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Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy PhD Scholarship - Closed

Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy PhD Scholarship is now closed.

Status: Closed
Applications open: CLOSED
Applications close: CLOSED

About this scholarship

Description/Applicant information

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.

Student type
  • Current Students
  • Future Students
  • Science & Engineering
Course type
  • Postgraduate Research

Non-gender specific

  • Australian Citizen
  • International students
  • New Zealand Citizen
  • Australian Permanent Resident
  • Permanent Humanitarian Visa
Scholarship base
  • Merit Based
Maximum number awarded


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.
Eligible courses

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

Eligibility criteria

• 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

Conditions that need to be met to keep your scholarship

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

How to apply

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.

Need more information?

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

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