The UWA International Research Internship Program (IRIP)

A focus on research of an international quality and the fostering of an outstanding research culture have positioned UWA as one of the best universities in Australia and in the top 150 in the world.

Further information

For more information please contact Jerline Chen on (+61 8) 6488  7587

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Students in lab #1

This program was founded in 2010 as a partnership between The University of Science and Technology China (USTC) and The University of Western Australia (UWA).

It was extended in 2012 to include Nanjing University (NJU), in 2013 to include Zhejiang University (ZJU) and in 2016 and called the UWA - China Research Training Program.

Moving forward, this program will further expand to include universities around the globe and has been renamed The UWA International Research Internship Program (IRIP).

Program Overview

The University of Western Australia will offer up to 70 Research Training Awards to outstanding undergraduate students between their third and fourth years or Masters, providing them with ~8 weeks of intensive research training.

Successful applicants will participate in a research project under the guidance of a UWA research leader and work closely with postdocs and postgraduate students from the research group.  For the eight weeks of this enrichment program, the students will become fully-fledged members of the research team. The program also focuses on cultural exchange – providing opportunities for the students to gain knowledge, appreciation and first-hand experience of Australian culture.

Students will spend 5 days per week with research groups. Two half days will be set aside for academic skills training (including: preparing and delivering a scientific presentation). The program includes a full day trip to one of Perth's beaches, Kings Park and Caversham Wildlife Park. During weekends, students will be encouraged to visit Rottnest Island, Pinnacles, Fremantle, Penguin Island and other local attractions.

The goals of the Program are:

  • To forge closer ties between partner universities
  • To provide students with research training, in an internationally recognised research group at UWA
  • To encourage students to consider international research careers and to develop students' career potential
  • To facilitate cultural exchange and understanding

The Program will run for about eight weeks. The 2018 program will run from Monday 9th July to Friday 31st August.

Student selection process

  • February 2018 - call for Applications
  • Applications close - To be set by your university
  • 1 April 2018 – UWA receives shortlisted applications
  • April 2018 - UWA conducts interview (if required)
  • End April 2018 – Students will be informed of their application outcome

Program costs

UWA's contribution to the Program will include:

  • Research Internship Award (to the value of approximately AUD$8,000)
  • Coordinator and support
  • Welcome & Farewell function
  • Day trip to Kings Park, beach and Caversham Wildlife Park
  • Training and research expenses
  • Study skills training and advice

Students will cover the costs of:

  • Accommodation and Meals. Students will be accommodated with host families through Homestay – Talkabout Tours  or similar homestay company. Placement fee (one off) – approx AU$230.00 per student. Fee per week per student, including breakfast and evening meal – approx. AU$275.00. Airport transfers fee - AU$130 one way; AU$175 return. UWA will coordinate with the homestay company to organise the placements.
  • Airfares and visas
  • Insurance – to be handled by students (according to guidelines from UWA).
  • Other – weekend social and cultural activities (except for Caversham trip), daily lunches, and incidental living costs, including cost of public transport to travel to and from University and any other costs.

Selection Criteria

  • Outstanding academic achievement and relevant experience
  • Suitability for this program
  • Mature character and high level of integrity
  • High English proficiency

Application Process

Students selected for this program by their home university will be provided with details for online application. Online application must be submitted by 1st April 2018 (midnight AWST).

Your application should consist of the following documents. Please keep to page and word limits.

Curriculum Vitae (max. one A4 page). This must include the following: Contact details, including email address;

  • Any laboratory and/or relevant experience - this is very important
  • Ranking within School/Department (if applicable)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores, if you have them (please include reading, writing, listening and speaking scores) (not required for native English speakers)
  • Any other relevant information

Personal statement

Explain why your previous experience, skills and knowleddge makes you suited to this project? In particular, you must address any prerequisites that have been outlined by the supervisor (max 200 words). Outline any previous research or laboratory experience that you have. Please name that research group and the leader of the research group in your home university(max 100 words).

Academic transcript

Research areas offering supervision

UWA Staff: If you are interested in supervising a student for this eight week program, please contact Assoc/Prof. Judith Berman.

2017 projects (for reference only):