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Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy PhD Scholarship

Status: Closed

Applications open: 9/04/2018
Applications close: 11/05/2018

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About this scholarship

Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy PhD Scholarship on probing cosmic explosions with Australian radio telescopes

This PhD scholarship is provided by Curtin University to support an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher. In this project, you will use data from the world's leading radio telescopes (including, but not limited to the Australia Telescope Compact Array and the Murchison Widefield Array) to investigate the early-time radio properties of radio transients, such as short-duration gamma-ray bursts, which are a subset of gravitational wave events, and flare stars. Curtin University’s Institute of Radio Astronomy forms one half of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), a joint venture between Curtin University and The University of Western Australia. Curtin University operates the Murchison Widefield Array, the precursor to the low frequency component of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), and supports a large research group spanning transient astronomy, accretion physics, radio astronomy (galactic, extragalactic), pulsars, studies of the Epoch of Reionisation (EoR), and radio astronomy engineering research including significant participation in developing systems for the SKA.

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  • New Zealand Citizen
  • Permanent Humanitarian Visa
  • International Student
  • Merit Based

This scholarship attracts a tax-free living stipend paid by Curtin University according to the Australian Government RTP scholarship base rate of AU$27, 082 (2018 rates) per annum.

Scholarship Details


Bachelor of Science (Hons), Bachelor of Engineering (Hons), or Masters in one of astronomy, astrophysics, physics, maths or computer science/engineering.

• Meet the standard PhD course entry requirements for Curtin University.
• Demonstrated ability to conduct scientific research through either refereed journal publications or excellent project marks.
• Students who have not completed their formal degree studies in English must submit an IELTS transcript that meets the University’s minimum entrance criteria (detailed here

Application process

• Detailed CV
• Transcripts of undergraduate (and any Masters) studies
• A 1-2 page cover letter addressing the eligibility criteria, including what interests you about the project, your research motivation, and details on why you are good candidate.
• Contact details for two academic professional referees and/or previous supervisors.

Enrolment Requirements

Demonstrated ability to work independently and to meet deadlines during the course of the project.


Interested applicants are requested to send their application to Dr Gemma Anderson:

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