Data61 PhD Scholarships

Updated: 11 days ago

Status: Open

Applications open: 21/09/2023
Applications close: 27/11/2023

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About this scholarship

At CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 


CSIRO’s Data61  is home to one of the largest collections of research and development expertise on artificial intelligence (AI) and data science in the world. Data61 is at the forefront of digital science and innovation. You can immerse yourself in an inclusive culture where a diversity of minds and views are welcomed and encouraged.


Data61 PhD students work closely with their Data61 PhD supervisors and research teams on projects aligned to Data61’s research goals. Students are enrolled in a PhD at an Australian university and university supervisors also provide supervision and support throughout the program.


Data61 graduates 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, research institutes and within CSIRO. All graduates remain connected to CSIRO through access to our alumni community, providing continued support and networking opportunities.


We provide a diverse and inclusive working environment where our people are supported and our teams are empowered to come up with digital and data solutions with impact.  We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you.


Who we are looking for

We are looking for candidates keen to apply AI and digital sciences to a range of research domains. We want diverse and creative scholars who are excited about being part of socially impactful research. Project details are available on our Student Programs webpage via the following link - research projects list .

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.

Students may be based at various locations across Australia. Please see the project list for locations.


CSIRO is an Equal Opportunity employer working hard to recruit world-class talent that represents the diversity across our society.  As part of our commitment to equitable employment outcomes for under-represented groups, preference will be given to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and also to women who meet the role requirements.

  • Current Students

  • Faculty of Science & Engineering
    • Science courses
    • Engineering courses
    • Western Australian School of Mines (WASM)

  • Higher Degree by Research

  • Australian Citizen
  • Australian Permanent Resident
  • New Zealand Citizen
  • Permanent Humanitarian Visa
  • International Student

  • Merit Based

Successful candidates receive a scholarship package including:

  • A full stipend at $42,000 per annum for years 1 and 2, and which increases to $44,000 per annum from year 3, or a top-up scholarship amount of $10,000 per annum. Students who are awarded a base stipend from their university will be considered for top-up scholarships.
  • Benefits of up to $5,000 learning and development funding are available over the term of the scholarship with the use of these funds being at the discretion of CSIRO and the student's university supervisor.
  • Access to national research infrastructure, tools and resources to further enhance your research capability.
  • A maximum scholarship term of 3 years and 6 months years (less any time lapsed in a PhD if you are already enrolled and have commenced studies at the university).

Scholarship Details

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 02 January 2024. 

Application process

How to Apply

Applicants may apply to a maximum of two projects (two preferences). For details of the research projects that may be undertaken, please view the research projects list (link) .


Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis and projects may close as suitable candidates are accepted. Early applications are encouraged. 

Note: Some projects listed may not proceed depending on availability of suitable applicants.

Applications require the following documentation:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Academic Transcripts


Information about these documents is outlined below. Candidates may be required to provide at least two referees (preferably academic referees) upon request.


In the online application system, you will be required to submit your application in the following order:

  • In the ‘Resume/CV’ field attach your Cover Letter and Resume/CV as one document.
  • In the ‘Cover Letter’ field attach your Academic Transcripts as a PDF.
  • In the ‘Education’ section select your university from the Educational Institute list.
  • in the ‘Job-Specific Information’ section, select your preferred research project/s in order of preference.  You are not required to provide your Grade Point Average (GPA), please select ‘Not Applicable’.

    Applications without the required documentation or with documentation submitted in the incorrect application fields will be considered incomplete and will not be assessed. Applications received via email will be deleted.


    What to include


    Cover Letter

    • Indicate which project/s you are applying for any and any relevant skills and experience.
    • Information on research interests.
    • Demonstrate why you feel you should be considered for the project.
    • Any other information that you feel is relevant to your application. 
    • Your cover letter should be no more than 2 pages.


    Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    Your CV provides an overview of your educational and employment history and your skills. You should include:

    • Educational history - List all degrees studied, indicating the name of the degree, university, years studied and GPA if known. If you completed a thesis as part of your degree, provide its title, the mark and list your supervisor/s.
    • Employment history - List your employer, your role, duration of employment, duties and achievements.
    • Awards - List any awards received throughout your tertiary study or employment. Do not provide/attach evidence of awards, for example certificates.


    • Provide a list of publications that have been accepted or published. Do not list publications that are submitted. Do not attach publications/papers to your application. Do not attach your Masters or Honours theses.  


    Academic Transcripts

    • Provide official transcripts for all university studies as pdf documents, including degrees not completed or abandoned.
    • Provide translated documents where transcripts are in a language other than English.
    • Ensure scans are legible.
    • Do not provide transcripts from high school, testamurs/degree certificates or award certificates.


    If after reading the above information and the FAQs page and you still have a query which is not addressed here, please contact us

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