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Launch your Space Career – Higher Degree Research Scholarships

Applications Now Open

SmartSat invites expressions of interest for higher degrees by research (PhD) scholarships. Successful candidates will need to be enrolled with one of our university partners and will work on applied R&D which align with our research programs.

SmartSat values diversity and inclusion and is committed to providing equal HDR scholarship opportunities to those of all backgrounds and identities.

Priority R&D Topics

  • Trusted Autonomous Satellite Operations
    • Advanced Autonomy and/or Embodied Intelligence
    • Distributed and Cooperative Architectures
    • Situational Awareness and Health Assessment
    • Interactions, scheduling and execution
    • Explainable AI for Satellite Operations
  • Secure Software for Space Systems
    • Security and Resilience for space and communication systems
  • Dynamic Payloads for Communications and Earth Observation
    • Optical Communications
    • RF Communications
    • Earth Observation
  • Space Systems Research
    • Onboard analytics
    • Data Fusion
    • Remote and in-situ sensing
    • Modelling and simulation of space systems

In addition to the above, topics looking to apply the research the following application areas will be viewed favourably:

  • Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Mining and Resources
  • Disaster and Emergency Management
  • Water and Environmental Management
  • Defence and National Security

Visit our Research Programs page for more information on our research topics.


Generous full scholarships or top-up scholarship stipends will be offered to suitably qualified applicants of PhD by Research programs.


Scholarships are available for Australian residents. Non-residents will be considered, subject to project-specific requirements. Applicants should have a first-class honours degree or equivalent in a related discipline, e.g., electronic/computer engineering.

SmartSat values diversity and inclusion and is committed to ensuring scholarship opportunities are not limited by socio-economic background, race, religion or gender. SmartSat actively encourages applications from women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and candidates from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.


All students within the SmartSat education and training program become valuable members of SmartSat, and will benefit from:

  • professional development opportunities through conference series and networking events
  • access to industry training and mentoring programs
  • being part of an organisation that links research and industry
  • generous internship opportunities with industry and end-user partners to enable both academic and industry-based research experience.

How to Apply

Please contact [email protected] for application form and submission deadlines.