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Join us to help shape Australia’s tech future

How can we ensure that the technology we build helps shape the future that we want, not the one we fear? How can we ensure diverse world views come together to build AI and emerging technologies to represent a much wider view of humanity with benefits for everyone?

If you have ever wanted a career in tech, including quantum, robotics, and AI, now is the time to sign up to the Next Generation Graduates program.

If you have been considering a career change and want to make a positive difference in the world, now is the time to get involved.

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Narrator: Surrounded by the swirling possibilities of AI, and barely glimpsed emerging technologies, we stand on the edge of something big.


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We can all feel it, a sense of awe and excitement with a sprinkling of uncertainty.


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Peering out into this vast unknown driven by your curiosity, playfulness, and passion,


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open to new ideas, and fuelled by everything that makes your perspective unique, where do you stand?


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At this edge of human experience what can you bring on our journey into the Age of New Tech?


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Diversity drives innovation. Only in the melting pot of different skills, views and ideas, will we discover responsible, safe, and sustainable solutions to the world’s biggest problems.


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No matter how unique we are individually it’s the power of our collective diversity, our contrasting ideas, and shared knowledge, that unlocks our true human potential.


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Welcome, to the crucible of advanced ideas. Welcome to Next Gen, Australia’s graduate research training program for AI, quantum and emerging technologies.


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Graduates are gathering, from all walks of life, sharing their passion, and commitment,


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tackling our most wicked problems head on.


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Together, at Next Gen, we do science right.


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Shaping AI, with humans and our world at the centre we grow the possibilities of new tech responsibly and apply them in places like mental health care, education, agriculture, energy, and sports.


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We’ll solve multitudes of problems for each other, and the planet, forging new tech to embrace everyone and create a better future for all.


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With Next Gen, you’ll be nurtured by world‑leaders in academia and industry, sharing new tech capabilities, helped by generous scholarships and allowances, mentors and pioneers, empowered by a foundational platform of deep knowledge, curiosity, and flexible delivery, exhilarated by real-world problems, crying out for new thinking, and inspired by teams around you, driving forward together.


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You’ll have real innovation within your reach.


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This is the moment, to bring your edge.


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With Next Gen, you can shape our future. It’s in your hands.


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Right across Australia, with 500 scholarships from Honours to PhD - your potential is limitless.

The Next Generation Graduates Scholarships provide Honours and postgraduate students from any project background the unique opportunity to work with leading scholars and industry specialists to help solve the world's greatest problems.

Expressing your interest in our industry-led, multidisciplinary research training programs is simple. Follow these steps to unlock generous scholarships in the fields of AI, quantum and other emerging technologies.

If you have any questions before contacting Chief Investigators, please reach out to for assistance.

Scholarships are available until all places are filled. There is no fixed deadline for applications, so reach out to Chief Investigators at any time.

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