The Taste of Research program allows undergraduate students to work with a research group to get real hands-on experience of research. 

Participating second and third year students work on a 60-day project with an academic research team in UNSW Engineering. Students receive an allowance of approximately AUD 6,000 (tax-exempt) for participating in the program. 


The program is open to second and third year students enrolled in a full-time undergraduate program in Australia or New Zealand. 


Students receive AUD 6,000 for a 60 days project (tax exempt). If the project involves industry engagement, candidates may be eligible to apply to have time spent on the project to count towards their industrial training requirements (up to 30 days).


Each applicant will be assessed based on academic merit, interest in undertaking research activities, and intended career plans. Shortlisted candidates will be required to attend an interview before being made an offer. 

How to apply 

  1. Information on all available research topics and supervisory teams will be available on Taste of Research Listings page from 18th September 2023.
  2. Contact and discuss the Taste of Research project and interests with potential supervisor(s). 
  3. In conjunction with potential supervisor(s), formulate a project plan that includes the following:
  • Project Title. 
  • Project Description—what research will you undertake?
  • Suitability of Applicant for this project—what skills and previous experience do you bring to the project?
  • Project timeline that clearly identifies the 60 days (full-time equivalent) that the candidate will commit to the project and the tasks that are expected to be undertaken over this period.
  • Deliverables (Note that all candidates must submit a poster explaining their project at the end of 60 days).
  • Please download the Research Project Plan template here.
Applications open for Summer/T1, 2024 on 18th September 2023. Please complete and submit the application form here by (5:00 PM) (AEST) 27th October 2023.
Apply here
The Online form for collecting descriptions of potential topics of research is now available here. (Closing on 21st August 2023)

Contact us

For general enquiries or more information about the Taste of Research program, please get in touch with our team: 


Taste of Research projects listing 

If you’re looking to apply for a taste of research project during your second or third year of study, have a look at our advertised areas. You’ll find details on the research environment, expected outcomes and supervisory team details.