Playford Trust / Defence Science and Technology Group PhD Scholarship 2023

The Playford Trust offers three PhD Scholarships in collaboration with the Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG).

Under the leadership of the Chief Defence Scientist, the DSTG is the Australian Government’s lead agency dedicated to providing science and technology support for the Australian Defence Force. After the CSIRO, the DSTG is Australia’s largest publicly funded science agency.

Scholarship recipients may be offered work experience such as summer jobs, internships, site visits, and attendance at in-house seminars. The Department of Defense will speak directly with scholarship recipients about any potential work experience.

The scholarships are meant to supplement an existing Australian Government Research Training Program Stipend Scholarship (RTPS) or a comparable institutional PhD stipend scholarship.

Students must be conducting research at The University of Adelaide, Flinders University, or the University of South Australia in one of the following Defence priority areas:

  • Space and defence technology
  • Health sciences and enabling technologies

Students must be starting their PhD in the scholarship year or have started their PhD no earlier than August of the previous year.

The Trust will consider an application for a time extension if progress has been made and appropriate support has been received from the university and the PhD supervisor. Such an extension is not automatically approved.

Brief Description

  • Type: Phd
  • Organisation: Flinders University
  • Country to study: Australia
  • School to study: Flinders University
  • Course to study: View courses
  • Gender: Men and Women
  • Application Deadline: January 20, 2023

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About the Flinders University

Flinders University is a South Australian public university. It was named after navigator Matthew Flinders, who explored and surveyed the South Australian coastline in the early nineteenth century.

Flinders is a verdant university[citation needed] and a member of the Innovative Research Universities (IRU) Group, ranking 10-16 in Australia and 36th in the world among those established less than 50 years. Academically, the university pioneered a multidisciplinary approach to education, and its faculties of medicine and humanities are among the top ten in the country.

Scholarship Benefit

The scholarships are worth $35,000 and will be paid at a rate of $10,000 per year for three and a half years.

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Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be:

  • ready to start a PhD at The University of Adelaide, Flinders University, or The University of South Australia in one of the Defence priority areas – space and defense technology, or health sciences and enabling technologies


  • primarily supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program Stipend Scholarship (RTPS) or a comparable institutional PhD stipend scholarship. The Trust requires a copy of the letter of confirmation before the scholarship can be awarded.


  • a South Australian resident and Australian citizen


  • intending to spend a significant portion of their career in South Australia or who are likely to benefit the State


  • a high achiever with an outstanding undergraduate record


  • of good character. Students with demonstrated leadership potential will be given priority.

DSTG is committed to gender equity and inclusion and welcomes applications from all qualified students.

The applicant’s supervisor or an academic referee (e.g., dean of school/faculty, or lecturer) must provide a supporting comment about the student’s achievements, character, and leadership potential.

As part of the application process, the student must disclose any other awards or scholarships he or she holds.

How to apply

For more details, visit Flinders University website.


Application Deadline

January 20, 2023

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