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Data61 provides a world-class research environment to work alongside Australia's leading data scientists. We believe that creating opportunities for students is critical to our ongoing ability to remain globally competitive. That's why we offer a significant number of competitive scholarships to the best and brightest.

Our graduates are experts in their chosen fields, working in leading universities and research institutes in Australia as well as overseas: INRIA, the Max Planck Institute, Xerox, ETH Zurich and HP Labs - as well as the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Maryland, Carnegie Mellon University and Imperial College London, just to name a few. Data61 graduates are also excelling in industry, securing jobs in companies such as IBM, Nvidia, Cochlear, CSIRO, BHP, Animal Logic Studios, Accenture, Ericsson, Nokia, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo! and start-ups such as Open Kernel Labs, Nitero, Saluda Medical, Redbubble and Rome2Rio.

We encourage our scholars to push fundamental boundaries of their chosen ICT discipline: Analytics, Decision Sciences, Cyber-Physical Systems or Software and Computational Systems.  We support our scholars' entrepreneurial activities, offering opportunities to join our start-ups or even create their own. 


Our candidates are the next generation of data research leaders.  We are seeking inventive and innovative scholars with a passion for ICT research who are looking to combine new technologies, new ways of thinking with a focus on project delivery. Our PhD scholars enjoy a rich and engaged research experience.

Applicants may be Australian or international students.  They must have already applied for, or have already commenced a PhD research program at one of our 23 participating universities.

Candidates must have completed (or be currently completing) an Australian Bachelor degree with First Class Honours or hold a degree with an equivalent grade. Proposed research projects must align with Data61’s research areas.

Duration and Level of Award

Data61 offers full and top-up scholarships for up to a period of 3.5 years. The Data61 PhD Scholarship provides a full stipend at the same rate as the Australian Postgraduate Award. A top-up scholarship is also available at a rate of $10,000 per annum.

Successful candidates can also apply for support for conference registration and travel funds. They may also undertake an overseas internship during the candidature term.

How To Apply

Want to become part of the team that is helping to build Australia's data-driven future? Apply online through the Data61 scholarship application form.

Prior to applying, candidates should ensure that they have:

  • made contact with a Data61 supervisor to discuss a research project and have written agreement from the Data61 researcher and university supervisor to supervise their PhD project
  • applied for admission or been accepted to study a PhD program at a university involved in the Data61 PhD program
  • the following documents ready to attach to their application: a current CV or resume, academic transcripts from all previous or current university studies, a research proposal, and copies of any published journal papers or other publications.

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