CASS Undergraduate Vacation Scholarship Program 2020/21

The 2019/20 Undergraduate Vacation Scholarship Program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to work on real-world problems in a leading R&D organisation. Each scholar will undertake a research project under the supervision of our staff.

Participation in the Undergraduate Vacation Scholarship Program has influenced previous scholarship holders in their choice of further study and future career options. Many have gone on to pursue a PhD in CSIRO or to build a successful research career within CSIRO, a university or industry.

CSIRO Astronomy and Space have a long and successful history in the space sector from radio astronomy research, managing complex facilities and observing Earth from above to supporting data and manufacturing supply chains. For more information please see our website at Astronomy and Space (link).

To be eligible to apply you must be an Australian or New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or an international student who has full work rights for the 8 to 12 weeks duration (does not require visa sponsorship).

Vacation scholarships are open to students who:

  • are currently enrolled at an Australian university
  • have completed three years of a full-time undergraduate course, preferably in science, engineering or computing, however exceptional second year students may be considered.
  • have a strong academic record (credit average or higher); and
  • intend to go on to honours and Masters or PhD studies.

Scholarships are for 10 weeks in the period 23 November 2020 to 12 February 2021.

CASS is offered a number of scholarships for the 2020/2021 program. Each scholar will undertake a research project under the supervision of a CASS staff member. Projects are offered in the areas of astronomy/astrophysics, physics, software engineering, computer science/engineering, electrical engineering and Erath observtaion. 

Scholarships are based at CASS Headquarters at Marsfield, Sydney, our office in Kensington, Perth and at CDSCC in Tidbinbilla near Canberra. Travel assistance is provided to successful applicants.

Applications have now closed. Applications for the 2021/22 program are likely to open in July 2021.


For general enquiries about the Undergraduate Vacation Scholarship Program please contact Robert Hollow, (02) 9372 4247 (for CASS)


Postal Address

Undergraduate Vacation Scholarships Coordinator
CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science
PO Box 76
Epping   NSW   1710