This scholarship connects the brightest young physicists or mathematicians to a leading research centre overseas or in Australia.

What an Alumni scholarship in physics offers you

The founders of this scholarship know that early experience in leading overseas laboratories greatly benefits the graduate embarking on a research career and Australian science. The CSIRO Alumni scholarship in physics is a $6000 travel scholarship available to post graduate students to fund their travel costs to visit and/or conduct research in an overseas or interstate institution, such as a university or research establishment of international standing.

About our Alumni scholarship in physics

On 21 March 2013, the science and physics community lost four of their finest, Drs John Dunlop, Tony Farmer, Gerry Haddad and Don Price, in a tragedy beyond imagination. All had distinguished careers at CSIRO and were influential in bringing to industry new and novel techniques and products.

Even in retirement, they continued to work for the organisation in an honorary capacity making major contributions in the application of advanced physics to solve significant problems in manufacturing industries.

In conjunction with the Laboratories Credit Union and generous donations from Alumni, the family, friends and colleagues, this scholarship was created in their honour.

Requirements and eligibility

To be eligible for consideration, the applicant must be:

  • an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • students who have completed their undergraduate degree and enrolled into a higher science degree at an Australian university
  • be eligible under the application criteria.

Conditions of participation

The scholarship of $6000 is for the travel nominated in the application and must be commenced before end of the year that the reward is received. The successful applicant is to use the scholarship to fund travel costs to visit and/or conduct research in a University or research establishment of international standing in the field of proposed research. In addition to this condition, the following applies:

  • the scholarship travel must be taken up before December of the year awarded
  • the successful applicant is expected to submit a brief written report on the outcomes of their research visit within three months of their return to Australia
  • if feasible the successful applicant will attend and give a short talk at a CSIRO Alumni meeting.

How to apply

Applications are now closed for the 2020 Alumni Scholarship in Physics.

Applications for the 2021 scholarship will open later this year.

Donate now

With your support our aim is for a scholarship to be awarded annually in honour of John, Tony, Gerry and Don. By making a donation you are supporting our future scientists.


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