Developing the next generation of world-class scientists is critical for CSIRO to remain globally competitive and continue our rich history of delivering economic, social and environmental impact.

We are committed to building Australia's future science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and innovation capable workforce, and increasing our engagement in education, training and the mentoring of students.

Applications for our 2018 postgraduate scholarships are now open. Postgraduate students who partner with CSIRO to complete their PhD studies will gain access to first-class facilities and have a unique opportunity to work alongside Australia's leading research scientists.

CSIRO's Postgraduate Scholarship Program provides opportunities in science and engineering for outstanding graduates who enrol each year at Australian tertiary institutions. Scholarships are available to full-time postgraduate students who are undertaking research which will lead to the award of a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

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.


CSIRO offers full and top-up Postgraduate Scholarships for periods of up to three years. Opportunities will be offered to high achieving students who are enrolled in a PhD program at an Australian university.

Top up scholarships are available to those doctoral students who gain or expect to gain a Research Training Program scholarship (RTP) or equivalent university award. In some circumstances full scholarships may also be available.

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.

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Applications are now open! For more information on the scholarships available and priority research areas, please visit the students page on the careers website.

Applications close 31 October 2017.