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Fulbright CSIRO Postgraduate Scholarship

The Fulbright Scholarship program is the largest and one of the most prestigious educational scholarship programs in the world.

  • 12 February 2010 | Updated 10 July 2013

The Fulbright Scholarship

The Fulbright Scholarship program is the largest and one of the most prestigious educational scholarship programs in the world.

The Australian Program was established in 1949 through the first treaty ever signed between Australia and the United States of America (USA), and it is co-chaired by the Australian Prime Minister and USA Ambassador to Australia.

One scholarship will be offered every year to a student in an American doctorate program whose proposed project is relevant to the research and goals of one or more of the National Research Flagships.

Valued at up to A$40 000 this new scholarship supports an American citizen to undertake 8-12 months postgraduate research in Australia working on a project within the CSIRO National Research Flagships program.

The CSIRO National Research Flagships focus on addressing major national challenges and opportunities through long term, multidisciplinary, collaborative research with an emphasis on the widespread adoption of research outcomes.

The National Research Flagships program is one of the largest scientific research endeavours ever undertaken in Australia. There are 11 National Research Flagships open to applicants.

One scholarship will be offered every year to a student in an American doctorate program whose proposed project is relevant to the research and goals of one or more of the National Research Flagships.

The recipient will have the opportunity to gain international experience and build collaborations with Australian scientists as part of their postgraduate studies.

As a result of the experience, Fulbright Scholars often end up with an international marker for their doctorate and international joint publications, forming a basis for long term ongoing international research collaborations and exchange between their USA university and CSIRO.

About CSIRO

CSIRO has over 6 500 staff working on outcome-focused scientific research to benefit industries, communities and the environment. The USA has long been CSIRO's most important international partner.

CSIRO is proud to be associated with the Fulbright Program and to sponsor the Fulbright CSIRO Postgraduate Scholarship.

To read previous Fulbright Scholars' stories, see the Fulbright CSIRO Postgraduate Scholarship [external link].

How to apply

Applications for this scholarship are through the normal United States (US) Postgraduate application process via your US university, or direct to the Institute for International Education (IIE) at the Fulbright US Student Program website.

Applications close in the USA between early September to late October (check with the specific USA university or IIE).

Contact Yuko Wakamatsu if you would like to learn more about this program or to find a research contact in the relevant Flagship program.

The Fulbright CSIRO Scholars will be required to sign a standard IP agreement to work on a CSIRO research project.

Applicants will be assessed on their academic and professional merit; clearly defined and achievable projects; and the potential for their projects to add value and build collaborations between Australia and the USA.

For more information see About National Research Flagships.