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 seven weeks, from Monday 19 November 2018 through to Friday 18 January 2019.

The scholarship includes:

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

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


  • Open 1 August 2018
  • Close 31 August 2018


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
Analysis (harmonic, functional, and/or stochastic) of partial differential equations Analysis & geometry, Stochastic analysis & risk modelling
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
Eigenfunction concentration Analysis & geometry
Eigenvalues of the Laplacian on Riemannian manifolds Applied & nonlinear analysis
Enriched monoidal categories Algebra & topology
Group Actions and Invariants Algebra & topology
Homological Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Algebra & topology
Interactive and automated theorem proving Algebra & topology
Minimal surfaces in the sphere Applied & nonlinear analysis
Noncommutative geometry & its application to physics Analysis & geometry, Mathematical physics
Readings in Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Algebra & topology
Reduced models in Plasma Cylinder Computational mathematics
Scattering theory Analysis & geometry
Sensitivity Analysis of environmental models Computational mathematics
Synthetic diagnostics for global computer networks and fusion power experiments Computational mathematics
The Monge mass transportation problem Applied & nonlinear analysis
Using methods from algebraic geometry to develop numerical approximations Computational mathematics
Wave diffraction Analysis & geometry