First listed on: 21 February 2023

ANU-CSIRO Digital Agriculture PhD Scholarship


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  • Are you passionate about the future of agriculture?
  • Want to kick-start your career on a PhD project that addresses industry challenges?
  • Apply for the ANU-CSIRO Digital Agriculture PhD Scholarship!

Agriculture of the future will be digitally integrated at all stages of the value-chain, from understanding genetics and real-time monitoring of on-farm conditions, through to transport logistics and traceability. CSIRO and ANU are partnering to offer exciting opportunities for PhD students to work with scientists and engineers at the cutting edge of research using information science to address industry challenges, in the agricultural sector.

Students will work alongside leading research scientists and engineers in first-class facilities and will also have access to professional development opportunities to enhance their career development while building industry relevant skills and working on real-world problems.

The Digital Agriculture PhD Supplementary Scholarship is a top-up award supporting outstanding PhD candidates in science, engineering or technology where the focus of their research is on a collaborative project between CSIRO and ANU in the field of information science relevant to agriculture. Go to the Centre for Entrepreneurial Agri-Technology website to find out more about this Award and to express your interest.

Project topics

Below is a list of topics currently available under this scholarship program. Further information on the topics can be found at:

  • Developing cutting-edge tools for 3D reconstruction of plant architecture
  • Nutrient balance strategies to build soil carbon in farming systems
  • Developing a low-cost digital crop monitoring system
  • Sensing the next step change in water productivity in dryland agriculture
  • AI-powered monitoring of livestock health and welfare using multimodal sensor data 
  • Digital representation of smell for food manufacturing process optimisation
  • Exploring crop performance through optimisation in multiple dimensions

Scholarship: $15,000 per annum top-up scholarship, plus a Research Support Allowance of $5,000 to fund incidentals including professional development and research-related travel (with approval)

Tenure: 3 years. One six-month extension may be possible with approval.

Eligibility and Assessment criteria

Detailed eligibility requirements and assessment criteria are available at:

Contact:  Send an email to the CEAT Executive Officer at before 27 March to receive supervisor details and to request an expression of interest form.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted to ANU. Applicants should refer to the following website for details on how to apply:

To be eligible to apply for this top-up Award, students must have applied for or be the recipient of a base PhD scholarship from the ANU and be completing an approved project.

More information on base scholarships is available at:

Key dates

EOI close: 27 March 2023

EOI outcomes notified: 7 April 2023

ANU base scholarship applications close: 15 April 2023

Digital Ag Supplementary Scholarships Applications close: 16 April 2023

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