Study with CRCs

If you are thinking about postgraduate study, you’ll also be thinking about postgraduate work.

A third of PhD-trained researchers in Australia work in industry but this proportion is set to boom during your career (in the US it’s more like two-thirds).

If you are thinking about further study, give some thought to where you’ll end up working and consider training through a Cooperative Research Centre (CRC).

CRCs give you industry experience and the chance to work on the major challenges facing Australia.

Scholarship opportunities at CRCs


Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRCACE CRC

The Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC and its partners are committed to educating the climate change, oceanography, polar and ecology researchers of tomorrow. ACE offers the opportunity for multidisciplinary research in Hobart, Tasmania, a key hub of marine and polar research, both nationally and internationally.

At ACE you will be able to undertake important research that is translated into tangible outputs for uptake by governments, industry and the community. Our research makes a difference.

See our potential research projects here:


Capital Markets CRC

Exciting Research & Opportunities for International Travel

Scholarship positions are available in London, Paris, Toronto, Washington DC, Hong Kong, Singapore, Melbourne and Sydney.

Research is industry-sponsored, and involves the placement of research students with high profile industry partners, access to quality data and supervision from prominent academics. Topics include market design, market behavior, investment management, trading, surveillance, compliance and data mining.

Successful applicants will have completed an Honors or Master’s degree from an internationally recognised university and display strong academic and practical skills in finance, information technology or related disciplines such as actuarial studies, statistics, econometrics and applied mathematics. Applications are sought from Australian and New Zealand permanent residents or from international students eligible for an Australian student visa.

About us

The Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre, based in Sydney, is a $100m facility, backed by the Australian Federal Government, which involves the collaboration of leading Australian universities, domestic and international industry partners and the NSW Government. Founded in 2001, the CMCRC is dedicated to applied research that develops new technologies that enhance capital market integrity and efficiency.

The CMCRC’s research is supported by security exchanges, and regulators in Australia, the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, Europe, and North America. Students are based both in Australia and overseas and have opportunity to travel. The CMCRC provides an exciting, high caliber, and well-resourced research environment for work in capital markets.

Apply now!

The scholarship application form and details are available at:


Dairy Futures CRCDairy Futures CRC

Dairy Futures Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) is a large-scale partnership between dairy farmers, pasture & cattle breeding companies, government & researchers. Dairy Futures CRC is developing genetic technologies that will be used on farms to improve the productivity & sustainability of the Australian Dairy industry. These innovations will bring health benefits to consumers & will boost Australia’s economy. Project areas include plant molecular genetics, animal genomics, metabolomics, computational biology, bioinformatics, economic modeling, functional genomics, phenomics, mathematics, computer science, molecular breeding. Opportunities include: generous stipend up to $27,600, research with direct industry application, travel to local and international conferences, professional training in communication skills, research commercialisation, career development.

A limited number of full scholarships is available through a competitive application process. Top-up scholarships are available for successful applicants who already hold a scholarship.

To apply contact the Education Manager Belinda Griffiths on [email protected] or call (03) 9032 7187.


Invasive Animals CRCInvasive Animals CRC

“Linking quality research with excellent students”

Imagine working on your doctorate in the stimulating and supportive intellectual environment of a leading Australian or overseas university with four years’ funding support, compared to the usual three years.

Your PhD research will work with cutting-edge technology and achieve practical solutions to a real $1 billion research problem.  Invasive animals damage the Australian environment and reduce agricultural productivity.

Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre (IA CRC) PhD scholarships are the only Australian PhD scholarship that offer a total of four years funding as well as additional specialised training that provides successful PhDs with a marketing advantage over others in the marketplace.

PhD opportunities within the IA CRC

  • innovative research projects supervised by leading researchers
  • 19 PhDs are being offered in innovative research projects covering ecology, virology, molecular biology, natural resource modelling, sociology, socio-economics and herbivore fertility control
  • 2012 level AUD$30,728 tax-free annually, inclusive of $7,000 top-up and indexed annually
  • four-year scholarship, enabling PhDs to conduct longer-term studies and to undertake customised additional skills training
  • targeted additional training (Balanced Researcher Program) which will give you the edge in your future career.

In the IA CRC, postgraduate students are embedded with research projects that contribute both to the IA CRC’s operational targets and real world invasive animal problems. The IA CRC links research with end-users resulting in student research having a greater impact on the agricultural and environmental management sector.  Projects will be supported financially and logistically by IA CRC research programs.

With industry support, IA CRC mentoring and more skills training than their PhD peers, we expect our postgraduates to be highly competitive in the job market and to become the research leaders of the future.

These projects offer a choice of locations across Australia, as well as opportunities to work overseas.  International students are encouraged to apply, however acceptance may depend on the policies regarding international students at the enrolling universities.

Details of the IA CRC research projects, PhD scholarships and Balanced Researcher Program are available at

Applications for study commencing in 2013 close on 17 August 2012. Some projects can start mid-2012 but these applications would have to be in by early May.

Further enquiries to Dr Tony Buckmaster [email protected]


Low Carbon Living CRCCRC for Low Carbon Living

Do you have a passion for sustainability and an interest in contributing towards the development of tools, knowledge, techniques and technologies for a low-carbon built environment?

The CRC for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL) is offering scholarships for PhD and Masters by Research.

For Australian students, these scholarships are valued at $65,000 over two years for Masters and $95,000 over three years for PhD students to help complete your studies. International applications and top-up awards will also be considered. Scholarship positions are available in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.

The CRC for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL) is a national research and innovation hub that supports Australian industry to be globally competitive in the low carbon built environment sector. It brings together property, planning, engineering and policy organisations with leading Australian researchers. CRCLCL develops new social, technological and policy tools for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the built environment.

Please contact the CRCLCL Education Leader, Denny McGeorge or Sara Fagir to find out more on how you could improve your expertise and career with a CRCLCL research degree.

For more details please visit


CRC for Mental HealthCRC for Mental Health

Are you interested in researching Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia or mood disorders?

The Cooperative Research Centre for Mental Health undertakes research into the early detection and treatment of these neurodegenerative diseases and psychoses. Our main research focus is on discovering biomarkers which can assist in diagnosing these diseases before the onset of mental decline. The CRC is committed to working with health care professionals to ensure our research is integrated into medical and health care practices. We offer a range of research projects which relate to biomarker discovery and its translation into clinical application.

The CRC for Mental Health is a research consortium comprised of twenty different organisations including universities, research organisations, industry, clinical end users and philanthropic organisations.

Top-up scholarships are available for postgraduate students working on approved research projects at the University of Melbourne, the University of Western Australia and Edith Cowan University.

For more details please see



CRCMining has a vibrant postgraduate and undergraduate education program. Research is conducted on commercially viable projects to tackle the technical challenges facing CRCMining industry members.


Scholarships for undergraduate vacation work and internships are open to talented honours students.

Scholarships for both Masters and PhD higher research degrees are generous and available to high calibre, suitably qualified Mining, Electrical, Mechanical or Mechatronic graduates.

Graduate Program

The Centre conducts a Graduate Program every year, where high calibre graduates undertake work within the Centre to prepare them for a career in mining R&D.

Find out more at


Oral Health CRCOral Health CRC

Want to work on:

  • Preventing oral cancer?
  • Promoting oral health?
  • Using biochemistry to prevent tooth decay?
  • Vaccine development for gum disease?
  • Bacterial biofilms?

Consider a postgraduate course with the Oral Health CRC. Scholarships are available for students at Participant Universities. For more information please visit


CRC for PolymersCRC for Polymers

The Cooperative Research Centre for Polymers is offering scholarships for leading-edge research in the areas of polymer science and engineering. The range of research conducted within the Centre is broad and includes polymer chemistry, polymer physics, materials science, materials engineering, chemical engineering, biomedical engineering, and related disciplines. It impacts on the biotechnology, energy, manufacturing, and agricultural sectors of the economy.

The CRC for Polymers brings together researchers from universities in Victoria (Melbourne, Monash, Swinburne), New South Wales (NSW, Newcastle, New England, Wollongong), Queensland (UQ, QUT, Griffith) and Western Australia (UWA); Government research organisations (CSIRO and ANSTO); manufacturing companies (including BASF SE, BlueScope Steel, Mesoblast Ltd, Virbac (Australia) Pty Ltd, and Integrated Packaging); Coliban Region Water Corporation, NSW DPI, Rice Research Australia and Greening Australia Ltd. Scholarship holders will be based at the participating universities and benefit from access to a wide range of equipment and expertise spanning the Centre.

The scholarships are 3 years in duration and are valued at A$30,000 p.a. or A$10,000 p.a. as a supplementary scholarship to holders of an APA (or equivalent) scholarship. Each Scholarship is accompanied by a project support amount of A$8,000 p.a. which is paid to the relevant university. The Centre will also provide scholarship holders with a range of additional training and networking opportunities that will enhance career development.

For further details on the scholarships including a list of supervisors and the application procedure, please visit:


Pork CRC

There has never been a better time to become involved in Australia’s pork industry, with the innovative, well resourced CRC for High Integrity Australian Pork (Pork CRC) now offering honours and postgraduate awards, which pay up to $38,500 per year.

More than $7 million of research and development funding has been allocated by the Pork CRC in 2012/13 to support and develop Australia’s pork industry, which employs 20,000 people and contributes $2.8 billion to Australia’s gross domestic product.

According to Pork CRC CEO, Dr Roger Campbell, those existing Pork CRC projects most likely to support honours and postgraduate students have been identified, including the need for a postgraduate student in Sub Program 1B.

“The successful applicant will study piglet nutrition and management under new housing and weaning systems we’re developing and also enjoy travel and training opportunities with our international collaborators and participants,” he said.

Postgraduate applications are also being sought in Sub Program 4B – optimising the processing of grains to enhance feed efficiency and reduce carbon outputs.

Postgraduate awards, valued at $38,500 per year, comprise $28,500 stipend and $10,000 student development, with $5000 of the development funds held by the Pork CRC for student programs, including travel, training courses.

Pork CRC is also seeking honours students for Program 1 (Confinement-free sow and piglet management),  Program 2 (Herd Health Management), Program 3 (Healthy Pork Consumption) and Program 4 (Carbon conscious nutrient inputs and outputs).

Undergraduate (honours) awards carry a stipend of $10,000, with half paid to the student and half covering operational costs.

Honours awards had generally resulted in excellent scientific and commercial outcomes and the Pork CRC’s active mentoring program incorporated attendance at industry and scientific meetings and training in the science and practice of pork production.

Meanwhile, Australian pork production businesses wanting direct access to the best and brightest young minds are encouraged to consider taking on a Pork CRC supported honours student or post-graduate for three years under the Pork CRC Industry Placement Program, which offers the sponsoring business $35,000 per year for the first two years.

These Industry Placement awards offer students employment with a commercial organisation for at least three years, while they remain actively involved in R&D.

For further details and application forms for Pork CRC honours and postgraduate awards (which close October 15, 2012) and details of the Industry Placement awards, visit the website or contact  Pork CRC Research Manager, Graeme Crook, email [email protected] or Tel 08 8303 7933.


Poultry CRC

Poultry CRC

The Poultry CRC conducts research and drives education and training to help Australia’s poultry industries produce more from less, sustainably.

This requires innovative approaches to:

  • maintaining poultry health and enhancing bird welfare
  • improving resource utilisation and reducing environmental impacts of poultry production
  • controlling poultry product-associated food safety issues and enhancing egg quality for consumers

Postgraduate scholarships are available (at one of the participating universities) for a period of two years for a Masters by research degree or three years for a Doctorate by research degree (PhD). Award holders receive an annual stipend and may also be eligible for other allowances The Poultry CRC postgraduate scholarships are tax-free and are valued at AUD30,000 per annum.

Honours scholarships (1 year in duration ) are also available and are valued at $5000.

We encourage prospective students to either contact us directly or contact potential supervisors at Poultry CRC participating universities. Scholarship applications are reviewed year round.

For more information please visit Poultry CRC Scholarships, or contact the Poultry CRC Education Manager, Liz Roan.


CRC for Remote Economic ParticipationCRC for Remote Economic Participation

About us

The Cooperative Research Centre for Remote Economic Participation (CRC-REP) is focused on delivering solutions to the economic disadvantage that affects remote Australia. Through our research, CRC-REP provides practical responses to the complex issues that can restrict full economic participation.

We are a partnership organisation of more than fifty members. These members include the Australian Government and four state and territory governments, numerous non-government organisations, universities and other research providers, private businesses and industries from mining, pastoralism and tourism. Thirty per cent of our membership comes from Aboriginal organisations and communities.


The CRC for Remote Economic Participation is looking for twenty-four of the nation’s most highly-motivated postgraduates to develop a brighter future for remote Australians.

Between 2011 and 2014 the CRC-REP is committed to training postgraduate students at doctoral, masters and honours level, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander postgraduates.

CRC-REPs research projects have a direct benefit to the jobs, lives, enterprises and communities of remote Australia. Postgraduates students are supported by industry and research mentors, and are provided will numerous professional learning opportunities.

Apply now!

Details of the research projects and scholarship application details are available at:


CRC for Sheep Industry InnovationSheep CRC

The Sheep CRC is offering scholarships to PhD and Masters degree candidates for research projects at a choice of sites across the CRC network.

Flexible opportunities are also available for industry-based professionals seeking high level research qualifications while maintaining their current profession.

Preference will be given to students intending to enroll at the CRC partner institutions: The University of New England in Armidale, NSW; Deakin University, VIC; Murdoch University, WA; The University of Western Australia; and The University of Tasmania.

The scholarships will provide a tax-free stipend of $30,000 (Masters) or $30,000 (PhD) per annum for two or three years respectively.

The CRC also offers supplementary stipends to students eligible for other government or private agency scholarships, to achieve a stipend total of $30,000.

Applications are welcome year-round and will be assessed bi-annually in competitive rounds.

For more information go to or contact Dr Graham Gardner at Murdoch University
phone 08 9360 2264 or email [email protected].


CRC for Space Environment ManagementSpace Environment Research Centre (SERC)

The CRC for Space Environment Management, administered by the Space Environment Research Centre (SERC), has a strong focus on education and training.

Based at the Mt Stromlo Observatory in Canberra, SERC is overseeing four Research Programs whose main objectives include:

* promoting the advancement of the safety and security of Australia and the Australian public by addressing the challenges of space environment management which directly impact Australia’s economy and national security (including but not limited to space debris management, orbital science and technology, space asset management and protection, intelligence, border security and diplomacy;

* pursuing world class scientific research and training relevant to the field;

* increasing the skills of persons already working in the field and to training and equipping new postgraduate and other students with the skills and attributes to continue being productive in the field;

* promoting a managed and cooperative approach to scientific research and education so as to maximise the benefits to Australia and internationally from that scientific research and education.

Offering an attractive combination of university and industry based research, SERC will award:

* postgraduate HDR supplementary (top-up) scholarships up to $15,000 each per annum to high calibre students; and

* One full HDR scholarship to the value of $30,000 per annum to an exceptional student in space research or a related field.

SERC accepts applications year round from students specialising in science and mathematics, physics, engineering, space sciences, space tracking, laser physics, laser engineering, adaptive optics, astrodynamics, atmospheric sciences and related fields.

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