Admissions and scholarships

If you are interested in undertaking an honours or graduate degree at the Centre of Excellence you should first identify who within the centre you wish to work with, our Graduate and Honours Opportunities and Team pages are a good start to see the different areas of interest of our researchers.  Please do not email all researchers in the centre, contact only those whose areas of research interest you.

Please complete our Graduate Opportunites Expression of Interest (EOI). Note- this EOI will be used to assess if you have the background suitable to undertake graduate studies in climate science, and if you would be competitive for a scholarship. It is not an official application, if your expression of interest is accepted you will still need to apply for admission and scholarship to one of our universities.

PhD top-up scholarships - $10,000 top-ups for Maths and Physics graduates

A major challenge confronting our centre, and similar centres around the world, is the lack of outstanding students undertaking PhDs in the development of the parameterizations used in weather and climate system models.

To help address this, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science offers at least 3 x $10,000 PhD top-ups for students who are successful in gaining Australian government PhD scholarships embarking on a PhD that is focused specifically on climate or weather model development. Most likely, this will be focused on clouds and convection, or land surface processes or physical ocean modeling.

A PhD of this kind is extremely challenging. You most likely will have a first class honours or Masters degree in Mathematics or Physics, or these will form a significant part of your degree. Applicants with other quantitative backgrounds should contact us to see if they are likely eligible.

You may be based at any university in the ARC Centre of Excellence although this will depend on where Centre expertise is focused.

For more information contact Graduate Director, Dr Melissa Hart (melissa.hart@unsw.edu.au).

Joint PhDs

There are opportunities for Centre of Excellence PhD students to undertake a PhD across two of our five universities. Candidates would be admitted at both institutions, would spend time at both institutions and would graduate with a PhD degree jointly awarded by both institutions. If you are interested in a joint PhD you should discuss if this option is suited to your proposed project with your supervisor prior to applying for admission. At the moment joint PhDs are only available for domestic students (Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents).  If you have questions about the joint PhD program contact Melissa Hart.

Honours admissions

The Centre of Excellence may provide Honours scholarships for outstanding students, for more information, click here.

Honours is a one year addendum to a 3-year undergraduate degree. You do not need to undertake your honours year at the same university where you completed your 3-year degree. Honours is an opportunity to develop your capacity for critical thinking and independent research. The honours year will consist of a research project culminating in the writing of a thesis. Any coursework component of an honours year will differ depending on university.

Students who have completed an honours year are generally considered more employable by industry. An excellent honours degree may also meet one of the minimum requirements for admission to a PhD. For details on how to undertake honours within the Centre of Excellence you may contact one of our researchers whose research interests you, or contact our Graduate Director Melissa Hart.

You will need to apply for honours through one of our five universities.

Honours program and admissions procedures for:

Graduate admissions and scholarships

You will need to apply for admission to a graduate research program through one of our five universities.

Details of admissions and scholarship application procedures for:

There are a variety of scholarships available to help fund your living expenses, and in the case of international students, tuition fees whilst you undertake postgraduate studies. For outstanding students, the Centre may offer top-ups above the rates funded via scholarships.

Scholarships available for domestic students

Note: Domestic students include Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents.

Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)

Closing Dates:

  • UNSW-Two rounds: May 23, 2014 (for semester 2, 2014 start); October,  2014 (for semester 1, 2015 start)
  • UMelb- One round: October 31, 2014
  • Monash- Two rounds: May 31, 2014 (for semester 2, 2014 start); October, 2014 (for semester 1, 2015 start)
  • ANU- One round: October 31, 2014
  • UTAS- Accepts applications year-round.

You will need to apply for an APA directly through the university you are applying for admission. Students generally need to have a first class honours degree, or equivalent to be competitive for APAs. The scholarship covers a living stipend, relocation allowance for relocation from within Australia or New Zealand and a thesis allowance for costs associated with producing your thesis.

For further information about the Australian Postgraduate Award, click here.

Scholarships available for international students

Note: There may be additional scholarships available through individual universities or through your home country.

International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS)

Closing Dates

  • UNSW- Two rounds: February 28th (for semester 2, 2014 start); ~ September, 2014 (for semester 1, 2015 start)
  • UMelb- One round: August 31, 2014
  • Monash- Two rounds: May 31st, 2014 (for semester 2, 2014 start); October 31, 2014 (for semester 1, 2015 start)
  • ANU- One round: August 31, 2014
  • UTAS- Accepts applications year-round.

IPRS are open to all international applicants (except New Zealand citizens) and cover tuition fees and provide a living expenses stipend.  You will need to apply for an IPRS through the university you are applying for admission. IPRS are very difficult to get; you will need to have a first class honours degree, and/or a Research Masters with the equivalent of a first class to be competitive.  Prizes, research experience and publications are also taken into account.

For further information about the International Postgraduate Research Scholarship, click here.

Endeavour Postgraduate Award

Closing Date:

  • June 30th

Endeavour Postgraduate Awards are merit-based scholarships available to students in the Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. The scholarships cover tuition fees, a living stipend, travel allowance and establishment costs. Applicants must apply for and be admitted to a postgraduate program before applying for the scholarship. Applications are made directly through the Endeavour Awards website.

To be eligible for an Endeavour Postgraduate Award you must be a citizen or permanent resident of a participating country. You may not be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or a New Zealand citizen.

For further information about the Endeavour Postgraduate Award, including eligible countries and details of the application process, click here.

AusAID Development Scholarships

Closing Date:

  • Differs depending on country of residence.

AusAID development scholarships provide opportunities for students from developing countries to undertake full-time study at Australian universities. The scholarships cover tuition fees, a living stipend, travel allowance and establishment costs. Application processes and closing dates differ depending on your country of citizenship/residency. Each participating country has a list of priority areas for awarding scholarships. It is worth noting that many countries list climate change as one of their priorities.

For further information about the AusAID Development Scholarship, including participating countries and details of the application process, click here.

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