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CSIRO offers PhD scholarships to aspiring scientists.

Postgraduate scholarship program

Outlines scholarships available to graduates who have enrolled full-time as postgraduate students for research leading to the award of PhD.

  • 6 October 2011 | Updated 17 November 2014

This program provides opportunities in science and engineering for outstanding graduates who enrol each year at Australian tertiary institutions as full-time postgraduate students for research leading to the award of a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

By doing your doctorate with CSIRO you will have access to world-class facilities and work alongside Australia’s leading research scientists.

PhD students at CSIRO are co-supervised by a university, allowing students to maintain and develop their university connections while being exposed to research in a working environment.


CSIRO offers full and top-up three year Postgraduate Scholarships to high quality students who are enrolled in a PhD at an Australian University.

Top up scholarships are available to those doctoral students who gain or expect to gain an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) or equivalent university award. In some circumstances full scholarships may also be available.

Experience world-class facilities and work alongside Australia's leading research scientists.

Recipients of Postgraduate Scholarships are generally required to be Australian citizens or have permanent residency status.

However, in fields in which there is a national skill shortage, scholarships may be awarded to overseas candidates, provided they provided they meet Department of Immigration and Citizenship policy guidelines. International students must be able to provide evidence of admission to an Australian university.

CSIRO's National Research Flagship Program also offers full and top-up scholarships.

How to apply

Scholarships are available throughout the year and are advertised nationally and on CSIRO's website under Positions Vacant. Scholarships are offered as follows:

CSIRO's corporate Honours and Postgraduate Scholarship Program offers Honours, Top-up and full PhD scholarships. At the present time the FCF and OCE schemes are not accepting any applications for PhD scholarships as the programs are currently under review.

CSIRO research divisions offer full and top up scholarships throughout the year.

Details of the application process and requirements for submitting your application will be included in each advertisement. These opportunities will be advertised on CSIRO's Positions Vacant [external link].

Learn more about CSIRO career options.