CSIRO Undergraduate Vacation Scholarships - Business Development and Commercial (BD&C)


  • Get hands-on work experience and gain new skills
  • Access CSIRO's world-class facilities
  • Apply for a CSIRO Vacation Scholarship today!


Our Undergraduate Vacation Scholarships are run over the Australian summer holidays and offers high achieving and promising undergraduate students the opportunity to collaborate with leading CSIRO scientists in our world class facilities.

Students will be able to work on a real world project and expand their skills and knowledge while exploring ways to solve a real world problem. Placements are full time and will be from 8 to 12 weeks duration between 25 November 2019 and 21 February 2020 (although there may be some flexibility).

Participation in the Vacation Scholarship Program has influenced previous scholarship holders in their choice of further study and future career options.

The Business Development and Commercial (BD&C) team foster growth by connecting to the right people, identifying the most suitable markets, and guiding science and research into viable commercial opportunities. This includes the preparation and management of commercial contracts, provision of advice on legal (Commercial) and IP matters and development and implementation of IP strategies.

Projects:  BD&C have 7 projects available, for details please see the project list
Location:  Melbourne, VIC or Adelaide, SA (refer to list of projects above for specific details)
Scholarship:  $1,559.85 per fortnight
Reference:  62549     


To be eligible to apply you must be an Australian or New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or an international student who has full work rights for the 8 to 12 weeks duration (does not require visa sponsorship).

Vacation scholarships are open to students who:

  •         are currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree at an Australian university;
  •         have completed at least three years of a full-time undergraduate course (however exceptional second year students may be considered); and
  •         have a strong academic record (credit average or higher).

Apply Online

To apply for a Vacation Scholarship you will be required to:

  1.        submit a Resume/CV and Cover Letter (as one document) in the ‘Resume/CV field which includes:
    • the reasons why the research project/s you have selected are of interest to you and how your skills/knowledge meet the project requirements; and
    • an outline of your longer-term career aspirations and how this program will help you achieve them.
  2.        upload your academic results in the ‘Cover Letter’ field;
  3.        in the ‘Education’ section select your university from the Educational Institute list; 
  4.        in the ‘Job-Specific Information’ section select your preferred research projects in order of preference; and your Grade Point Average (GPA).


If you experience difficulties applying online call 1300 984 220 and someone will be able to assist you. Outside business hours please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CSIRO’s Commitment to Diversity

We’re working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure all our people feel supported to do their best work and empowered to let their ideas flourish. D&I Strategy


At CSIRO you can be part of helping to solve big, complex problems that make a real difference to our future. We spark off each other, learn from each other, trust each other and collaborate to achieve more than we could individually in a supportive, rewarding, inclusive and truly flexible environment.

Applications Close

5 August 2019