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Our PhD Scholarship program offers students funding to work alongside some of the world’s leading quantum researchers and gain industry-ready skills.
Are you considering undertaking a PhD in quantum technology? Applications are now open for Sydney Quantum Academy (SQA) PhD Scholarships. SQA PhD Scholarships provide a competitive stipend of up to AU$35,000 pa, access to career development funding and exclusive benefits.
Undertake research with leading quantum experts at SQA’s partner universities: Macquarie University, UNSW Sydney, the University of Sydney, and the University of Technology Sydney.
Gain access to the SQA PhD Experience Program where you’ll join a growing community of quantum PhD students from across Sydney. Undertake coursework at the four partner universities and benefit from training, seminars and workshops designed to give you a competitive edge in quantum’s future workforce.
Network with the brightest minds in quantum research and enjoy career development opportunities within academia and related industries.
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If you’re excited to pursue a quantum PhD at one of our partner universities, we’ve developed a helpful guide on how to apply. It’s full of important information that you need to know before applying for your SQA PhD Scholarship.
To be eligible for an SQA PhD Scholarship, you need to apply for or be enrolled in a full-time PhD program at an SQA partner university.
SQA PhD Scholarship 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.
The SQA PhD Scholarship program is funded by the New South Wales Government and our four partner universities.
There are 4 streams of SQA PhD Scholarships.
The SQA Primary Scholarship
The SQA Supplementary Scholarship
The SQA Supplementary Extension Scholarship
The SQA PhD Experience Scholarship
For all SQA Scholarships:
For the SQA Primary Scholarship:
For the SQA Supplementary Scholarship:
For the SQA Supplementary Extension Scholarship:
For the SQA PhD Experience Program Scholarship:
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. You may be able to commence your studies overseas if you have support from your supervisor and university, however, you may not be able to start receiving scholarship payments until you arrive in Australia. Please check with your university for further information on offshore commencement.
To be considered, please upload the following documents with your application. This supporting documentation must be contained in a single pdf (not a portfolio).
Please note: Failure to follow the guidelines will lead to your application not being considered.
Applications will be assessed based on:
Consideration will also be given to supervisor capacity, diversity of applicants and the diversity of the proposed supervisors (early to mid-career supervisors and supervisors who identify as women).
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.
Applications will be assessed by researchers and academics within the four partner universities through a competitive assessment process. You should ensure that all information conveyed in your application can be understood by someone within and outside your sub-discipline.