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AINSE Residential Student Scholarship

This scholarship will open on 15 April 2022.

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Enrolment status
Current UQ student
Student type
Domestic, International
Study level
Postgraduate research (HDR)
Study area
Engineering, Health and Medicine, Science and Mathematics
Scholarship focus
Academic excellence, Accommodation
Funding type
Top-up, Travel
Scholarship value
$8,250 per annum, plus travel and accommodation allowance
Number awarded
May vary
Applications open
15 April 2022
Applications close
31 May 2022

About this scholarship

The Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE Ltd.) is an integral organisation for enhancing Australia’s and New Zealand’s capabilities in nuclear science, engineering, and related research fields by facilitating world-class research and education.

The Residential Student Scholarship (RSS) is for students who will need to stay at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) facilities for a period averaging no less than 6 months per year.

Research topics must closely align with ANSTO’s research programmes:

  • environment
  • human health
  • nuclear fuel cycle
  • defence and space Industries
  • fusion. 

Opportunities may also exist for postgraduate students interested in fusion research that aligns with ANSTO and ITER activities.


You're eligible if:

  • you're enrolled in a postgraduate research degree at an AINSE Member University and receiving an APA/RTP scholarship or equivalent
  •  your research project will use the ANSTO facilities and expertise for an average of 6 months per year.

ANSTO Research Capabilities and Facilities Guide

How to apply

Before you apply:

Apply online through the AINSE website.


Selection criteria

PhD project topic closely aligns with any of the strategic focus areas for ANSTO’s research programmes: The Environment; Human Health; Nuclear Fuel Cycle, Defence and Space Industries and Fusion.


RSS student must be onsite at an ANSTO facility (at Lucas Heights, Camperdown and/or Clayton).

The AINSE scholarship will be held at the nominating university, however the student will be required to spend a significant period of not less than, on average, 6 months per year (can be a block or time or separate visitation), attached to ANSTO, for the purpose of receiving training, working with researchers and using these facilities in connection with the approved research project.

It is expected that the university will appoint a suitably qualified member of staff from ANSTO as a co-supervisor of the project.