Frequently asked questions

Applying


Q: What information will I need to provide on the online application form?

A: You will need to answer the following questions:

  • Are you an Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident?
  • Name; Date of Birth; Email; Mobile; Address
  • How did you hear about this program?
  • Which University do you attend?
  • Which degree are you enrolled in?
  • What is your current year of study in this degree?
  • What is your major area of study?
  • What is your current WAM or GPA?
  • Select the research project which is your FIRST preference and describe why you are interested in this project and list relevant subjects you have studied /other experience in this area.
  • Select the research project which is your SECOND preference and describe why you are interested in this project and list relevant subjects you have studied / other experience in this area.
  • Please tell us about your future academic, research, and career aspirations (including plans or desires to obtain a higher research degree).
  • Please explain how a Summer Research Scholarship will help in achieving your goals.
  • Upload your CV & Academic Record


Q: Will I need an official academic transcript to attach to my online application?

A: NO. UOW doesn’t expect you to purchase an official copy of your transcript from your University, as this can often take some time to arrive. An ‘unofficial’ transcript will be fine. If you are not able to access a transcript by the close-off date for applications, as a last resort a screenshot of your online student record will be accepted as long and your name and student number and the University name and logo are clearly visible. If you are successful in being offered a scholarship, UOW will request you provide a proper transcript before confirming your scholarship offer.


Q: Can I save my application online and return to it later?

A: YES. Tick the checkbox at the bottom of the online form page to generate a link which you can use to return to your partially completed form at a later time.


Q: Will I receive confirmation that my application has been submitted?

A: YES. If you submit an application and do not receive an email confirmation by the end of the next working day, please contact smah-research@uow.edu.au to confirm your application has been received.


Q: Will I be able to download or print a copy of my submitted application?

A: YES. Once you submit your application you will receive an email which contains all the details you entered into the form.


Q: Can I contact the supervisors of projects for more information before submitting my online application?

A: NO. Please contact the program organisers at smah-research@uow.edu.au if you have any questions and we will find out the answer for you. If you are offered a scholarship you will have the opportunity to contact the academic supervisor directly before deciding whether to accept the offer.


Q: What time on the closing date do applications close?

A: The online application form will not accept new submissions after 11.59pm Australian Eastern Standard Time on the application closing date.


Q: Help! I’m having trouble with the application form and today is the closing date. What can I do?

A: If you are having trouble completing and submitting the online application form, please email smah-research@uow.edu.au BEFORE THE CLOSE-OFF TIME (see above). Please explain the problem you experienced, and include answers to all the application questions in your email (see first FAQ point for details) and attach your CV and academic transcript documents.

Eligibility


Q: I am a current student at the University of Wollongong. Am I eligible to apply?

A: NO. These scholarships are available only to students who are not currently studying at UOW.


Q: I am an international undergraduate student, studying at an Australian or New Zealand university. Am I eligible to apply?

A: NO. International students are not eligible for these summer scholarships.


Q: I applied for a Summer Scholarship at UOW previously. Can I reapply?

A: YES, you can reapply if you applied unsuccessfully in the past or if you were selected for a scholarship but declined the offer. 
If you were awarded and accepted a UOW Summer Scholarship previously, you are also eligible to reapply, however, priority will be given to students who have not received a scholarship before. You will need to provide a strong justification outlining the extra benefits you would gain on top of your previous scholarship at UOW, and your plans to undertake a higher research degree with UOW in the future.


Q: By the time the scholarship starts in November I will have completed my final year of undergraduate studies (either third year or honours). Am I eligible to apply?

A: YES, as long as you are currently enrolled in your undergraduate degree at the closing date for applications for the scholarship program.

Q: The eligibility criteria say “currently studying a relevant undergraduate degree at second-year level or higher”. I’m doing a double degree, so how do I know if I’m eligible?

A: As a double degree student you are eligible as long as you are completing at least second-year level subjects during the current year in the degree which is most relevant to this scholarship. On the online application form, you should select the “Current Year of Study” which matches the level of subjects you are completing at the moment (either ‘second’ or ‘third’). Only select ‘honours’ if you are currently completing an honours year.


Q. I am enrolled in an MRes, which my university offers instead of an honours year. Am I eligible to apply for this scholarship?

A: YES. The MRes (Master of Research) degree is a 2-year hybrid undergraduate/postgraduate program which has recently been introduced in some universities instead of 4th-year honours. If you are enrolled in the FIRST YEAR of an MRes you are eligible to apply for this scholarship. 

The MRes is not the same as a Masters by Research (often referred to as a Research Masters), which is a full postgraduate degree. If you are enrolled in a Masters by Research you are not eligible to apply.


Q: Can I apply if I’m currently studying towards a Masters by Coursework, Masters by Research, Master of Philosophy, Doctor of Philosophy or Professional Doctorate?

A: NO. Students studying for these postgraduate degrees are not eligible to apply. An exception applies to students enrolled in the first year of an MRes degree (see above).


Q: I have already been awarded my undergraduate degree but am not enrolled in a postgraduate degree or MRes. Am I eligible to apply?

A: NO. Applications will only be accepted from students currently studying towards their undergraduate degree, honours degree or MRes degree. 

Notification and award


Q: When will I hear if my application has been successful?

A: We aim to advise all applicants of the outcome one week after the closing date.


Q: How many scholarships will be offered?

A: Each research project is accepting either one or two scholarship students. The award of a scholarship will be subject to a competitive selection process based on a student's suitability to the project. If no applicants are considered suitable to a particular project, the scholarship for this project will not be offered.


Q: Will I need to accept an offer of scholarship straight away?

A: NO. You will have one week to consider the offer. You will be able to contact your prospective academic supervisor at UOW at this time to help you with your decision if you wish.

Other questions


Q: Can I start the scholarship on an earlier or later date than the advertised commencement date?

A: NO – only under exceptional circumstances where approval has been given in advance by the academic supervisor. All students are expected to start on the same day to participate in activities, inductions etc. If approval has been given, you may commence up to one week late but may not commence earlier than the advertised start date. The duration of the scholarship (normally 8 weeks) will be reduced to 7 weeks in this case, and the stipend payment will be reduced. Travel reimbursement payments will not be affected.

Q: I already have some plans for the summer which clash with part of the scholarship. Can I miss some of the scholarship weeks?

A: If you are in this situation you must check with us before submitting your application. Approval will depend on the length of time you will be unavailable (up to one week is generally acceptable). If you are selected for a scholarship, the supervisor of the project will need to approve your absence before a final offer is made to you. Approval can also be requested to conclude the scholarship up to one week early. The stipend will not be paid to you during your absence. Travel reimbursement payments will not be affected, however additional travel reimbursement will not be available to cover leaving and returning to UOW for your absence.


Q: Will I be covered by insurance during the scholarship period?

A: YES. If you are successful in gaining a scholarship you will need to provide UOW with a copy of the Certificate of Currency for Insurance and Liability from your home university.


Q: What is the accommodation like?

A: You will be living on the UOW main campus in self-contained single studio rooms at the new Kooloobong Village student accommodation. The rooms have ensuites and kitchenettes. Bed linen and towel are provided. Kooloobong Village is self-catering.


Q: Does this Summer Scholarship provide credit towards my current degree?

A: NO. Undertaking a Summer Scholarship project at UOW is entirely separate to your current undergraduate studies. If your studies require you to undertake extra-curricular activities and you would like this Summer Scholarship to be recognised, that is something you will need to discuss with your current course coordinator.


Q: Will it be all work or are there social activities as well?

A: The program coordinators and research groups hold social events (dinners, bushwalks, day trips) so you get to spend time with the other scholarship students and enjoy Wollongong’s beautiful beaches and escarpment. Academic seminars and other networking opportunities will also be open to you to participate in.


Q: I have a specific question which isn’t covered here. Who can I contact?

A: Please feel free to contact the program organisers at any time with any questions, concerns or feedback at smah-research@uow.edu.au.