Research Projects

A PhD in Data Science

Applications without the loss of rigour

We are searching for committed and excited PhD students to work on Centre projects starting in August 2020. Prospective candidates must have an understanding of the foundations of data science, for example a qualification in mathematics, statistics, computer science or a strong quantitative background such as engineering, econometrics or earth sciences.

DARE PhD candidates will undertake a cohort based learning and professional development program including advanced data science. Candidates may also undertake field work in rural and regional Australia as part of their one-year industry placement. Opportunities for conference presentations, exchange study with the Alan Turing Institute (UK) and employment in industry or government at the end of the program are also available.



About the cohort based program

Every PhD candidate will be required to undertake a compulsory twelve week program in data science within the first 12 months of candidature. The cohort based program will cover four core modules in:

  1. Advanced statistical inference including linear mixed models
  2. Fundamentals of statistical machine learning including data visualisation, predictive and generative modelling frameworks and coding language (R, Python, Fortran, C++)
  3. Scientific computing and data analytics including nonparametric methods, convex optimisation, matrix decomposition, orthogonal representations, sparse regression, bootstrap, state-space models, Kalman filters, Markov chain Monte Carlo methods, Multilevel Monte Carlo methods (for introduction to uncertainty quantification), and variational methods.
  4. Application of data science. This module will train students in a Research Project, which will allow students to put concepts, knowledge, and experience acquired through Core Modules 1-3 into practice. Students will work in groups of two or three, guided by an academic mentor. Assessment will be via submission of a journal-style paper, a short newspaper article/press/media release, and wrap-up sessions in which students present their projects to DARE Partners.

Stage 1 – Scholarship (2-6 weeks)

1. Expression of Interest

Send your CV, transcripts, preferred topic and other supporting documents to for review.

Candidates will be reviewed by the Selection Committee and successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.

2. Interview with Selection Committee

Successful candidates will be contacted to discuss preferred project/supervisor allocation.

3. Scholarship awarded, pending enrolment outcome

Note: International students will require tuition fee scholarship from enrolled institution, this process will differ between institutions and will be discussed with supervisory team.

Stage 2 – application (4-6 weeks)

4. Student applies to relevant university for admission

According to allocated project and supervisor/s, student will apply to the University of Sydney, University of NSW or the University of Western Australia for admission and Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship.

Documents for university to review:

  • CV, transcripts
  • Letter of Support from supervisor
  • Detailed project plan

*Takes approximately 3-6 weeks

5. Receive Letter of Offer

International student receives full DARE scholarship $40,000 (pending student visa).

Domestic student with RTP grant receives $35,000 RTP grant plus $10,000 DARE top-up, a total $45,000.

Domestic student without RTP grant receives full DARE scholarship $40,000.

6. Accept offer and enrol in next research period

Note: International students need to apply for an Australian visa before enrolment.

*Visa application takes between 3 weeks to 12 months.