Initiated by the Australian Government, the CSIRO Industry PhD Program brings together an industry partner, a university and Australia's leading science agency - CSIRO - to co-develop a 4-year industry-focused PhD project.

About the program

The purpose of the program is to support university-industry relationships to drive research translation and commercialisation.

Industry-linked PhD candidates receive:

  • a 4-year stipend scholarship of $46K p.a. funded by the Australian Government ($34K; 2024 rate) and the industry partner ($12K; 2024 rate)
  • a 4-year tuition fee scholarship provided by the host university
  • a 4-year project expense and development package of up to $13K p.a. (2024 rate)
  • a 60-day industry engagement component provided by the industry partner
  • a professional development training program delivered alongside the PhD
  • supervision by the host university, CSIRO and an industry partner.

The CSIRO website includes details about the program objectives, program requirements, project funding, project development stages, application process, and project assessment and selection.

Learn more on the CSIRO website

How to apply

EOIs open in February and are submitted by the primary contact for the project on behalf of all partners. Please contact the Graduate Research School to discuss your ideas.

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