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AI4Design PhD Scholarships

Graduates from our scholarship program are equipped with skills and knowledge for a wide range of careers in science, engineering and research and have gone on to roles in tech companies, businesses, universities and research institutes. Graduates continue to connect with CSIRO through our alumni network.

Key details

$42,500 per annum (rising to $44K in year 3) or an optional top-up amount of up to $10,000 per annum.
Length of Support
Up to 3 years

About this scholarship

We are looking for exceptional candidates across a range of research areas.  We want diverse and creative scholars who are excited about being part of socially impactful research.  Areas of interest include physics, AI, physics-based modelling, machine learning, evolutionary algorithms, neural networks, and structural optimisation. 

Students should:

  • be able to demonstrate academic and research excellence
  • have a high level of written and oral communication skills to the Australian university standard
  • collaborate effectively and proactively as a team member
  • have demonstrated carrying out research projects individually or in teams.


Applications are only open to:

  • domestic and international students who are currently residing in Australia
  • international students overseas at the time of application who already hold a visa to study in Australia.

To be eligible you must have:

  • A first-class honours (H1) Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in the relevant research area (completed or near completion);
  • Applied for admission to a PhD program at an Australian university or be a student enrolled in their first 12 months of study in a PhD program at an Australian University;
  • A university supervisor who confirms they are willing and able to supervise you.
  • Not already hold a PhD degree. 

Important note: If you have already commenced your PhD studies, you must be less than 12 months into your PhD on 1 February 2024. Students who are awarded a base stipend from their university will be considered for top-up scholarships from CSIRO’s Data61.

    Eligible Degrees
    • Doctorate (PhD)
    Eligible Study Modes
    • In person
    Eligible Study Fields
    IT & Computer Science

    Selection criteria

    Successful candidates: 

    • Will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent.
    • International applicants must have the appropriate immigration approvals to allow them to take up the scholarship.
    • Must be residing in Australia in order to commence their PhD and take up the scholarship between 1 October - 31 December 2023.

    Application process


    Academic calibre of the student:  The quality of the student is critical to the assessment of a scholarship and candidates must have a relevant first-class honours (or equivalent) degree from a recognised university (students near the completion of their honours year will be asked to demonstrate evidence of first-class honours upon receiving final grades).

    Research potential of the student:  The student must be able to demonstrate research potential to carry out the nominated research project including required research knowledge, literacy and skills.

    Evidence of skills and capability required to carry out the advertised project:  The student should demonstrate through their application the required skills, knowledge and experience for the project.