PhD scholarship in CSIRO Industry PhD Program

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The Opportunity
The CSIRO Industry PhD Program (iPhD) is a four-year research training program, focusing on applied research that benefits industry by solving real-world challenges. It aims to produce the next generation of innovation leaders with the skills to work at the interface of research and industry in Australia.
The Program includes:
a)    Admission to a university PhD program.
b)    Supervision by the participating university, CSIRO, and an industry partner.
c)    A four year scholarship package totalling $46,000 per annum (2024 rate).  
d)    A four year Project Expense and Development package of $13,000 per annum.
e)    A three month industry engagement component with the industry partner.
f)    A structured professional development and training program to develop your applied research skills.
Successful students are subject to the policies, procedures and guidelines of the participating university in addition to the CSIRO Industry PhD Program terms and conditions. Students will receive a standard PhD on completion.

AUD$242,243.00 in total for 4 years, including a four year scholarship package totalling $46,000 per annum (2024 rate) and a four year Project Expense and Development package of $13,000 per annum.

Applications are now open.


One (1) scholarship available

Australian/New Zealand Citizens or Permanent Resident

Application Process

a)    Applicants are required to submit an expression of interest (EOI) following the instructions detailed on the participating university’s webpage.
b)    The EOI is assessed by the supervisory team and shortlisted applicants are interviewed.
c)    The supervisory team nominates a preferred applicant and informs iPhD office.
d)    The nominated applicant will be instructed to apply.
e)    The application is then assessed by the host university against PhD admission criteria.
f)    The university will issue a letter of offer for the program if all conditions have been satisfied.  

Eligibility Requirements

The student must:
a)    Be an Australian citizen or Permanent Resident, or a New Zealand citizen.  
b)    Meet participating university PhD admission requirements.
c)    Meet university English language requirements.
d)    Not have previously completed a PhD.
e)    Be able to commence the Program in the year of the offer.
f)    Enrol as a full-time PhD student. Part-time arrangements may be considered if approved by the supervisory team and in accordance with university policy.
g)    Be prepared to be located at the project location(s) that the host university has approved and, if required, comply with the host university’s external enrolment procedures.
h)    Be prepared to undergo onboarding to CSIRO, which will include passing mandatory government background checks (allow for between 4 to 8 weeks) and complete any other CSIRO requirements.

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.