UQ Student Employability Centre's Vacation Research Scholarship Program

UQ Student Employability Centre's Vacation Research Scholarship (VRS) program involves vacation research. Please check the UQ Student Employability Centre (UQSEC) website initially for updates about the program. If QAAFI is participating in the current program, our contact details will be listed on the UQSEC website.

Key features

  • A weekly stipend plus travel allowance for eligible awardees;
  • Supervision by well-established researchers;
  • Access to state-of-the-art research facilities and materials that may not be readily available elsewhere;
  • Capacity to obtain credit (or milestone requirements) towards your undergraduate degree (subject to degree rules and structure).

Project dates (offered annually)

  • Winter Research Scholarship (WRS) June – July
  • Summer Research Scholarship (SRS) November – February

Application deadline

Check UQSEC website for opening and closing dates

Available projects

Find a project that interests you by browsing the Student project opportunities on our website and contact potential QAAFI advisor(s) directly to discuss what might be available.

QAAFI scholarship eligibility requirements

In addition to UQSEC's eligibility requirements, the applicant must meet the following QAAFI requirements:

  1. Have at least one supervisor who is a QAAFI staff member or affiliate;
  2. Be actively enrolled in an undergraduate or masters by coursework program during the Research Scholarship period and can provide evidence of this;
  3. Credit any and all publications arising from the project to QAAFI.

How to apply

  1. Ensure you have read the QAAFI eligibility requirements under QAAFI Scholarship Eligibility Requirements (above) and you are aware of all eligibility and requirements of the application and program.  When you submit your application, you are agreeing that you have read and understood the QAAFI's and UQAO's eligibility requirements.
  2. Find a project that interests you by browsing the current projects, then secure advisor support by contacting them directly by searching our website.  If a project is missing, you can contact our researchers directly to discuss potential future opportunities.
  3. Get mandatory written support from your potential Vacation Research Scholarship supervisor, otherwise your UQAO application will not be reviewed. The support evidence can be sent from the researcher's email account (PDF file is accepted) or on a QAAFI-UQ letterhead containing the following details: 
  • Applicant's full name and contact information;
  • What the support is for (The Vacation Research Scholarship project title must be provided as it's a compulsory pre-text field in UQ Advantage Office's online application form);
  • Expected project period; and that the
  • Support is available on the condition that the application is successful in being awarded the research scholarship.

  4. Complete UQ Advantage Office's online application form by the deadline stated on UQSEC website.


Vacation scholarship projects are available annually. While every effort has been made to ensure this information is up-to-date, please confirm details with UQ Advantage Office or QAAFI before proceeding. Postgraduate Administration team email QAAFI_RHD@uq.edu.au


QAAFI RHD Travel Awards

QAAFI offers Travel Awards to QAAFI enrolled and confirmed Research Higher Degree (RHD) students for travel to international or domestic scientific conferences. The awards will contribute to attendance costs including registration, airfares, accommodation and other transport. Students can apply as often as rounds are available, but will only be eligible to receive ONE award during their entire RHD degree with QAAFI.

Click to learn full detail about the QAAFI RHD Travel Awards

Vacation Research Scholarship vocabulary used at QAAFI

Acronym Meaning
VRP/VRS Vacation Research Program/ Scholarship
SRP/SRS Summer Research Program/ Scholarship
WRP/WRS Winter Research Program/ Scholarship