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.

  • Mark Bugden - Summer Research Scholar
  • 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 22nd November through to 21st 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. External (i.e. non-ANU) students from Australia and New Zealand are eligible to apply for a Summer Research Scholarship.

The scholarship includes:

  • accomodation 
  • a weekly allowance
  • return travel to Canberra

ANU students (undergraduate or postgraduate) who meet the Summer Research Scholarship eligibility criteria may also be offered an internship under the Summer Research Internship scheme. This provides students with the same opportunities and weekly allowance that a Summer Research Scholar receives, but it does not include accommodation or travel expenses.

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).


Applications is now closed.


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

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
Stochastic compartment models for mathematical and computational biology Bioinformation science
Algebraic topology Algebra & topology
Arithmetic algebraic geometry Algebra & topology
Arithmetic and Geometry over Finite Fields Algebra & topology
Combinatorial and Geometric Group Theory Algebra & topology
Computability in Algebra and Geometry Algebra & topology
Computational Methods in Real Algebraic Geometry and Applications Computational mathematics
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
Group Actions and Invariants Algebra & topology
Group Theory in Quantum Computation Mathematical physics
Homological Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Algebra & topology
Introduction to String Theory Mathematical physics
Lie algebras in mathematical physics Mathematical physics
Lindbladians and related master equations in quantum mechanics Mathematical physics
Minimal surfaces in the sphere Applied & nonlinear analysis
Model Categories Algebra & topology
Readings in Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Algebra & topology
Reduced models in Plasma Cylinder Computational mathematics
Reflection groups, cacti and crystals Algebra & topology
Regularised black-box optimisation algorithms for least-squares problems Computational mathematics
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
Symbolic and Numeric Computation in Algebraic Geometry Computational mathematics
Synthetic diagnostics for global computer networks and fusion power experiments Computational mathematics
Testing the new generation of molecular dating Bioinformation science
Thin plate splines Computational mathematics
Topics in representation theory Algebra & topology
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