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Scholarship details

2023 HDR Curtin round - Establishing the source of the near-Earth asteroid population at the decimetre to 10 metre scale

Status: Open

Applications open: 8/07/2022
Applications close: 18/08/2022

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About this scholarship

Meteor showers are common enough and give us a spectacular show at certain times of the year. These objects are the trails of dust from comets travelling around our solar system. As they got left behind by their parent body so recently, we can link these trails to their comet. For larger Near-Earth Objects, million of years of orbital evolution have put a smokescreen on the meteoroid/parent body connection. The Global Fireball Observatory continuously scans large areas of the night sky, searching for fireballs from asteroidal material. It has the largest global dataset of this material. By statistically analysing the orbital history of meteoroids observed by the GFO, this project will aim to determine if there are any links between impacting material. Which asteroids create the most Near-Earth Objects that end up threatening the Earth? This will be put in context with the types of meteorites found on Earth, and the results of space missions visiting asteroids like JAXA's Hayabusa spacecrafts and NASA's OSIRIS-Rex. The project will develop an orbital model for asteroids at the decimetre to 10 metre scale. This model will become a general tool for planetary scientists to determine the source of small asteroids impacting the Earth. 

An Internship opportunity may also be available with this project.

  • Future Students
  • Faculty of Science & Engineering
    • Science courses
    • Engineering courses
    • Western Australian School of Mines (WASM)
  • Higher Degree by Research
  • Australian Citizen
  • Australian Permanent Resident
  • New Zealand Citizen
  • Permanent Humanitarian Visa
  • International Student
  • Merit Based

The annual scholarship package (stipend and tuition fees) is approx. $60,000 - $70,000 p.a.


Successful HDR applicants for admission will receive a 100% fee offset for up to 4 years, stipend scholarships, valued at approx. $28,800 p.a. for up to a maximum of 3.5 years, are determined via a competitive selection process. Applicants will be notified of the scholarship outcome in November 2022. 


For detailed information, visit: Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships | Curtin University, Perth, Australia.

Scholarship Details


All applicable HDR courses

- Undergraduate in Astronomy, Physics, Planetary Sciences, Data Science or similar.
- Demonstrated experience in research - this may be in the form of an extensive research project completed as part of an undergraduate degree, or a research masters. 

Application process

If this project excites you, and your research skills and experience are a good fit for this specific project, you should contact the Project Lead (listed below in the enquires section) via the Expression of Interest (EOI) form.

Enrolment Requirements

Eligible to enrol in a Higher Degree by Research Course at Curtin University by March 2023


To enquire about this project opportunity that includes a scholarship application, contact the Project lead, Dr Hadrien Devillepoix via the EOI form above.

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