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 about research collaboration opportunities within the Worldwide Universities Network please contact Michelle Emmett, Manager, International Networks, on (+61 8) 6488  8033

Worldwide Universities Network


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.

The program has now been renamed the UWA International Research Internship Program (IRIP) to reflect growing partnerships with universities around the world.

In 2018 our partners included: USTC, Nanjing University, Zhejiang University, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Nagoya University, SKKU and the University of Washington.

Plans for IRIP 2020 are currently underway. Check back soon for exciting new opportunities.

Program Overview

The University of Western Australia offers Research Training Awards to outstanding undergraduate students between their third and fourth years or Masters, providing them with ~8 weeks of intensive research training during the months of July and August.

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

UWA Staff: If you are interested in supervising a student for an upcoming program, please contact

Jerline Chen , Officer, International Networks


 Below are lists of previous projects undertaken by IRIP students. 

2017 projects (for reference only):