Developing the next generation of world-class scientists and engineers is critical to building Australia's future science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and innovation capable workforce, and CSIRO is contributing to this by increasing our engagement in education, training and mentoring of students.

Here's what you need to know

Our postgraduate scholarship program provides opportunities in science and engineering for outstanding graduates who enrol each year at Australian tertiary institutions. Up to fifty scholarships are available for projects that align with CSIRO's priority research areas.

Scholarships are available to full-time postgraduate students who are undertaking a higher degree by research which will lead to the award of a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

What the scholarship offers you

Collaborating with us to complete your PhD will give your research the edge. We offer you access to our leading scientists, engineers and mentors, the opportunity to take your research to the next level in our first-class facilities and first-hand experience in an environment where our innovative research really is changing the world for the better.

Depending on your area of research, you can complete your PhD in one or more of our many sites across Australia.

Supplementary Postgraduate Scholarships are offered for periods of up to three years, and are available to doctoral students who gain or expect to gain a research training program scholarship (RTP) or equivalent university award. In some circumstances CSIRO fully funded scholarships may also be available, and are offered for up to four years.

PhD students at CSIRO are supported by both a university supervisor and a CSIRO supervisor; allowing students to maintain and develop their university connections while being exposed to research in a working environment.

Requirements and eligibility

Scholarships will be offered to high achieving students who are enrolled in a PhD program at an Australian university.

Recipients of postgraduate scholarships are generally required to be Australian Citizens or hold Permanent Residency status. However, in fields in which there is a national skill shortage, scholarships may be awarded to overseas candidates, provided they meet Department of Immigration and Citizenship policy guidelines. International students must be able to provide evidence of admission to an Australian university.

How to apply

Applications for the 2019 intake of the postgraduate scholarships program are now open, please visit the students page on the careers website for more information and to apply. Applications close 31 October 2018.

Outside of our official application period, there are times however when a new opportunity is listed throughout the year. The best way to find out about these opportunities is to regularly visit our Careers Hub to review the current vacancies for students and to sign up for job alerts.

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