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 degree (including honours) at The University of Queensland (UQ), you are eligible to apply for UQ's 2020 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. Please note that due to the course requirements of the UQ MD program these students are unable to participate in the Winter Research Program but are instead encouraged to apply for the Summer Research Program later in the year.

The 2020 Winter Research Program has had to be adjusted, due to COVID-19.  The following changes are now in effect and may still be subject to change:

Research projects are available in many disciplines for 4-5 weeks over the winter vacation period (July 2020).

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

Student applications open from the Monday 16 March 2020.

Student applications close on the Sunday 26 April 2020.

Offers issued: Monday 11 May 2020

Acceptances finalised by: Friday 5 June 2020

UQ Winter Research Program officially commences Monday 13 June 2020.

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.