First listed on: 01 June 2022

Quantum Technologies PhD Scholarships


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The Opportunity

  • Enhance your PhD studies and kickstart your research career with a CSIRO Quantum Technologies FSP scholarship. 
  • Work alongside leading data scientists and engineers in real life projects aimed at solving Australia’s biggest challenges. 
  • Our scholarship students are the next generation research leaders in data science who progress to a diverse range of careers in industry, research and academia

As Australia’s national science agency, we are well positioned to explore and grow capability in the nascent quantum technologies industry. Future Science Platforms (FSPs) are an investment in science that underpins innovation and has the potential to help reinvent and create new industries for Australia.  They are strategic investments for CSIRO, aimed at developing capacity in areas of identified future importance for Australia. FSPs are both impact and science-focused, developing innovative scientific solutions with industry, government and university partners with a 5-to-10-year vision. The Quantum Technologies FSP aims to establish and grow capacity in quantum technology research and development at CSIRO, and is part of a larger strategic investment in Quantum at CSIRO. These scholarships in particular  focus on quantum algorithms, software and security, Data61's strategic research areas in Quantum Technology. 

We are inviting applications for the CSIRO Quantum Technologies FSP scholarship. We are looking for diverse and creative scholars, who can demonstrate academic and research excellence, and are capable of driving our impactful research projects that help shape Australia’s digital future. Students will have the opportunity to be part of a cohort and participate in the coursework program offered by the Next Generation Graduates Program.

Our previous scholarship recipients are successfully employed in the industry, technology companies and SMEs, universities, and leading research institutes in Australia and around the globe. Our graduates complete the program with a lifelong connection to CSIRO through our alumni network.

Research projects:  For details of the research projects that may be undertaken, please view the Quantum Technologies PhD scholarships research projects list.  You can apply for a maximum of two projects (2 preferences).  
Location:  Melbourne and Sydney - students are expected to spend more than 50% of their time based in CSIRO.
Tenure:  Maximum term of 3.5 years for full scholarship.  
Reference:  85205

The Scholarship:

  • Base stipend of $28,854 per annum and/or Top-up scholarship of $10,000 per annum
  • Benefits of up to $5,000 per annum for learning and development funding over the term of scholarship. Tuition fees are not covered.
  • Access to world-class research facilities and excellent tools, support and resources to bring your research to life. 
  • Join the Next Generation Graduates Program cohort that includes support and course works.
  • Connect into an inclusive culture where the diversity of people, experiences and views are valued, and where you will use your skills to help solve complex national and global problems.


  • Need to contact the University supervisor and the CSIRO supervisor to secure their PhD enrolment in the corresponding University.
  • Will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent.
  • International applicants must have the appropriate immigration approvals to allow them to take up the scholarship.
  • Must be residing in Australia in order to commence their PhD and take up the scholarship.
  • Students must start by 30 March 2023. Not meeting that deadline will void the scholarship.

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible for a full scholarship you must have:

  • A first-class honours Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in the relevant research area;
  • Been admitted in the corresponding Australian University as a PhD student;
  • A minimum of 2 referees willing to provide reference for your academic and research skills/experience.
  • Not already hold a PhD degree. 
  • Be within the first 12 months if you have already commenced your PhD studies.

Applications will be assessed on

  1. Academic calibre of the student:  The quality of the student is critical to the assessment of a scholarship and candidates must hold (or expect to gain) a relevant first-class honours (or equivalent) degree from a recognised university. 
  2. Research potential of the student:  The student must be able to demonstrate research capability to carry out the nominated research project including required research knowledge and skills.
  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’s supervisor should also be made clear.  

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

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


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

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How to Apply

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

1.    In the ‘Resume/CV’ field attach your Cover Letter, Resume/CV as one document.
2.    In the ‘Cover Letter’ field attach your Academic Transcripts
3.    In the ‘Education’ section select your university from the Educational Institute list. 

Additional Information for preparing your application

Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Your CV provides an overview of your educational and employment history and your skills. You should include:

Educational history
List all degrees studied in your educational history, indicating the name of the degree, university, years studied and GPA if known. If you completed a thesis as part of your degree, provide its title, the mark and list your supervisor/s.

Employment history
List your employer, your role, duration of employment, duties and achievements.

List any awards received throughout your tertiary study or employment. Do not provide/attach evidence of awards, for example certificates.

Provide a list of publications that have been accepted or published. Do not list publications that are submitted. Do not attach publications/papers to your application. Do not attach your Masters or Honours theses.  

Other information
You may provide other information in the CV that you think is relevant to your assessment, for example, information about research interests, research project experience, or key skills such as coding. 

Academic Transcripts
Provide official transcripts for all university studies as pdf documents, including degrees not completed or abandoned. Provide translated documents where transcripts are in a language other than English. Ensure scans are legible. Do not provide transcripts from high school, testamurs/degree certificates or award certificates.

Applications Close

30 November2022, 11.00pm AEDT
Applications may close for projects as suitable candidates are found, therefore early applications are strongly encouraged.

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