Student Vacation Placement Program 2016-2017

The Hudson Institute Student Vacation Placement Program is a scheme designed to give undergraduate and Honour students experience in an area of research and an insight into future career opportunities supplemented by a scholarship payment for the placement period.

Your placement with Hudson Institute is generally 6-8 weeks, the exact length can be negotiated between the student and their nominated supervisor. Applicants are required to nominate one of the three available intake start dates between November and January (dates are listed below). The placements are not intended to support the employment of students for routine work.


The scheme is open to University undergraduates who have completed at least two years of their course at the time the placement commences. Undergraduates who have completed their final year and students currently finishing an Honours year will be eligible only if they can demonstrate plans to undertake further study the following year. Before applying, the student should contact a supervisor and receive written acceptance to join their laboratory.

Vacation scholars are paid a tax-free stipend of $300 per week (paid over 2 instalments) for the agreed tenure, which must be for at least six weeks and up to a maximum of eight weeks (excluding holidays and the Hudson Christmas closedown period). The first instalment of $600 will be made approximately 2 weeks following the completion of induction processes. The second instalment of $1200 will take place following submission of a Vacation Student Completion Report  to Grants/Research Office and any institute property returned to the Human Resources (HR) Officer if necessary (including keys and laboratory books).

Funding (further details)

In order to be eligible for the program the students must:

    • Contact the supervisor
    • Get approval from the supervisor to join their laboratory (note limited funded positions are available however volunteer positions may be offered)
    • Apply within the guidelines of this program
    • Apply before the closing date.

How and where do I find out more?

The Hudson Student Handbook 2017 outlines the projects currently on offer along with contact details for project supervisors. It is recommended that applicants attend the annual Graduate Student Expo at Hudson Institute. Applicants are required to contact the project supervisor prior to submitting an application.

Application Process

Applications for the 2016/17 program have now closed. Please check back for more information on the 2017/18 program.

How to apply:

Applicants will need to contact their proposed project supervisor and then complete the Online Application Form. A copy of their academic transcript is required to be attached to the online form. A web print out of the academic transcript is suitable.

Students currently completing their final undergraduate year or currently finishing an Honours year also need to provide evidence of plans to undertake further study. This may include:

    • Copy of Honours or PhD University Application, or
    • Letter of Offer from University, or
    • University Confirmation of Enrolment, or
    • Statement/Letter of support from University Department Head

Applications should be submitted by the closing date of the applicant’s chosen intake.

Completion report

Each placement student must prepare a brief online report of the work undertaken during their placement within 2 weeks of completion of the project. The final scholarship payment will not be made until this report has been submitted along with other required completion paperwork. The report is available here: Vacation Student Completion Report.

For further information please contact Grants Team:

Dr Mai Sarrau (email: