SQA's Undergraduate Research Scholarships provide talented undergraduate students with invaluable research experience in quantum technology. 

The program aims to provide students partway through their undergraduate degree with an opportunity to develop their research skills and inspire them to consider further quantum technology research or related activities. 

Candidates undertake an exciting 6-week project at one of SQA’s four partner universities, supervised by a leading quantum researcher. Several projects can also be completed partly or fully online.  The scholarships are open to students studying at SQA partner universities or attending a university in NSW.

There will also be a number of scholarship places for which female-identifying applicants will be prioritised, to ensure the future of quantum is gender diverse. We strongly encourage female-identifying students to apply! 

Application details

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  • Projects are offered from across the four SQA partner universities with some on offer for remote students. Round 3 is closed for applications, but for your reference you can Browse the 2023 projects here.
  • The SQA Undergraduate Research Scholarship is AU$3,333 for a six-week research project.
  • The project period is for 6 weeks in January to February (exact dates will depend on project supervisor availability), on a full-time basis (35 hours/week for six weeks during normal working hours unless advised otherwise by the supervisor). Flexible arrangements can be made to accommodate, for example, carer responsibilities.
  • Eligible applicants will be awarded on academic merit, their personal statement and suitability to the projects offered.
  • Applicants of all genders are welcome to apply.  Some scholarship places will be prioritised for female-identifying students.
  • If you are a domestic student, you must be enrolled in an undergraduate program at a university in NSW.
  • If you are an international student you must be enrolled at an SQA partner university (the University of Technology Sydney, the University of Sydney, UNSW Sydney, or Macquarie University).
  • You must have completed a minimum of the equivalent of 1.5 years of full-time study towards your undergraduate degree by the time you commence your research project.
  • If you were previously awarded an SQA Undergraduate Research Scholarship, you are not eligible to apply.

Applications for Round 3 have closed. Sign up to our mailing list to be notified of future rounds (summer 2024) or other SQA news and opportunities.

To be considered, please upload a copy of your university transcript and a 1-page personal statement in your application.

In your application, you will be asked to note your project preferences. For your reference, you can browse the 2023 projects here.

Please also read through the SQA Undergraduate Research Scholarships Conditions of Award before submitting your application. Please note, the Conditions of Award are currently under review and may be subject to minor changes.

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