CSIRO Alumni 2020 Scholarship in Physics

Published in the Research School of Physics Event Horizon
Vol44 Issue40 7–11 October 2019

Dear Colleagues,


On behalf of Dr Robert J Steele, Chair, NSW Chapter CSIRO Alumni, applications for the CSIRO Alumni 2020 Scholarship in Physics are now open. This year’s travel award has been increased to $6000.  All applications must be received before 29th November 2019.


If you know of anyone who would like to apply for the Scholarship please pass this email on to them.

for more information visit: https://www.alumni.csiro.au/s/activities-alumni-scholarship


The CSIRO Alumni Scholarship in Physics aims to connect the brightest young physicists or mathematicians to a leading research centre overseas or in Australia. Research in physics and mathematics is fundamental for Australia's future. The founders of this scholarship know that early experience in leading overseas laboratories greatly benefits Australian research and the graduate.


The award

The CSIRO Alumni 2020 Scholarship in Physics will be a postgraduate travel scholarship, which will be used to fund travel costs to visit and/or conduct research in an overseas or interstate institution such as a University or research establishment of international standing in the field of proposed research. 

The scholarship will be up to a minimum of $6000.


Application process, criteria and conditions

Applications are open in October 2018 and close on the 4th January 2018.

A selection panel will assess all applications that meet the Application criteria.

The selection panel will comprise of four distinguished physicists and the Chair of the CSIRO Alumni NSW Chapter.

Expressions of interest must be submitted via an Application Form.


Application criteria

The proposed research should principally be in the fields of physics or closely related topics.

The following fields will be favourably considered:

Environmental Physics    


Optics, Photonics and Lasers

Condensed matter, Materials and Surfaces Physics

Quantum Information, Concepts & Coherence

Atomic and Molecular Physics

Nuclear & Particle Physics

Biomedical Physics

Plasma Physics

Acoustics, Music and Ultrasonics

Solar, Terrestrial and Space Physics

Astronomy & Astrophysics

Complex systems, Computational & Mathematical Physics

Relativity & Gravitation

Energy, Energy Materials and Energy Systems


This scholarship is awarded based on the quality of their undergraduate degree and the alignment to Australian research.

Letter of support from the host University or institute is required.

The applicant is required to state that they are able to travel.


Eligibility of students applying

To be eligible for consideration, the applicant must be:

An Australian citizen or Permanent Resident

Students who have completed their Undergraduate degree and enrolled into a higher science degree at an Australian University.


Conditions of the scholarship

The successful applicant is to use the scholarship to fund travel costs to visit and/or conduct research in a University or research establishment of international standing in the field of proposed research

The Scholarship will be $6000

The scholarship travel must be commenced before December of the year awarded (2020)

The successful applicant is expected to submit a brief written report on the outcomes of their research visit within three months of their return to Australia

If feasible the successful applicant will attend and give a short talk at a CSIRO Alumni meeting.


Major sponsor

We thank our major sponsor, Laboratories Credit Union, for their continuing support.