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Scholarship details

2023 HDR Curtin round - Cosmic Dawn Science with the SKA-Low

Status: Open

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

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About this scholarship

The low-frequency component of the Square Kilometre Array will be the largest radio telescope capable of studying the Cosmic Dawn, the period in which the first stars formed in the infant Universe. The SKA, which commenced construction in 2021, will consist of hundreds of stations formed from 256 dual-polarisation, wideband dipole antennas, which are tuned to undertake a range of science, and have a large collecting area. Despite this, they are also complicated instruments, together form a complex response to the sky, which varies with frequency, making precision science more challenging. This project will use state-of-the-art simulations of the station primary beam response to the sky to (1) understand the properties of the Cosmic Dawn signal, as seen by the SKA; (2) define and shape how the Cosmic Dawn experiment can best utilise the telescope characteristics, (3) help define the observing strategy for the 5000-hour experiment. A student with a good grounding in science and some engineering understanding will be a good match for this project. 

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

This project will suit an applicant with a broad interest in the science and engineering of the Square Kilometre Array telescope. They will benefit from a sound understanding of the basic cosmology, and workings of a radio telescope. A background in engineering and some computing experience would be highly-beneficial. 

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, Professor Cathryn Trott via the EOI form above.

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