The University of Melbourne is excited to partner with the Amgen Scholars Program for Australia, New Zealand and Oceania from January 2020.
The Amgen Scholars Program is a prestigious program among leading research universities around the world. The program at the University of Melbourne will enable 15 domestic and international undergraduate students to conduct research in science and biotechnology for 8 weeks over the January and February summer holiday period.
The University of Melbourne is the leading Australian research university, ranked #1 in Australia, #32 in the world and has the largest cohort of research students in Australia.1 In life sciences and medicine, we are #1 in Australia and #13 in the world.2
As a part of the program, you will stay at Queens College, one of the University of Melbourne’s historical residential colleges. You will be a part of an enrichment program to enhance your experience through scientific, cultural and sporting activities.
We have designed a program in the sciences and biotechnology that builds on these strengths. You can undertake research in one of over 35 laboratories in research programs for:
- Drug discovery
- Structural and chemical biology
- Medicinal chemistry
- Bioscience discovery
- Proteomics and metabolomics
- Nano- and materials science
- Computational science
- Biomedical engineering
- Clinical research.
The Amgen Scholars will:
- Be matched to a lab in a field of interest
- Work independently on an aspect of research that builds in research management and methods
- Be supported by a lab-based mentor and supervisor
- Participate in a science enrichment program involving preeminent scientists from academia and industry
- Develop communication skills through a poster competition on their research at the symposium, an oral presentation to the host lab and a short scientific report
- Build lifelong relationships
- Be fully funded to participate in the experience.
1The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018.
2QS World University Rankings 2018.
- Applications will open on 1 July 2019
- Applications will close on 1 September 2019
- The program will run from Monday 6 January 2020 to Friday 28 February 2020
- For initial enquiries please email the Office of the Dean of Science: firstname.lastname@example.org
Full program details will be available in April 2019.
The application process will require you to:
- Identify your top 3 research interests and preferred lab placement
- Prepare a written bio and impact statement outlining:
- what excites you about your chosen topic or research interest,
- why you want to be an Amgen Scholar and
- what you hope to achieve through the program
- Provide your official academic transcript
- Provide a letter of support from your university vouching for their eligibility and ability
- Interview by teleconference with the host laboratory
The initial assessment will be based on the quality of the written application, assessed by the Associate or Assistant Deans of Research from the University of Melbourne. The host lab supervisors will shortlist up to 5 candidates.
An interview by teleconference will ensure the best fit for both applicant and host lab. We will endeavour to offer the applicants their first choice of research project.
To be eligible for the Amgen Scholars Australia program you must:
- Be an undergraduate student enrolled in an accredited college or university in Australia, New Zealand or Oceania
- Have completed two years of an equivalent Australian bachelor degree in science or related life sciences.
You must also have:
- A weighted average mark equivalent to 75% (GPA 3.2) or above in relevant 1st and 2nd year subjects
- Complete your 2nd year of study in a relevant degree by the time the program starts
- Demonstrated academic excellence and leadership
- Interest and enthusiasm for a research higher degree in life sciences.
Further program details will be available in April 2019.
What is the purpose of the Amgen Scholars Program?
The Amgen Scholars Program provides hundreds of selected undergraduate students with the opportunity to engage in a hands-on research experience at many of the world’s leading educational institutions. The Program seeks to increase learning and networking opportunities for students committed to pursuing science or engineering careers and to broaden the perspective of students considering scientific careers. Ultimately, the Program aims to increase the number of students pursuing advanced training and careers in the sciences.
Is there only one host institution in the Australia Program?
Yes. The Amgen Scholars Australia Program is hosted by the University of Melbourne.
What is the application deadline for the Australia Program?
The application deadline is 1 September 2019 for the 2020 Summer Program, which will occur in January and February.
How do I apply?
Applications will open 1 July 2019. Information will be available on this website in April 2019.
Read more about the application process on the Applications page.
All research projects will be available on this website by June 2019.
What is the expected number of Amgen Scholars in Australia?
The University of Melbourne will host approximately 15 Amgen Scholars each summer with two places reserved for students from the University of Melbourne.
Do I need to have attended the University of Melbourne during the academic year to apply to the Amgen Scholars Program?
No. You don’t need to be from the University of Melbourne but to be eligible you must be a student at an accredited college or university from across the Australia, New Zealand and Oceania.
What about housing, food and travel expenses to and from the summer program in Australia?
Financial support is available to all students accepted to the Amgen Scholars Program. Financial support will cover travel, accommodation and associated costs and will be confirmed once successfully admitted to the program
Will there be an opportunity to present my research project as well as learn more about biotechnology and drug discovery and development?
Yes. In February, each Amgen Scholar in Australia participates in a symposium at Melbourne to share their research projects and hear firsthand from leading scientists working in industry and academia.
Can I apply to participate in the Amgen Scholars Program in Australia if I am not a science or engineering major?
Yes. Students in any major may apply, although it is expected that most of the Amgen Scholars will have science, life science or engineering majors. Students are expected to have a major in a discipline appropriate to the research project they participate in, with approval from their research lab.
Do I need to have research experience prior to being admitted to the Program in Australia?
No. The Amgen Scholars Program encourages applications from both students experienced in research and newcomers to the field. For students who attend colleges and universities that have limited opportunities for students to conduct research, the Program is a great way to gain such experience.
Which areas of academic research will the Program offer?
The program will look at disciplines related to the discovery, development, manufacture and delivery of human therapeutics, as well as the overall biomedical and biotechnology enterprise.
Each year research laboratories will provide an expression of interest to participate. We will have this information available by June 2019.
When will I find out whether I’ve been accepted into the Program?
Successful applicants will be notified by early November.
Can I participate as an Amgen Scholar for more than one summer?
No. Students are invited to participate as an Amgen Scholar for one summer only. This ensures that each summer a new cohort of approximately 15 Amgen Scholars in Australia will have the opportunity to benefit from this type of hands-on research experience.
Can I apply to participate as an Amgen Scholar in Australia as well as in the US, Europe, or Canada?
No. Students are invited to apply as an Amgen Scholar at colleges or universities in either Australia, the US, Europe, or Canada, primarily based on where they are currently enrolled and intend to receive their undergraduate degree. Students applying for the Australian program will need to be enrolled in an accredited university or college in Australia, New Zealand or Oceania. See the Eligibility section of this website for more information.
Can I apply to participate as an Amgen Scholar in both Australia and Asia?
Yes. The Asia Program is open to undergraduates worldwide, so students eligible to apply to the Australian (or the US, European, or Canadian) Program may indeed be eligible to apply for the Asia Program as well. See the Eligibility sections of this website for further details and information.
If I am not selected this year, can I apply again?
Yes. If you continue to meet the eligibility criteria, you can apply again.
How can I get more information about the Amgen Scholars Program in Australia?
Visit the Contact Us section of this website.
Contact us at:
The Office of the Dean of Science
The University of Melbourne