Current student research experience

UQ Summer and Winter Scholars

The UQ Summer and Winter Research Program provides UQ students with an opportunity to gain research experience working alongside some of the university’s leading academics and researchers.

Participation is open to undergraduate (including honours) and masters by coursework students who are currently enrolled at UQ.

Life Course Centre Researches take students across several schools and institutes at UQ: ISSR, Social Science, Psychology

Life Course Centre is unfortunately not offering any projects for the 2020 winter program due to COVID-19 restrictions


Pathways to Research – Life Course Centre UQ undergraduate equity scholarship

Thinking about doing a UQ summer/winter research placement but can’t afford it?

The Life Course Centre is offering scholarships to UQ students who have experienced barriers to participating in this program, such as students who are first in family to attend tertiary education, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples, or out-of-home care leavers.

Summer: We are offering 4 scholarships of $1,500, which in addition to the standard $3,600 scholarship for a 10 week project, gives a total scholarship of $5,100.

Winter: We are offering 4 scholarships of $1,000, which in addition to the standard $1,500 scholarship for a 4 week project, gives a total scholarship of $2,500

You will be notified if you have been awarded a Life Course Centre Equity scholarship prior to the end of the closing date for applications. You are then able to apply for eligible  projects in the social sciences and psychology, and if you offered and accept a place you will receive the additional scholarship during your internship. You will also receive an academic mentor from the Life Course Centre, as well as additional training and networking opportunities.


Higher Degree Research Students

Who can be a Life Course Centre higher degree by research student?

The Life Course Centre has a mandate to attract, train and retain the next generation of life course academic and industry researchers for Australia. We do this by delivering professional training, mentoring and development opportunities that bring researchers together across disciplines, universities, government and non-government organisations.

Students are invited to be part of the Life Course Centre if:

What do we offer?

Grants and Awards

Training and networking

  • Student Development Day – Eligible students are supported to attend a day of professional development and networking opportunities each year.
  • Workshops and professional development – Each node runs a variety of workshops
  • Student forum – Life Course Centre students meet monthly via video conference to discuss their training needs, research opportunities at local nodes, and other relevant information.
  • Life Course Centre Conference – The Centre Conference is held every two years.


We regularly promote the research and achievements of our students. Find out more about our current students on the Student PageTwitter, Facebook, and in Life Course Centre Annual Reports.


The Life Course Centre Working Paper Series particularly encourages student submissions of completed chapter drafts converted to working papers, to allow early feedback from the broader research community on their work. Visit the page for further information on how to make a submission to the series.


Contact Us

To study with one of our researchers, contact them directly through the People pages. Alternatively, you may prefer to liaise with one of our nodes using the contacts listed below.


Current Opportunities


PhD scholarships

Honours scholarships

New Life Course Centre Scholarship for University of Sydney Students

The University of Sydney’s School of Economics has launched its latest Life Course Centre Scholarship for research addressing social and economic disadvantage.

Applications are now open for students who have an unconditional offer of admission or are currently enrolled full-time in one of the following at the University of Sydney:

  • I. Honours year of a Bachelor in Economics degree, or
  • II. Postgraduate Degree in Masters of Economics or Masters of Economic Analysis.

Applicants for the Life Course Centre-funded scholarship must conduct research in social and economic disadvantage within families and across generations, and must have a research supervisor that is affiliated with the Life Course Centre. For more information, visit the University of Sydney School of Economics page.