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CSIRO/Data61 - Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre (CSCRC) Graduate Scholarships

Date: 04-Jun-2019

Location: Various, AU

Company: CSIRO

  • Are you passionate about conducting research in cyber security?
  • Want to access CSIRO’s world-class facilities and resources while completing your PhD or Masters degree by research?
  • Apply for a CSCRC Graduate Scholarship now!

The CSCRC aims to inspire the next generation of cyber security professionals through working with some of the best cyber security researchers in Australia, and engagement with the CSCRC Industry & Government Participants.


Further details of the CSCRC Government and Industry Participants may be found at:

Research Themes

You are invited to apply at any time for a CSCRC Scholarship to carry out research in one of the following CSCRC Research Themes:

  • Resilient Systems: To automate the assessment of high-volume network traffic to identify ‘red flags’ that enable cyber security professionals to better prioritize their time on higher value-adding activities.
  • IoT Systems – Security and Configuration: To develop new approaches to identify threats and secure the deployment of the Internet of Things.
  • Next Generation Authentication Technologies: To develop authentication technologies to protect access to control systems used in the water, power, and mining industries.
  • Emerging Threats – Network Forensics and Response: To develop techniques to trace (at a forensic level) where cyber threats have originated, and automate this ability across complex infrastructure and architecture environments.
  • Platform and Architecture for Cyber Security as a Service: To develop a secure integrated platform that will enable cyber security providers to offer robust security services.
  • Security Automation and Orchestration: To develop technologies for security orchestration that can be provisioned as cyber security solutions as a service.
  • Privacy Preserving Data Sharing in a Hyperconnected World: To develop techniques for sharing threat data whilst ensuring data remains confidential, and provide algorithms for accessing and analysing threat data, metadata and patterns.
  • Real-Time Monitoring of Cyber Security Threats: To develop visualization techniques that enable rapid situational awareness of cyber threats and risks that will deliver confidence in the quality and provenance of shared information.


CSCRC Scholarship Categories
The CSCRC Scholarships are provided by the CSCRC for three years (with a possible 6 months extension) for a PhD, and 1.5 years full-time (or 3.5 years part-time) for a Masters (by Research) with a possible 6 months extension.


Scholarships of $50,000 p.a. are available for Australian, New Zealand students, or Permanent Residents of Australia. Scholarships of $37,000 p.a. are available for International students. Further, depending on the thesis topic and industry supporter, a top-up of up to $13,000 p.a. may be available.


Top-up CSCRC Research Scholarships of $23,000 p.a. are available for Australian, New Zealand students, or Permanent Residents of Australia, and $10,000 p.a. for International students for any student who already has a Graduate Scholarship such as through the Research Training Program.

Locations:  Various
Up to $50,000 per annum depending on the CSCRC scholarship category awarded.
Tenure:  Up to 3 years for a PhD, or 1.5 years full-time (or 3.5 years part-time) for a Masters (by Research) with a possible 6 months extension.
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Before a Scholarship can be awarded, a successful applicant must provide a valid unconditional offer of admission (or be an existing student) to a postgraduate research degree at one of the CSCRC Research Universities.

Contact: For more information please contact Dr Surya Nepal at

How to Apply
The potential applicants should discuss their proposed research with CSCRC researchers in advance. Initial points of contact for the CSCRC Research Providers are:

Submit your Scholarship Expression of Interest (EOI) to the above contact for the CSCRC Research Providers as well as to:

Before a CSCRC Scholarship approval is made, you will be required to provide:

  • Evidence of application for admission to a postgraduate research degree at one of the Research Providers.
  • The research proposal submitted for admission demonstrating interest and applicability to one of the CSCRC Research Themes.
  • Your CV.
  • Copies of your academic transcripts.
  • A one-page statement outlining which CSCRC Scholarship Category (outlined above) you are seeking to apply for, and why you would be a suitable CSCRC Scholar.

For details about how to apply for research degrees, contact

Applications close
CSCRC Graduate Scholarship applications will be considered through the year.

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