CSIRO PhD Top-Up Scholarship - National Collections and Marine Infrastructure

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CSIRO PhD Top-Up Scholarships provide enhanced opportunities in science and engineering for outstanding graduates enrolling in a PhD each year at Australian tertiary institutions as postgraduates. CSIRO PhD Top-Up Scholarships are now being offered in over 30 CSIRO research areas, for funding commencing in financial year 2021-22.

CSIRO PhD Top-Up Scholarships are available to postgraduate students who have gained (or expect to gain), first or upper second class honours or equivalent, in relevant research areas. Students must also be in receipt of, or expect to receive, a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or an equivalent primary scholarship commencing in 2021 or early 2022.  Joint supervision of students by a university and a CSIRO supervisor is required and such joint supervisory arrangements must be consistent with the Higher Degree by Research Regulations of the host university. The students’ research will be co-supervised by CSIRO and university researchers.  

A CSIRO PhD Top-Up Scholarship is a supplementary award, which adds to the student’s support from a principal scholarship awarded by another body, e.g. RTP scholarship.  In all respects recipients of awards will be regarded as students of the University at which they are registered, and all rules relating to degree candidature and the primary award will apply. In particular, recipients will undertake research at CSIRO as a student of the university concerned and will not be employees of CSIRO.

Recipients of CSIRO PhD Top-Up Scholarships are generally required to be Australian citizens or permanent residents. However, in fields in which there is a national skill shortage, awards may be awarded to overseas candidates.

National Collections and Marine Infrastructure’s goal is to solve Australia’s greatest challenges by leading Australia’s landmark marine and biodiversity infrastructure and carrying out innovative science.  For more information please see our website at National Collections and Marine Infrastructure (link).

National Collections and Marine Infrastructure is offering a CSIRO PhD Top-Up Scholarship in the following research area:

Project Title:  Tracing the impacts of climate change on vertebrate reproduction using an epigenomic time-machine

Project Details:   This project will use novel epigenomic techniques designed for use in degraded museum specimens to study the temporal evolution of gene regulation in reptiles. A focus will be on understanding the epigenomic mechanisms of annually cued traits (such as the onset of reproduction) and the impact of altered climate regimes on these traits over the last 120 years of accelerated change.

Contact:  For more information on the research project please contact Clare Holleley: clare.holleley@csiro.au


Location:   Canberra, ACT
Scholarship:  Top-Up Scholarship of $10,000 per annum, plus a learning and development budget of $5,000 over the term of the studentship
Reference:   77652

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply you must have (or expect to gain):

  • first or upper second-class honours or equivalent in a relevant research area;
  • admission to an Australian University as a PhD student;
  • hold an appropriate visa to study in Australia (if international)*
  • be no further than one year (FTE) into a PhD on commencing at CSIRO
  • hold a primary scholarship; for example, a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or other primary scholarship of similar value
  • not be in receipt of any other Top-Up Scholarship
  • be available to commence with CSIRO no later than 30 June 2022
  • a university supervisor who is willing and able to supervise you.

* International applicants must have the appropriate immigration approvals to allow them to take up the scholarship.  The successful student must be currently residing in Australia and able to commence by no later than 30 June 2022.

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent.

Applications will be assessed on:

  • Quality and relevance of student project:  The primary assessment criterion for a CSIRO PhD Top-Up Scholarship is the quality and relevance of the project being proposed.  The research must be aligned with the advertised priority research area.
  • Academic calibre of the student:  The quality of the student is also critical to the assessment of a scholarship and candidates must hold (or expect to gain) a relevant first or upper second class honours (or equivalent) degree from a recognised university.
  • Availability of appropriate university supervision:  The relevance of the university supervisor’s research background and their willingness to supervise the student in collaboration with the CSIRO supervisor should also be made clear. 
  • How to apply:

    You will be required to:

  • submit a Resume/CV and Cover Letter (as one document) in the ‘Resume/CVfield 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;
    • the names and contact details of two academic referees; and
    • an outline of your longer-term career aspirations and how this program will help you achieve them.
  • upload your academic results in the ‘Cover Letter’ field;
  • in the ‘Education’ section, select your university from the Educational Institute list; 
  • in the ‘Job-Specific Information’ section, select ‘Not Applicable’ for both Preference 1 and Preference 2; and for the Grade Point Average (GPA), as you are not required to provide this information.
  • If you experience difficulties applying online call 1300 984 220 and someone will be able to assist you.  Outside business hours please email: csiro-careers@csiro.au .

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