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.

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[Music plays and text appears: The CSIRO Postgraduate Scholarship Program]

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Thai: Hi, I’m Ty, and I’m part of CSIROs Postgraduate Scholarship Program.

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Justin: Hi, I’m Justin, and I’m part of the CSIRO Postgraduate Scholarship Program.

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Kallol: Hi, I’m Kallol; I’m part of CSIRO Postgraduate Research Scholarship Program]

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Thai: So far the experience has been really rewarding. We get to see the ultimate outcome of what our project may lead to. And I was so excited that I get to work with a renowned company, analysing minerals in rocks, using nuclear magnetic resonance, which was what I really wanted to do in the first place.

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Justin: My project is aimed at using high energy X-rays to measure the amount of gold and other precious metals in mineral ore samples. CSIRO have completely shattered my preconceptions of what research was and how research was conducted. Being only really exposed to it in a University and academic sphere, it was really eye opening to see how some real world research is actually conducted and then applied to something that is useful.

[Image changes back to show Kallol Krishna Karmakar, postgraduate student, seated and talking to the camera

Kallol: My work has two phases. The first phase is to build a policy base security model to secure the IOT network space. The second phase comes with the introduction of how to identify malicious flows from the IOT network devices. In a lot of ways CSIRO is helping me to build my career in this cyber-security world and in this Australian context, I think, CSIRO is the bestest spot to work with.

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Justin: Working with CSIRO has opened up a lot of opportunities for me that I feel I wouldn’t have otherwise had access to in a University, where a lot of it is very laboratory based and you don’t tend to do anything more than that.

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Thai: The culture in CSIROs actually extremely relaxed, more relaxed than I thought it would be.

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Justin: Everyone is just a fountain of information on anything you might want and they’re always ready to help you if you have questions, or if you need help conducting experimental work.

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Kallol: It’s very friendly. They gave me the tools and they gave me some introductions as well, how to do the work, from there on I started working.

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Justin: I would very strongly recommend doing projects with CSIRO; it’s been a really enriching experience in just all aspects of the project.

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Thai: Everyone just encourages you to learn to read, to experiment and just see where your motivation takes you, I guess (laughs).

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Justin: If I could sum up my experience with CSIRO in one word, it would be engaging.

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Thai: If I could think of one word that would sum up my experience at CSIRO, it would be rewarding.

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Kallol: If I could think of one word that would sum up my experience is excellent. I love working with CSIRO.

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Postgraduate Scholarships :  In this short video, a few of our postgraduate students talk about their experience with the program and working at CSIRO.

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.

Eligibility

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.

Apply now

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.

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