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Data61, the digital powerhouse formed by the merging of CSIRO’s digital productivity business unit and National ICT Australia (NICTA), offers a world-class PhD experience to eligible PhD candidates working in data-related disciplines such as Analytics, Cyber-Physical Systems, Software and Computational Systems and Decision Sciences.

Students are supervised by world-leading CSIRO researchers and University academics on real-world projects that deliver significant research outcomes for the national benefit. Students are offered opportunities to push the fundamental boundaries in the ICT disciplines in which they work, participate in real industrial projects and do internships in Australia and overseas. Data61 encourages and supports entrepreneurial activities of our scholars, offering opportunities to join our start-ups or even create their own.

Data61 PhD Scholarship Opportunities

Data61 offers scholarships for exceptional PhD candidates across all disciplines of data-related science and technology, for both Australian and international applicants. Full stipends, set at a rate equivalent to the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) rate (indexed annually) and Top-up scholarships of up to $10,000 pa, are available for periods up to 3.5 years.

Please visit the CSIRO Data61 Scholarship Guidelines page for detailed information regarding these scholarships and find out how to apply.

Further enquiries should be directed to Data61 student scholarship administration at

Updated:  1 November 2018/Responsible Officer:  Head of School/Page Contact:  CECS Marketing