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About CSIRO's Data61 scholarship program

Our aim is to produce top-quality doctoral students who can go on to contribute to our data-skilled workforce to shape Australia's digital future. Our scholarship students are the next generation of research leaders in data science who progress on to a diverse range of careers the industry, research and academia.

What you need to know

Our PhD scholarship program provides opportunities for outstanding postgraduate students with demonstrated academic and research excellence to advance research projects in strategic priority areas. These areas include artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, industry 4.0 and 5.0, digital services, quantum technologies and more. Discover some of Data61's past research on our website.

Scholarships are available to domestic and international applicants who are enrolled locally at an Australian tertiary institution on a full-time study program which will lead to the award of a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Students will be co-supervised by researchers at CSIRO's Data61 and academics from an Australian University.

There are two intakes per year, with the successful candidates selected after a competitive assessment process.

What the scholarship offers you

CSIRO's Data61 offers full scholarships or top up scholarships to successful outstanding students. The scholarship will have a maximum term of 3.5 years of PhD candidature.

A full scholarship includes the Australian Government Research Training (RTP) Program base rate supplemented with a top-up scholarship of $10,000 per annum. Students who are successful in receiving a University base stipend from an Australian university can apply for a top-up scholarship only.

Our scholarships include a learning and development expenses of up to $5,000 over the term of scholarship which will be available on a need basis.

At CSIRO’s Data61, you will have access to world-class research facilities and excellent tools, support and resources to bring your research to life. You will be exposed to an inclusive culture where diversity of people, experiences and views are highly valued, and you will use your skills to help solve complex national and global problems.

Requirements and eligibility

  • Meet our academic standards by holding a bachelor’s degree with a First Class Honours or an equivalent degree.
  • Have applied for admission, or are already enrolled, in a full-time PhD program at an Australian University and applied for any university scholarships that you are eligible for at the same time.
  • Have minimum of two referees provide reports. There will be further information about referee reports in the scholarship advertisement.
  • Must commence within a specific time period noted in the scholarship round advertisement.
  • If you have already commenced a PhD, you must be less than 12 months into your PhD at the start of the specified time period in the advertisement for the scholarship’s commencement.
  • Must not already hold a PhD degree.

How to apply

PhD research projects will be advertised on the CSIRO careers website when scholarship rounds are open. To apply, please visit CSIRO Studentships and Scholarships and select Data61 PhD scholarship. 

Contact us

For any enquiries around our scholarship program, email us at

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