[ASA] PhD Scholarships at Swinburne

John O'Byrne john.obyrne at sydney.edu.au
Thu Aug 14 14:23:39 AEST 2014

Dear ASA Members,

We would be grateful if you could bring the following to the attention of interested students.

PhD Scholarships at Swinburne University: Expressions of Interest
due early September


The Centre for Astrophysics & Supercomputing (CAS) at Swinburne
University of Technology (Melbourne, Australia) invites
applications for its PhD program and scholarships from Australian and international students.

Expressions of Interest for PhD scholarships beginning in late 2014 are due by Sept. 8th, 2014.

With over 18 research faculty, 17 postdocs and 40 students, CAS offers a vibrant, research-focused and friendly atmosphere where PhD students help conduct - and learn how to lead - cutting-edge research.

CAS has a collaborative agreement with Caltech guaranteeing up to 15 nights per year on the 10-m Keck Telescopes (Hawaii). 
CAS also hosts the GPU-based "gSTAR" - one of Australia's most powerful supercomputers.

Our research strengths cover many areas of astronomy, from
cosmology and the large-scale structure of the Universe, to
quasars and the most distant known galaxies, to clusters and
groups of galaxies, down to our own Milky Way, its structure and fascinating contents: pulsars, neutron stars, globular clusters, stars and planets. We also research 3-D visualisation techniques and applications of advanced scientific computing.

CAS scholarship stipends, with tuition fee waivers, are $25,392 plus a $3,000 top-up per year (tax free) for both Australian and international PhD students. In addition to their scholarship stipend, students are allocated a computer and may access internal research funds for telescope observing trips, conferences etc. Swinburne's Hawthorn campus is situated in a lively, urban setting just minutes by public transport from Melbourne's city centre. Other benefits include thesis publication allowance, standard 4-week p.a. recreation leave plus sick leave (including carer leave), paid maternity (12 weeks) and partner leave entitlements.

For details about postgraduate study at CAS, including available supervisors, PhD topics and how to apply, see

The deadline for Expressions of Interest is Sept. 8th,
2014. Shortlisted applicants will then be invited to discuss PhD projects with possible supervisors well before Swinburne's formal scholarship deadline.

Professor Duncan A. Forbes
Centre for Astrophysics & Supercomputing
Room AR203, Mail H29
Swinburne University, Hawthorn VIC 3122
Ph: +61 3 9214 4392, Fax: +61 3 9214 8797
Web: http://astronomy.swin.edu.au/dforbes

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