PhD Scholarships

PhD Scholarships


Undertaken over three years with one of the D2D CRC’s University partners, the PhDs Scholarships are a fantastic opportunity to contribute to leading-edge research utilised by the National Security and Defence industry.

National Security Big Data PhD Scholarships

In 2017, the D2D CRC can offer a limited number of National Security Big Data PhD scholarships. These scholarships provide $30,000 tax free annually for three years, inclusive of a $20,000 living stipend and $10,000 allowance for travel, materials and resources.  When combined with an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship, this equates to a minimum of $57,000 per annum, offering the opportunity to immerse students in a research topic with strong financial support.  As these scholarships require an Australian Government issued Security Clearance, only Australian Citizens are eligible to apply.

Both scholarship options also incorporate a significant focus on professional development opportunities that support students during their PhD and for their future career including:

  • placements with an industry/agency partner, providing networking and future career opportunities;
  • an applied research exchange program;
  • attending the D2D CRC annual conference;
  • workshops aimed at enhancing real world skills including entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership;
  • fun events and opportunities to meet other students from across Australia and the world.


To be eligible applicants must:

  • Hold a strong academic record
  • Possess a Masters or Honours first class in data science, computer engineering, mathematics or related field
  • Apply for a Research Training Program Scholarship
  • Commence in Semester 1, 2018
  • For the National Security Big Data PhD Scholarships - be willing and eligible to hold (or currently hold) an Australian Government issued Security Clearance to participate in the placements.  For more information on the process and eligibility (which includes being a current Australian Citizen), go to


The PhD research topics fall within four key project areas:

  • Integrated Law Enforcement – develop innovative ways of integrating different sources of data to provide greater data capabilities to policing agencies
  • Beat The News – work with a wide variety of stakeholders to develop predictive data analytics from open source data in areas such as disease outbreaks and civil unrest
  • Apostle – develop a large scale data analysis & exploitation platform which can automatically find and summarise streaming event data
  • Law & Policy – these topics investigate the integrated social, legal and policy impact of Big Data

PhD Topics


At which location/University will my PhD be based?

The location of your PhD depends on your research topic.  Each topic is aligned to a supervisor at a particularly University at a particular location.  The description of each research topic includes the name and University of the relevant supervisor.


Can I choose my own topic that hasn’t be outlined on the website?

Yes, if your research topic is related closely enough to our research programs, we will consider it.


Do I need to apply for an Australian Postgraduate Award or International Postgraduate Research Scholarship separately?

Yes, the process for applying for a D2D CRC Scholarship and an APA/IPRS are completely separate.   Please refer to the relevant university website for details on their APA/IPRS scholarship process and timeframes.


What happens if I am successful in gaining a scholarship?

The D2D CRC will send you a scholarship agreement outlining some requirements relating to confidentiality and engaging with the D2D CRC.  You will then work on your research with your supervisor, other academics and D2D CRC staff providing support as needed.


How is the scholarship paid?

The scholarship is paid to your University, who will provide it to you in accordance with their internal procedures.


To apply, please fill out the attached application form and send it to [email protected] with:

  • A recent academic transcript
  • Your CV
  • A PhD proposal, or cover letter, explaining your research topic

D2D CRC will then review the application with the relevant University supervisor based on the following criteria:

  • Academic merit
  • The relevance of your research topic to the D2D CRC programs
  • Your interest, and / or experience in, defence and national security
  • Your interest, and / or experience in, data analytics, modelling or related field

The next round of applications will close on the 30th of November 2017. The D2D CRC, along with relevant academics, will review each application and contact successful applicants by mid-December.