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Scholarship details

2024 RTP round - A multi-year analysis of Radio Frequency Interference from a radio quiet location: preparation for a radio astronomy mission to the lunar far side

Status: Closed

Applications open: 7/07/2023
Applications close: 25/08/2023

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About this scholarship

The CSIRO is the operator of Inyarrimanha Ilgari Bundara, the CSIRO Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (hereafter the MRO). The MRO is the location at which an international consortium is building the largest and most sensitive low frequency radio telescope ever conceived, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).

To understand the radio frequency environment of the Murchison and translate that knowledge to designing a mission to the moon.

* Process 16 TB of radio frequency interference (RFI) monitoring data from the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory
* Understand and identify the origins of the RFI signals detected
* Translate this terrestrial understanding to the design of a RFI monitor for a lunar mission 

This will be preparatory work for a $US150M mission proposal to undertake radio astronomy from the moon. 

  • Future Students
  • Faculty of Science & Engineering
    • Science courses
    • Engineering courses
  • 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 at the 2023 RTP rate valued at $32,250 p.a. for up to a maximum of 3 years, with a possible 6-month completion scholarship. Applicants are determined via a competitive selection process and will be notified of the scholarship outcome in November 2023. 

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

Scholarship Details


All applicable HDR courses

Background in physics, electrical and electronic engineering, computer science, or related fields.

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. ahead of the closing date. Please note you should apply as soon as possible, as once a suitable candidate has been identified this opportunity will no longer be available to receive an EOI.

Enrolment Requirements

Eligible to enrol in a Higher Degree by Research Course at Curtin University by March 2024.

Recipients must complete their milestone 1 within 6 month of enrolment and remain enrolled on a full-time basis for the duration of the scholarship.


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

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