Student vacation placement

Hudson Institute’s student vacation placement program is designed to give undergraduate and Honour students experience in an area of research and an insight into future career opportunities, while receiving support from a scholarship payment.

The placement is about six-eight weeks, the exact length can be negotiated between the student and their supervisor. Applicants nominate one of three available intake start dates between November and January. 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, students 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 two 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 Institute Christmas close-down period). The first instalment of $600 is made approximately two weeks following the completion of induction processes. The second instalment of $1,200 is made following submission of a Vacation Student Completion Report.

2020/2021 Intakes and deadlines

Applications for the Hudson Institute Vacation Placement Program 2020/2021 are now closed. To register your interest for the 2021/2022 program, please complete the Expression of Interest form here.

Completion report

Each placement student must prepare a brief online report of the work undertaken during their placement within two weeks of completion of the project. The final scholarship payment cannot be made until this report has been submitted along with other completion paperwork. The report is available here.

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