CSIRO PhD Top-Up Scholarships 2023, CSIRO, Australia

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About CSIRO PhD Top-Up Scholarships 2023

CSIRO PhD Top-Up Scholarships provide enhanced opportunities for outstanding graduates enrolling in a PhD at Australian tertiary institutions. Collaborating with us to complete your PhD degree will give your research the edge. We offer you access to our leading scientists, engineers and mentors, the opportunity to take your research to the next level in our first-class facilities and first-hand experience in an environment where our innovative research really is changing the world for the better.

CSIRO PhD Top-Up Scholarships are available to postgraduate students who have gained (or expect to gain), first or upper second-class honours or equivalent, in relevant research areas and who are in receipt of, or expect to receive, a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or an equivalent primary scholarship commencing in 2022 or early 2023.

Joint supervision of students by a university and a CSIRO supervisor is required and such joint supervisory arrangements must be consistent with the Higher Degree by Research Regulations of the host university. The students’ research will be co-supervised by CSIRO and university researchers.

A CSIRO PhD Top-Up Scholarship is a supplementary award, which adds to the student’s support from a principal scholarship awarded by another body, e.g. RTP scholarship.

In all respects recipients of awards will be regarded as students of the University at which they are registered, and all rules relating to degree candidature and the primary award will apply. In particular, recipients will undertake research at CSIRO as a student of the university concerned and will not be employees of CSIRO.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply you must have (or expect to gain):

  • first or upper second-class honours or equivalent in a relevant research area;
  • admission to an Australian University as a PhD student;
  • hold an appropriate visa to study in Australia (if international)*
  • be no further than one year (FTE) into a PhD candidature on commencing at CSIRO hold a primary scholarship; for example, a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or other primary scholarship of similar value;
  • not be in receipt of any other Top-Up scholarship
  • a university supervisor who is willing and able to supervise you; and
  • be available to commence with CSIRO no later than 30 June 2023.

* International applicants must have the appropriate visa to allow them to take up the scholarship. The successful student must be residing in Australia in order to commence their PhD and take up the CSIRO PhD Top-Up Scholarship by no later than 30 June 2023.

Research area

CSIRO’s Data61 is home to one of the largest collections of research and development expertise on artificial intelligence (AI) and data science in the world. Data61 is at the forefront of digital science and innovation. At CSIRO’s Data61 you can immerse yourself in an inclusive culture where a diversity of minds and views are welcomed.

CSIRO Data61 are offering PhD top-up scholarships in the following priority research areas:

1. Computer Vision-Based Human Activity Recognition and Intent Prediction

2. Human-Robot Collaboration

3. Security and Robustness of On-device Machine Learning Systems

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Location: Various locations across Australia

Scholarship: Top-up Scholarship of $10,000 per annum, plus a learning and development budget of $5,000 over the term of the studentship

Tenure: Up to 3 years Reference: 88241

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Selection Criteria

Applications will be assessed on:

1. Quality and relevance of student project: The primary assessment criterion for a CSIRO Postgraduate Scholarship is the quality and relevance of the project being proposed. The research must be aligned with the advertised priority research area.

2. Academic calibre of the student: The quality of the student is also critical to the assessment of a scholarship and candidates must hold (or expect to gain) a relevant first or upper second class honours (or equivalent) degree from a recognised university.

3. Availability of appropriate university supervision: The relevance of the university supervisor’s research background and their willingness to supervise the student in collaboration with the CSIRO supervisor should also be made clear.

How to Apply?

You will be required to:

1. submit a Resume/CV and Cover Letter (as one document) in the ‘Resume/CV’ field which includes:

  • the reasons why the research project/s you have selected are of interest to you and how your skills/knowledge meet the project requirements;
  • the names and contact details of two academic referees; and
  • an outline of your longer-term career aspirations and how this program will help you achieve them.

2. upload your academic results in the ‘Cover Letter’ field;

3. in the ‘Education’ section, select your university from the Educational Institute list;

4. in the ‘Job-Specific Information’ section, select your preferred research project/s in order of preference. You are not required to provide your Grade Point Average (GPA), please select ‘Not Applicable’.

Application Deadline

31 October 2022

Official Notification

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