[ASA] RSAA Higher Degree Research information day travel scholarships and Masters Advanced scholarships

Michael Ireland michael.ireland at anu.edu.au
Fri Sep 18 11:14:21 AEST 2015

The Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (RSAA) at the Australian National University (Canberra) calling on prospective students at honours, Masters Advanced and PhD level to apply for a travel scholarship to attend small-group information days during October. The preferred dates are Thursdays/Fridays from 1-2 October to 29-30 October, where you will get the chance to hear about the latest research at RSAA from many of Australia’s top astronomers, discuss potential projects, socialise with current students and tour RSAA and the Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre. Travel scholarship applications received before 24 September will receive full consideration. To apply, please send a description of any previous research experience, your academic transcript and curriculum vitae to masters at anu.edu.au.

RSAA is also in now running the Masters of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Advanced) program.  This Masters Advanced is a new prestigious pathway into a PhD in Astronomy & Astrophysics which can be taken instead of, or in addition to, Honours.  The Masters Advanced is a 2-year advanced coursework masters, which includes 50% coursework and 50% research.  The total time spent on research is one full-time year, spread over two years, and is equivalent to the Masters that is taken before PhD in Europe and the US under the Bologna Model. We believe this kind of program is necessary to give Australian students the breadth and depth to compete internationally. 

We are offering Masters Advanced scholarships with tax-free stipends of AUD$10,000 p.a., and also have a range of PhD scholarships and top-up scholarships available.

RSAA is the premier astronomical research institution in Australia. Our staff and students have access to world-class facilities and instruments such as the Hubble Space Telescope, the Gemini 8m telescopes in Hawaii and Chile, the Keck 10m telescopes in Hawaii, the 6.5m Magellan Telescope in Chile, the Anglo-Australian telescope 4m (AAT), the ANU 2.3m telescope, and radio telescopes based in Australia and overseas. The RSAA has premium access to the Australia’s fastest supercomputers based at the National Computational Infrastructure supercomputing facility in Canberra. 

The Advanced Instrumentation & Technology Centre at the RSAA combines research excellence with technical capability to deliver innovative astronomical instrumentation for ground-based astronomy and small satellites. The RSAA is a partner in the international Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) consortium. In particular, our researchers are designing and building the integral-field spectrograph for the GMT, and have major projects underway using adaptive optics for space situational awareness (http://www.serc.org.au).

For more information, see: http://rsaa.anu.edu.au/study. 

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