First listed on: 04 March 2020

Data61 PhD Scholarships 

The Opportunity
  • Enhance your PhD studies with a Data61 PhD scholarship and join Australia’s premier research organisation for digital science and technology
  • Be supervised and mentored by leading data scientists and engineers with the opportunity to be embedded in Data61 research teams and groups
  • Our scholarship students are the next generation of data research leaders and go on to a diverse range of employment opportunities in industry, research and academia.

CSIRO’s Data61 is inviting applications for the Data61 PhD scholarship program. We’re looking for creative scholars, who can demonstrate research excellence and who want to work on novel and innovative research projects that have purpose and impact, and which are aligned to our research mission.

Successful candidates:

  • Receive a PhD scholarship at the Research Training Program (RTP) base rate and/or Top-up of $10,000 per annum awarded for up to 3.5 years
  • Enrol in a PhD at one of our participating universities
  • Receive supervision and mentorship from researchers at Data61 and university supervisor/s
  • Undertake in-depth PhD research on a topic aligned with Data61’s priority research areas

Previous scholarship recipients work in industry, global tech companies and SMEs, universities and leading research institutes in Australia and overseas. Graduates complete the program with a lifelong connection to Data61 through our alumni network.

Research areas:  For details of research areas please see research areas (link).

Location: Candidates may be located at a Data61 site and/or at their university.

Reference:  66011


Please see the detailed information on our website for full details. 

International applicants must have the appropriate immigration approvals to allow them to take up the scholaaship.

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. Diversity and Inclusion Strategy

We are committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people.


At CSIRO, Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology.

CSIRO's Data61 is the data and digital specialist arm of CSIRO. We are creating Australia's data-driven future.

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply

Before you commence your online application:

  1. Read and follow the detailed information on our website on how to prepare application documents for our scholarship program. Applicants who do not follow the information on preparing application documents may find their application is not able to be considered.
  2. Have your application documents ready, including Data61 supervisor support.

You will be required to submit your application be in the following order:

  1. In the Resume/CV field attach your Cover Letter, Resume/CV and Research Proposal as one document.
  2. In the ‘Cover Letter’ field attach your Academic Transcripts, Proof of Contact with Supervisors plus any Additional Documents as one document.
  3. In the ‘Education’ section select your university from the Educational Institute list. 


Referee Reports:

Applications must be supported by two referee reports using the Data61 referee report template. These should be completed and sent from the referee to within one week of the application closing date.

Applications Close

Sunday 5 April 2020, 11.00pm AEDT

For selection documentation
and details on how to apply visit or call 1300 984 220

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