Space & Astronomy Undergraduate Vacation Scholarship Program 2021/22

Our 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.

Space and Astronomy (formerly CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science) has 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.

Our space and astronomy research enables humanity to better understand the Earth and Universe. It contributes to solving the greatest challenges and building future industry. For more information please see our website at Space and Astronomy (link).

Space and Astronomy have 16 projects across a range of disciplines. 


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 duration of the placement (does not require visa sponsorship).

Vacation scholarships are open to students who:

  • are currently enrolled in an undergrdauate degree 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);
  • intend to pursue a research career in science or technology, or a career in a related discipline; and
  • are available to undertake a full-time placement for 8-12 weeks over the university summer vacation period.

Successful applicants will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent.

Scholarships are for 10 weeks in the period 22 November 2021 to 4 February 2022 (although there is some flexibility).

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

Applications for the 2021-2022 summer have now closed. We expect the call for applications for our 2022-23 program will open in July 2022.


COVID-19 restrictions:  We have many projects on offer across our sites and we hope to fill all of these positions, however please be aware that the COVID-19 restrictions could impact some projects.  Depending on the restrictions in place we may not be able to proceed with some projects or we may be required to only consider students who reside closer to the location due to restricted interstate travel. We will endeavour to keep everyone informed of any changes as we progress through the recruitment process.



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


Postal Address

Undergraduate Vacation Scholarships Coordinator
CSIRO, Space & Astronomy
PO Box 76
Epping   NSW   1710