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Process description at the UWA Node:  ICRAR/UWA and ASTRO 3D scholarships – currently open

The University of Western Australia (UWA) node of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) invites applications for its PhD program.

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 (e.g. ASKAP), exquisite multi-wavelength datasets (e.g. GAMA, SAMI), and the latest galaxy formation models run on powerful HPC facilities, such as the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre.

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.

For this round, ICRAR/UWA is opening PhD positions under three programs, all embedded within ICRAR/UWA:

Applicants can choose to be considered for all three scholarships. Only projects in the linked PDFs above are being offered for this round.

To apply, you have to fill in this form, upload a cover letter, detailed curriculum vitae, transcripts of relevant degrees, undergraduate or masters research thesis or dissertation, English qualification evidence, and provide the details of two academic referees by the deadline of 20th of June 2022. Applicants should arrange to have two reference letters sent by this deadline to phd_uwa@icrar.org. Any questions please direct them to the same email address.



Process description at the UWA Node: standard UWA scholarships – currently closed

UWA offers a range of scholarships both for international and domestic students to carry out postgraduate studies. Applications from international students for UWA’s scholarships are generally called for twice a year, in April and August, while domestic scholarships open once a year in October. For currently open rounds please see here.

To apply for a PhD at ICRAR UWA, you have to submit your application via UWA’s application system. Your submitted documentation must include full transcript & completion certificates including grading scale; CV; publications; thesis; passport bio page; English language test result and summary of proposed research. You will be asked to provide details of two referees that should submit their reference letters sent by the deadline. When you apply you will be asked to present a proposed project. Please have a look at the current lists of PhD projects at ICRAR UWA.

ICRAR UWA has a PhD panel that will rank the applicants and call for interviews, which will be done via online platforms.

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 a reviewer, 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.