will benefit your academic studies and career. Where you go and what you learn will be determined by your research area, the skills and experience you wish to gain.
Monash Undergraduate Research Projects Abroad (MURPA) let you gain a unique summer placement in a leading research group overseas.
MURPA includes an advanced seminar scheme, which allows you to attend seminars given by world leading experts before you leave for your internship. You could spend your eight-week research placement working on projects from Avian flu drug discovery to spatial visualisation for urban modelling.
How much does it cost?
Host universities may charge administrative or registration fees to visiting students. In some cases, these fees can be waived under the terms of an existing agreement between Monash and that institution.
To apply, you should:
- be enrolled in a Monash degree, and in a research unit or undertaking a hurdle requirement towards which your overseas experience will count;
- obtain support or supervision from a Monash faculty member for overseas research experience;
- ensure the research activity takes place at a recognised university or institute outside of Australia (i.e. accredited university or government-affiliated research institute)
- meet the requirements of the host institution/program provider to be a visiting researcher or student
Note: If you are choosing to enrol in research units as part of a semester Exchange or Study Abroad, there is no need to apply for Research Abroad.