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FAQ: Data61 Scholarship FAQs

Applications are assessed to ensure candidates meet the academic and research standards and to capability to carry out research with the advertised project.

The assessment criteria are:

  • Academic merit
  • Research potential
  • Evidence of skills and capability required to carry out the advertised project

Assessment panels will assess applications through a competitive assessment process. Members of the assessment panels are top scientists and academics within CSIRO’s Data61.

Applicants should ensure that all information conveyed in their application can be understood by someone within and outside of their discipline.

First class Honours equivalency may be determined by the Data61 Assessment panel, taking into account:

  • Completion of a research project and its grade
  • Quality of publications (if any), including the percentage the candidate has contributed to a publication
  • Work experience in a field relevant to the research (if any)
  • Other degrees with a strong research component (if any)
All applicants will be informed of the outcome within 10-12 weeks from closing date of applications.

Successful applicants will be advised of the next steps to receiving a scholarship offer.
Successful applicants will receive a scholarship offer with the 'CSIRO Student Scholarship Agreement'.

The agreement is a three-way contract between CSIRO, the student, and the university. It must be signed by all parties to accept the award.

The agreement provides the legal framework for intellectual property (IP) assignment, publications, copyright and confidentiality matters that may affect the student, the university and/or CSIRO.
Scholarships are advertised to start in a specific semester/period.

Where students are delayed in commencing the scholarship due to visa waiting times or other unavoidable circumstances, the award will stand for one further semester.
Scholarships are paid through the student’s university. Payments are linked to the continuation of the student candidature.

Payments will cease at the end of the scholarship’s maximum duration, or earlier upon PhD thesis submission, withdrawal from the PhD program at the university, termination of the student scholarship agreement or in the event the student ceases to meet the eligibility criteria.

Learning and development needs should be discussed and agreed upon with a supervisor at CSIRO's Data61 supervisor, with expenses paid to the student as a reimbursement upon provision of a tax invoice.
No. Candidates must apply for other university or government scholarships at the same time as applying for the Data61 scholarship award.

Candidates who are awarded an Australian university or government base stipend may apply for a Data61 top-up scholarship. If at any time a Data61 PhD Scholarship (base stipend) holder receives a secondary award of a value greater than 75% of the Data61 PhD Scholarship rate, the Data61 PhD Scholarship will be suspended for the duration of the secondary scholarship.

The Data61 Top-up Scholarship may continue to be held but will not convert to a full stipend if the base stipend ceases.
Data61 PhD Scholarships are set on a merit basis and are not awarded based on a quota

Leave entitlements of students who hold Data61 scholarships are unaffected and will follow the entitlements in line with the policies of the university of enrolment and RTP guidelines.
Scholarship candidates must maintain a full-time study load. Students must inform Data61 if they are intending to change study load and provide a copy of any university approval paperwork.

Scholarship payments will be suspended when a student converts to a part-time study load. Payments may recommence upon the resumption of full-time study. The scholarship duration will be reduced by the period of part-time study at a rate of one full-time day for every two part-time days.

Continuation of Data61 scholarship payments is conditional upon maintained satisfactory academic progress and satisfactory engagement with Data61.

Progress is monitored through complementary annual scholarship and academic reviews undertaken by the university review panel which will include in its membership, the relevant Data61 research program director or delegate.

We aim to enrich our scholars’ PhD experience with supervision from Data61’s expert scientists and engineers, contributing to the exemplary body of research of our groups and teams.

You will be entitled to enjoy benefits of all provisions provided by the Australian Government Research Training Program subject to formal approval by your university. This includes benefits such as sick leave, parental leave and leave without pay (suspensions).

At CSIRO's Data61, we provide a supportive environment enriched with work life balance, health and wellbeing and safety for our team members to flourish and thrive. Check out the CSIRO experience website to explore the benefits of working with us.

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