Research opportunities for university students

Mater Research is committed to supporting the researchers of tomorrow by providing university students with excellent project opportunities, supported by outstanding supervisors.

Focusing on the integration of science and clinical application, Mater Research provides research opportunities in the areas of medical research, biomedical research, allied health, nursing or midwifery for university students at various stages of study, including Undergraduate, Honours, Postgraduate, Masters by research, PhD and MPhil students.

Undergraduate students

We offer short term summer or winter projects for allied health, science, biomedical science or medical science undergraduate students who are in their 2nd year of study or higher. The duration of the project will vary by project, but can range from 4-10 weeks.

The University of Queensland Winter Research Program

If you are currently studying an undergraduate (including honours) degree at the The University of Queensland (UQ), you are eligible to apply for UQ's 2019 Winter Research Program. The program provides UQ students with an opportunity to gain research experience working alongside some of the university’s leading academics and researchers.

Research projects are available in many disciplines for four (4) weeks over the winter vacation period (from 24 June to 19 July 2019). 

The following Mater Research projects are eligible for the UQ Winter Research Program

Light therapy and knee replacement surgery

Estimating the causal effect of maternal asthma on offspring birthweight using mendelian randomisation

Preventing stillbirth and other adverse pregnancy outcomes

Systems genomics of the gut-brain axis

Profiling the impact of CSF1-c treatment on osteomacs and osteoclasts

Applications for the 2019 Winter Research Program are due to open on Friday 15 March 2019 and will close on Friday 5 April 2019. If you are interested in applying or would like to find out more, please email us.

Postgraduate students

We welcome students from any Australian university to carry out their Honours research year or undertake their Masters research project at Mater Research.  

Higher Degree Research students (PhD or MPhil)

Be a change maker and help turn scientific discovery into improving clinical practice so that Mater can continue to deliver the best possible treatment, care, and outcomes for patients and our broader community. We offer a competitiive top up scholarship valued up to $5000 for eligible PhD students who possess an eligible external principal scholarship and satisfy the requirements of the selection criteria. 

How to apply to Mater Research

To apply for a Student Research Opportunity at Mater Research, the first step is to find a project from the selection of current student opportunities and click the apply now button at the bottom of the project listing to submit an expression of interest .

If you are unable to find a project in the list of current student opportunities that is in the your area of interest , please email us to discuss your options. 

Find more about our core program areas, current projects or find a researcher who is working on projects in the area of your interest.