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Scholarship details

2023 RTP round - Earth Attack - the rate of impact on Earth and other planets

Status: Open

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

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About this scholarship

Whether looking for meteorite or tracking satellites, the Desert Fireball Network continuously scans large areas of the night sky, searching for meteorite-dropping fireballs.

But how much material is bombarding the Earth on a daily basis? The global data are well constrained for large (>10s m sized) objects, as well as the small, dusty material, but the cm-m size range is poorly known. The DFN dataset contains the largest and most complete record of the number, sizes, and orbits of material hitting our planet.

This project will use the DFN’s orbital database to answer the fundamental question: how often do we get impacted?

This will place a critical constraint on the impact hazard (there is still an order-of-magnitude variation in estimates of Tunguska-class impactors). These data can also be used to model the flux of material into the inner solar system in general. How much material might be expected on the Moon, or even Mars?

Where will your love for space take you? This project is ideal for candidates with a background in Physics, Astronomy or Planetary Science, interests in coding and data science.


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
  • 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, Ellie Sansom via the EOI form above.

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