QBI offers summer and winter research programs for undergraduate, honours, and post-graduate coursework students enrolled at UQ.

QBI’s Winter Research Program 2019

UQ’s Winter Research Program provides an excellent opportunity for interested students to work with a researcher in a formal research environment to experience the research process and discover what research is being undertaken in their field of interest.

Students interested in pursuing a research career in neuroscience are encouraged to apply for the UQ Winter Research Program offered at the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI). QBI is looking for exceptional and highly motivated students to spend four (4) weeks contributing to research projects currently underway in our laboratories while earning a scholarship of AUD$1,500. The program will run during the University’s inter-semester vacation period from Monday 24 June 2019 through until Friday 19 July 2019.

Applications opening soon

Applications open from 11 March 2019 and close on 5 April 2019.


Winter research at UQ provides a range of benefits, including:

  • Experience to ‘test-drive’ research before embarking on future research studies (eg. Honours) or higher degree research projects (eg. master’s, MPhil or PhD);
  • An opportunity to develop new academic and professional skills to enhance employability;
  • Access to research networks and the opportunity to build connections with staff and postgraduate students;
  • Supervision by world-class UQ researchers;
  • Access to world-class facilities and experiences;
  • The possibility of obtaining credit towards your degree or the UQ Employability Award; and
  • A scholarship for qualifying students to receive an allowance of AUD$1,500, paid jointly by QBI and the UQ Student Employability Centre (UQ SEC).


To be eligible for the UQ Winter Research Program at QBI, students must:

  • Be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or honours or master’s by coursework degree at UQ at the time of application;
  • Remain an enrolled full-time continuing student for the entirety of the Winter Program (ie. not completing and graduating in the same semester);
  • Be studying for a degree relevant to the research discipline;
  • Have a high level of academic achievement during their degree studies;
  • Have the potential to and an interest in undertaking postgraduate study (Master’s, MPhil or PhD); and
  • Undertake the research program at QBI, located on the UQ St Lucia campus.

Students may be eligible to participate in the program and receive a scholarship more than once at the discretion of QBI. However, if the number of applicants exceeds available places and funding, preference will be given to first-time applicants.


Applications for QBI will be assessed by the Institute and placements will be awarded on a competitive basis, taking into account:

  • Student eligibility;
  • The availability of projects and supervisors;
  • The quality of the project;
  • The academic merit of the applicant;
  • Reasons provided for wanting to participate in the program;
  • Skills and attributes of applicants to meet project requirements; and
  • Available funding.

Scholarship Support

All applicants will be automatically considered for a Winter Research Scholarship and those who qualify will receive funding of AUD$1,500, paid jointly by QBI and the UQ SEC.  No scholars are permitted to participate in the program in a voluntary capacity. If a student withdraws from the program, or their placement is terminated, their scholarship will need to be returned for the equivalent full weeks remaining unworked.  More information about scholarships is available in the UQ Winter Research Program Guidelines for Scholars and Conditions of Participation documents via the UQ SEC website.

What will be my time commitment and obligations?

Scholars are expected to actively participate in an ongoing research project or to undertake a substantial piece of supervised research work. Where appropriate to the project, additional discipline-/project-specific obligations may also be required, such as training in research safety and ethics.

At QBI, it is expected that scholars will be available and make a commitment to work on a full-time basis (up to 36 hours each week) during the Program.

Towards the end of the Program, participating students at QBI may be requested by their supervisor to prepare and provide either a short written report, or oral presentation during a lab group meeting, about their winter project work.

How to apply

Step 1 - Peruse the research projects listed below and choose a project from the list of available projects. Please note that students can submit only one application, but can specify a second QBI project preference option on the Application Form, if desired.

Step 2 – Check your eligibility: carefully read through ALL of the UQ SEC Winter Research Program information, including Guidelines for Scholars document, and Conditions of Participation contained at the UQ SEC’s website: employability.uq.edu.au/winter-research.

Step 3 – Email the relevant project contact person before applying to express your interest in the project, and ascertain if they will support your application (attach your detailed academic CV and academic transcripts to your email).  Important Note: scholars accepted for the program at QBI are strongly encouraged to commence on Monday 24 June 2019 to participate in the compulsory UQ SEC Winter Research Welcome event and QBI’s compulsory student induction activities and requirements organised for that day including OHS training.

Step 4 – Submit an online application via the StudentHub and upload supporting documentation (CV, academic transcripts, supporting statement from a QBI supervisor) by Friday 05 April 2019.  Reminder:  applicants can submit only one application, but can specify a second QBI project preference option on the Application Form, if desired.  Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

All applicants will be notified if they will be invited to participate in the Program by Friday 10 May 2019.

If you have any questions regarding the 2019 UQ SEC Winter Research Program at QBI, please contact Ms Janet Voight, Senior Administration Officer, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland, Brisbane Queensland, 4072 Australia, Email: collaborators@qbi.uq.edu.au Phone: +61 7 3346 6364.

Available projects

QBI projects will be advertised soon.

Summer Research Program 2018/19 

Learn new laboratory techniques in a world-class research environment.

Students fascinated and motivated by the potential of a research career in neuroscience are encouraged to apply for the Summer Research Program offered at the Queensland Brain Institute.

Applications for the 2018-2019 Summer Program have now closed

Information about the 2019-2020 program and projects will be advertised when available in mid-2019.


Ms Janet Voight 
Senior Administration Officer

   +61 7 334 66364



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