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Round 2023-24 is now open and will close on Monday 16 October 2023 at 6pm (AEST)

Grant overview

Leading the charge in upskilling Australia’s digital tech workforce, the Next Generation Graduates Program (NGGP) will fund up to 500 nationally competitive scholarships to attract and train the next generation of AI and emerging technologies specialists and build technology capability and skills across a range of fields.

Funded by the Australian Government, the NGGP will provide scholarships to domestic students and aims to attract candidates from diverse academic backgrounds, including those with degrees in social sciences, professional fields, mathematical disciplines, computational sciences, or other areas of study.

Round 2023-24 will provide up to a total of $15.5 million in student stipends and allowances from 2024-2029 with up to a further $5.5 million expected to be committed by industry partners.


The Round will be structured with two streams:

  • General Stream - is set to allocate $7.5 million
  • Regional Stream - is set to allocate up to $8 million
    NB: As part of our commitment to a regional focus, priority will be given to Regional Stream applications that successfully meet the criteria. If funds are not fully allocated, leftover funds may be redistributed to the General Stream.

Please review the application guidelines to assess your eligibility for these streams.

Regional focus

The NGGP aims to help students unlock their full potential and shape the future of AI and emerging technologies, with the understanding that diversity in thought and backgrounds is crucial for innovation. The NGGP have completed two rounds to date, with 25 consortia programs successfully awarded. Yet, of these 25, there is only minimal regional university (as per Section 5 in the application guidelines) involvement.

The newly established Regional Stream seeks to:

  • support participation of regional universities and their students in the NGGP,
  • encourage collaboration between industry, other partner organisations and universities, including regional universities,
  • contribute to regional priorities. 

Application guidelines and templates

How to apply

All applications must be submitted electronically with the mandatory attachments through the online application platform, which will be accessible from Monday 11 September 2023.

Information session

Interested parties are invited to join our information session where the program team will discuss the overall program, requirements for applicants, and Q&A.

Date: Wednesday 13th September 2023

Time: 3-4.30pm AEST

Register through CSIRO event page.

A follow-up Q&A session is scheduled for Thursday 28th September 2023, 3-4pm. If you have additional questions, this will be an opportunity to address them directly with the team. Keep an eye on this space for more details.

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