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Process description at the UWA Node: standard UWA scholarships – currently open for domestic (Aus/NZ) students

The University of Western Australia (UWA) node of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) invites applications for its PhD program from domestic students (Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or a New Zealand citizens).

ICRAR/UWA hosts a vibrant and friendly research environment where PhD students carry out cutting-edge projects in observational and theoretical astrophysics, often including work in “Big Data” methodologies and technologies. ICRAR/UWA researchers play leading roles in programs that exploit state-of-the-art radio telescopes, exquisite multi-wavelength datasets, and the latest galaxy formation models run on powerful HPC facilities, such as the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre. Currently available postgraduate research projects can be found here.

Situated on the Swan River, UWA is one of Australia’s most picturesque campuses. Its open courtyards, lush and verdant, are a place to study and relax, taking advantage of Perth’s beautiful climate.

UWA offers a range of scholarships both for international and domestic students to carry out postgraduate studies. Applications from domestic students for a UWA RTP scholarships are currently open with deadline 17th of March 2023. International scholarships are expected to open in July 2023.

To apply for the current domestic RTP scholarship, applicants are requested to send a 1-page cover letter including proposed project, a CV, academic transcripts, and a copy of their masters or bachelor thesis, to phd_uwa@icrar.org by Friday 17th March 2023. Applicants are also requested to arrange for two reference letters to be sent to phd_uwa@icrar.org by the deadline. Applicants should comply with the UWA’s English language requirements and meet that RTP eligibility requirements for here. Further information can be found in the UWA advice for applicants.

ICRAR UWA has a PhD panel that will rank the applicants and call for interviews, which will be done via online platforms. We are committed to equity and diversity, and encourages applications from women and underrepresented minorities.

Tips for Scholarship Applications at the UWA node

  • All scholarships are extremely competitive. Applicants with exceptional academic records (ie: >80%), research experience and/or training, together with peer reviewed research articles are considered competitive.
  • Contact potential supervisors before the deadline to let them know of your intent of working with them.
  • Answer all questions in a well written and formatted style fit for purpose – refrain from copy and paste text from other sources. UWA receives hundreds of scholarship applications, if you want yours to stand out, you need to pay attention to detail, treat it like a job application.
  • Attach all requested documentation and provide evidence to support any stated claim in regard to academic awards/prizes, or work experience by providing certificates or letters from employers.
  • Your thesis and/or published works will be read by your potential academic supervisor and the PhD selection panel, therefore make sure it is readable. If not in English, you may consider providing more than just an abstract in English.
  • Make sure all attachments are legible and in PDF format. Photos of documentation taken by a phone are not always easy to read.
  • Successful scholarship applicants are expected to take up the scholarship, full-time within a few months of the scholarship closing date. If you are unable to meet this time commitment, you should consider applying in the next round. Note: external/distance, off-campus and part-time enrolments are not permitted for scholarship holders.
  • Read UWA’s advice for applicants to ensure you are eligible for a PhD at UWA