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Process description at the UWA Node: standard UWA scholarships – open 01/09/2023 for domestic students and international UWA graduates

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 citizen, Australian permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen) and international UWA graduates to start in 2024.

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.

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 and International UWA graduates for UWA’s scholarships opens 1st of September 2023 with submission deadline 31st of October 2023. International scholarships are expected to open again in July 2024.

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 (UWA’s English language requirements), and details of two referees that should submit their reference letters prior to the deadline.  Further information can be found in the UWA advice for applicantsWhen you apply you will be asked to present a proposed project that you have previously discussed with a proposed supervisor. Please have a look at the current lists of PhD projects at ICRAR UWA and contact potential supervisors directly, prior to applying. 

ICRAR UWA has a PhD panel that will rank the applicants and call for interviews, which will be done via online platforms. We committed to equity and diversity, and encourage 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