Summer research program

The Summer Research program is supported by full scholarships and is aimed at undergraduate or honours students thinking about pursuing honours or graduate research in the future. Gain research experience alongside world-leading mathematicians.

  • Matthew Calvin - Summer Research Scholar
  • Yusheng Luo - Summer Research Scholar

The Summer Research Scholarship program at the Mathematical Sciences Institute gives undergraduate students the opportunity to gain insight into studying honours or a postgraduate research degree (PhD or MPhil). The program runs for nine weeks, from 21st November through to 20th January (breaking during Christmas/New Year period). The Mathematical Sciences Institute offers Summer Research Scholarships and Summer Research Internships. ANU students are eligible to apply for a Summer Internship (SRI). External (i.e. non-ANU) students from Australia and New Zealand are eligible to apply for a Summer Research Scholarship (SRS).

Successful SRS candidates are awarded a weekly stipend of $150 plus on campus accommodationand and meals. 

Successful SRI candidates are awarded a weekly stipend of $400 to cover for the off campus rental and other associate costs.

MSI Summer Research Scholars and Summer Interns will be invited to participate in a variety of shared social events, workshops and seminars during the summer period.

A limited number of Summer Research Scholarships are available each year so we recommend you also submit an application for an AMSI Vacation Research Scholarship (VRS).


Open 1 August 2022

Close 15 September 2022


Undergraduate students in their third or final year of their degree or Honours students, and currently enrolled at an Australian or New Zealand university.

Equity-based adjustments may be made for Indigenous students or for other reasons aligned to the Education Access Scheme (Equity) Adjustment Schedule. College of Science will offer fully funded positions to successful applicants.

How to apply

  1. Choose a research project and supervisor
  2. Upload expression of interest,  transcript , CV and other supporting documentations.
  3. Apply

Please note that we may have to suspend this program prior to commencement due to COVID 19 travel restrictions or lockdowns. 

Potential projects

Project name Research group Supervisor contact
Efficient numerical methods for 3D underwater acoustic wave propagation Computational mathematics
Algebraic topology Algebra & topology
Arithmetic algebraic geometry Algebra & topology
Arithmetic and Geometry over Finite Fields Algebra & topology
Computability in Algebra and Geometry Algebra & topology
Curve shortening flow Applied & nonlinear analysis
Edge Localised Modes – linear stability and dynamics Computational mathematics
Eigenvalues of the Laplacian on Riemannian manifolds Applied & nonlinear analysis
Energetic Particle Physics of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) Computational mathematics
Evaluation of hydrological models Computational mathematics
Exploring Adaptive Mesh Refinement strategies for dynamic earthquake rupture modeling with ExaHyPE Computational mathematics
Exterior Differential Systems and Hyperbolic PDE Mathematical physics
Geometric Control Theory Mathematical physics
Group Actions and Invariants Algebra & topology
Lindbladians and related master equations in quantum mechanics Mathematical physics
Mimetic and stable numerical methods for nonlinear shallow water equations Computational mathematics
Minimal surfaces in the sphere Applied & nonlinear analysis
Model Categories Algebra & topology
Quantum computing of fusion plasmas Computational mathematics
Readings in Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Algebra & topology
Reduced models in Plasma Cylinder Computational mathematics
Reflection groups, cacti and crystals Algebra & topology
Representation theory and combinatorics of symmetric groups Algebra & topology
Sensitivity Analysis of environmental models Computational mathematics
Shaping value of information to real world conditions in water decision making Computational mathematics
Spectral Sequences in Algebraic Topology Algebra & topology
Synthetic diagnostics for global computer networks and fusion power experiments Computational mathematics
Thin plate splines Computational mathematics
Upwind summation-by-parts (SBP) finite difference methods for 3D seismic wave propagation in complex geometries Computational mathematics
Wave packets in harmonic analysis Analysis & geometry
Well-posed and stable boundary conditions for bedload transport equation (the 2D Exner Equation) Computational mathematics