CSIRO Next Generation Quantum Graduates Program (NGQGP) – PhD Scholarship Opportunities

As part of the CSIRO Next Generation Quantum Graduates Program (NGQGP), multiple PhD scholarships are available for domestic students to study with ARC Centre of Excellence in Quantum Biotechnology (QUBIC) researchers and their industry partners on projects spanning quantum physics, biophysics, biology, chemistry and the humanities.

QUBIC students do research at the interface of quantum technologies and life science to drive innovation across manufacturing, clean energy, agriculture, health and national security.

Two female researchers in a photonics laboratory.Highlights

Coursework duration: 11 weeks
Degree Type: Research Doctorate (PhD)
Research duration: 3.5 years (full-time)
Industry placement: 6 months
Stipend rate (p.a.)1: AUD$41.650
Training (p.a): AUD$5,0002
Travel (total): AUD $5,000
Thesis allowance (total): AUD$840

  1. Two per cent indexation will be applied to stipends for PhD students at the beginning of each Financial Year.
  2. PhD training allowance is $5,000 per year for three years only.

Industry placement

The CSIRO Next Generation Quantum Graduates Program (NGQGP) includes a 6-month internship with a QUBIC industry partner, and professional development training program delivered alongside the PhD. Our partners include: CSIRO, Orica, Elemental Instruments, University of Surrey (UK), Silanna, University of Victoria (Canada), Ulm University (Germany), Q-CTRL, Evident, Intelligent Imaging, University of Exeter (UK).

How to apply

Students are invited to email a cover, letter, CV, and transcripts to QUBIC Chief Investigators directly to express their interest in research project opportunities as part of the CSIRO Next Generation Quantum Graduates Program (NGQGP). Applications close: Sunday, April 7, 2024. Chief investigators (grouped by University):

The University of Queensland – Scholarship portal

University of Wollongong

The University of Melbourne

Finders University

University of Technology Sydney


To be eligible for a scholarship as part of the CSIRO Next Generation Quantum Graduates Program (NGQGP), applicants must be domestic students as per the Higher Education Support Act at the time of award. Domestic students include:

  1. Australian citizens
  2. Australian permanent residents
  3. a person entitled to stay in Australia, or to enter and stay in Australia, without any limitation as to time
  4. a New Zealand citizen


The ARC Centre of Excellence in Quantum Biotechnology (QUBIC) is the first national Centre globally at the interface of quantum and biological science. We aim to create a unique, vibrant, multidisciplinary environment for transformational, collaborative research at the very cutting edge.

The Centre has nodes at The University of Queensland, The University of Melbourne, the University of Technology Sydney, the University of Wollongong and Flinders University.

Our research program and methodology are designed to be deeply interdisciplinary, bringing our team together for major impact.

About the CSIRO Next Generation Graduate Program

The Next Generation Graduates Programs provide students opportunities to collaborate with universities and subject specialists nation-wide. Students will engage with a national cohort of peers from diverse disciplines, sharing their individual research and contribute to a larger multi-disciplinary solution addressing real-world challenges. This cohort-driven learning approach fosters critical thinking, develops cross-cutting skills, and encourages collaborative solutions. With 500 generous scholarships available nation-wide, the program is paving the way for the future tech specialists to revolutionise the industry.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

QUBIC is committed to improving equity, diversity, and inclusion within our Centre, at our partner institutions and in the wider quantum biotechnology community. Our goal is to provide a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment which allows all our members to achieve success, and to feel respected and supported. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, including those without a traditional science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) background.