First listed on: 09 July 2018

CSIRO Undergraduate Vacation Scholarships - Data61

  • Work with the organisation that invented WiFi!
  • Get hands-on research experience
  • Apply for a Data61 CSIRO Vacation Scholarship today

Data61 CSIRO vacation scholarships run over the Australian summer holidays and offer high achieving university students the opportunity to collaborate with leading Data61 CSIRO researchers and innovators.

Students have the chance to work on real world projects with real world applications. Placements are full time from between 19 November 2018 and 15 February 2019 (although there may be some flexibility around dates).

CSIRO is a research organisation that has changed the world in which we live. Our greatest hits include the invention of WiFi, plastic banknotes and Aerogard (because who likes mosquitoes anyway?!). Our thirst for innovation is thriving. Data61 CSIRO is Australia’s leading data innovation network and our mission is to forge Australia’s place as a leader in our data-driven future. Check out some of our current projects on roboticssocial mediacyber-security and natural disaster management.

View our website for more information.

Projects:          Data61 has 40 projects available, for details please see the project list (link to Excel file)

Location:          Various (refer to list of projects above for specific details)

Scholarship:    $1,536.81 per fortnight

Reference:       57788


To be eligible to apply you must be an Australian or New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or an international student who has full work rights for the 8 to 12 weeks duration (does not require visa sponsorship).

Vacation scholarships are open to students who:

  • are currently enrolled at an Australian university;
  • have completed at least three years of a full-time undergraduate course (however exceptional second year students may be considered);
  • have a strong academic record (credit average or higher); and
  • Intend to go on to honours and/or postgraduate study.

How to apply:

You will be required to:

  1. select your top 2 preferred research projects in order of preference;
  2. submit a resume/cover letter (as one document) which includes:
    • the reasons why the research project/s you have selected are of interest to you; and how your previous skills/knowledge and experience meets the project requirements; and
    • an outline of your longer-term career aspirations and detail how this program will help you achieve them.
  3. upload your academic results in the ‘Requested Information’ field.

If you experience difficulties applying online call 1300 984 220 and someone will be able to assist you. Outside business hours please email:

About CSIRO: The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is Australia’s national science agency. At CSIRO we shape the future. We do this by using science to solve real issues. Our research makes a difference to industry, people and the planet. Find out more at

Applications close on: Monday 6 August 2018

For selection documentation
and details on how to apply visit or call 1300 984 220

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