Summer Scholars Program (UQ)

The University of Queensland in partnership with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of language intends to offer regular summer scholarships to several students.

What is the Summer Scholars Program?

A Summer Internship at the University of Queensland is an exceptional research opportunity for undergraduate students, providing insight into what studying for a graduate research degree is all about. The scholarship or internship package gives you the opportunity to stretch your boundaries by undertaking research projects and activities during the summer program.


These programs are only available to current University of Queensland students. For information on how to apply, please go to


To find out about projects available in 2017-2018, go to:

Gurindji corpus development 

Duration: 8 weeks (13 November – 22 December; 8-19 January). 36 hours per week

Description: This project will form a part of an ARC project examining changes in Gurindji across two generations of Gurindji people. It develop a Gurindji corpus from archival material. The Summer Research scholar will be trained in linguistic annotation, transcription of Gurindji and will code transcribed recordings in preparation for statistical analysis.

Number of participants: 1

Expected outcomes and deliverables: The Summer Research scholar will gain hands on experience in using language documentation software common to field linguistics. They will become familiar with linguistic annotation tools and elicitation methodologies, and its application to youth Indigenous varieties in Australia. The end result will be a searchable and analysable corpus of Gurindji transcripts which will form the basis of a number of publications.

Suitable for: This project is open to applications from advanced students with a background in Linguistics and an interest in fieldwork, Australian languages, language contact and quantitative methods. Applicants who are interested in undertaking an RHD thesis will be highly competitive.

Further info: For initial enquiries, please email Felicity Meakins,

  • Australian Government
  • The University of Queensland
  • Australian National University
  • The University of Melbourne
  • Western Sydney University

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