Applications are now open for Sydney Quantum Academy (SQA) PhD Scholarships, offering a competitive stipend of up to AU$35,000 p.a. to undertake research at one of our world-leading partner universities including the University of Sydney, Macquarie University, UNSW Sydney, and the University of Technology Sydney.  

Applications for the current round close on 5 May with a second round due to open later in 2021.  

Recipients gain access to the SQA PhD Experience Program, to join a growing community of quantum PhD students and leaders from across Sydney.  

Students undertake coursework at the four partner universities and benefit from career development training, seminars, and workshops designed to provide a competitive edge in quantum’s future workforce. 

PhD Scholarship candidate studying at UTS, Fabio Henriques, says one of the things they value most about the SQA Scholarship is the “opportunity to talk and learn from top researchers across the four universities”. 

PhD Candidates at the University of Sydney, Juliette Soule (Right) with Felix Thomsen (Left).

PhD Candidate at the University of Sydney, Juliette Soule, says there are ‘many benefits’ to receiving the scholarship.  

"From a practical perspective the scholarship provides me with the funding that I need to be able to pursue a PhD full-time,” says Juliette.  

There are 4 streams of SQA PhD Scholarships:  

Each scholarship offers access to career development funding and the SQA PhD Experience Program. International recipient tuition fees may also be waived or supplemented up to four years. 

The PhD Scholarship applications are open to Australian citizens, permanent residents, and international applicants. Students are expected to apply for or be enrolled in a full-time PhD program at an SQA partner university, in a field related to quantum technology. 

We’ve developed a helpful guide on How to apply for a PhD in Sydney

Our current scholarship students have also shared their experiences, detailing what they benefit most from being part of the SQA student community. 

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About the Sydney Quantum Academy 

The SQA is a unique partnership between four Sydney universities – Macquarie University, UNSW Sydney, the University of Sydney and University of Technology Sydney, generously supported by the New South Wales Government. Our vision is to build Australia’s quantum economy. Collaborating with academia, industry and government, SQA will harness Sydney’s collective quantum expertise to develop diverse talent and a globally recognised quantum ecosystem.