SQA PhD scholarships provide successful candidates with an opportunity to work with leading researchers.

Candidates will undertake their PhD studies at one of the SQA partner universities: Macquarie University, UNSW Sydney, the University of Sydney, and University of Technology Sydney.

There are two scholarship streams.

  • SQA Primary PhD Scholarships are available for domestic and international applicants with an outstanding track record of academic achievement and research potential. Successful candidates will undertake a full-time PhD program in quantum technology at one of the four partner universities.
  • SQA Supplementary PhD Scholarships are available for excellent applicants currently undertaking a full-time PhD program in quantum technology at one of the four partner universities.

Potential supervisors can be searched on our Sydney Quantum Experts directory. Browse here

SQA will monitor government travel restrictions around COVID-19. Consideration will be given where delays are unavoidable.

We encourage applicants based overseas to apply. If you are based overseas, and not currently an Australian resident or holder of a permanent resident visa, your application will be considered. However, any offer will be dependent on the border restrictions in place by the Australian Government in response to COVID-19.

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SQA Primary PhD Scholarship

  • The SQA PhD Scholarship provides a stipend of AU$35,000 per annum for a maximum duration of four years. An additional AU$5,000 per annum will be provided for career development.
  • Student tuition, health cover and visa fees will be waived for successful international applicants.

SQA Supplementary PhD Scholarship

  • Open to any PhD candidate commencing or within the first year of their PhD program. You must also already hold a primary PhD stipend of AU$33,000 or less.
  • The SQA Supplementary PhD Scholarship covers the difference between the value of your primary stipend and the SQA Primary PhD Scholarship for the remaining duration of your primary stipend.
  • If your primary PhD stipend is funded for less than four years, you will be provided with an SQA Primary PhD scholarship of AU$35,000 pro rata to extend your candidature (maximum PhD duration of four years).

All scholarship holders are expected to participate in and complete the SQA PhD Experience Program as per the SQA PhD Scholarship Conditions of Award.

  • Scholarships are open to Australian citizens, permanent residents, and international applicants.
  • You are expected to apply for or be enrolled in a full-time PhD program at an SQA partner university. PhD projects must be in a field related to quantum technology. Please note you will not be offered an SQA PhD scholarship unless you are enrolled in this program in time to commence the scholarship.
  • You must have the support of an academic staff member at one of the partner universities. To assist you in your application, potential supervisors can be searched on our Sydney Quantum Experts directory. Browse here

To be considered, please upload the following documents with your application. This supporting documentation must be contained in a single pdf (not a portfolio).

  • Project proposal
  • Academic transcript(s)
  • CV
  • Any other information supporting your application

Please read the SQA PhD Scholarship Application Guidelines carefully before applying.

Please note: Failure to follow the guidelines will lead to your application not being considered.

Applications are assessed to ensure you meet academic and research standards.

The assessment criteria are:

  • academic merit
  • academic and professional expertise
  • research potential and alignment with SQA objectives
  • potential for industry engagement.

The SQA PhD Scholarship selection committee assesses applications through a competitive assessment process. Members of the selection committee are researchers and academics within the four partner universities.

You should ensure that all information conveyed in your application can be understood by someone within and outside your sub-discipline.

The SQA encourages applications from women, Indigenous Australians, applicants with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with disability, and from those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applicants to include this information as part of their applications.

Please read the SQA PhD Scholarship Conditions of Award before submitting your application.

The SQA PhD Scholarship program is funded by the New South Wales Government and our four partner universities.

Given the current uncertainty due to COVID-19, please re-visit this site regularly for updated information.


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