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 25th November through to 24th January.

The scholarship includes:

  • full board on campus
  • a weekly allowance
  • return travel to Canberra

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).


The application process will not open until a decision has been made regarding the status or administration of the SRS program for 2020/2021. This decision is currently with the ANU executive.


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

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.

How to apply

  1. Understand conditions of award (DOCX, 91.53 KB)
  2. Choose a research project and supervisor
  3. Send completed referee questionnaire (DOCX 66.5 KB) to
  4. Apply

Potential projects

Project name Research group Supervisor contact
Algebraic topology Algebra & topology
Arithmetic algebraic geometry Algebra & topology
Arithmetic and Geometry over Finite Fields Algebra & topology
Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) – Various Projects
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
Homological Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Algebra & topology
Minimal surfaces in the sphere Applied & nonlinear analysis
Model Categories Algebra & topology
Noncommutative geometry & its application to physics Analysis & geometry, Mathematical physics
Parallel optimisation algorithms for large-scale machine learning Computational mathematics
Readings in Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Algebra & topology
Reduced models in Plasma Cylinder Computational mathematics
Regularised black-box optimisation algorithms for least-squares problems Computational mathematics
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
Thin plate splines Computational mathematics
Topics in representation theory Algebra & topology
Topological Data Analysis for detecting consistent patterns of spread for extremist content Computational mathematics
Upwind summation-by-parts (SBP) finite difference methods for 3D seismic wave propagation in complex geometries Computational mathematics
Using methods from algebraic geometry to develop numerical approximations Computational mathematics