AINSE Residential Student Scholarship


Enrolment status Currently enrolled students
Student type Domestic students, International students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Engineering and Computing, Health and Behavioural Sciences, Medicine
HDR funding type Top-up Scholarship, Travel Scholarship
Scholarship value $7,500 per annum, in addition to up to A$5,000 per annum travel and accommodation allowance


Check back here for 2021 opening dates.

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 ANSTO facilities for a period averaging no less than 6 months per year.

Research topics must closely align with ANSTO’s research programmes: The Environment, Human Health, the Nuclear Fuel Cycle, Defence and Space Industries, and Fusion.  In addition, opportunities may also exist for postgraduate students interested in fusion research that aligns with ANSTO and ITER activities.


Eligible students will be enrolled in an postgraduate research degree at an AINSE Member University and receiving an APA/RTP scholarship or equivalent.

The research project must require the use of ANSTO’s facilities and expertise for an average of 6 months per year.

Before you get started

If this scholarship has rules, download and read them.

How to apply

To apply for the RSS Scholarship, contact your AINSE Councillor and establish a connection with an appropriate ANSTO co-supervisor on the instrument you will be using for your research. 

You must submit your Expression of Interest to prior to the submission deadline.

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.


Graduate School

Terms and conditions

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.

The Terms & Conditions and an ANSTO Capabilities & Facilities Guide can be found on the AINSE website: