CSIRO Space and Astronomy Graduate Student Program: how to join

  • Step 1: contact a Space & Astronomy staff member to discuss your research interests and ask them about the possibility of co-supervising your honours, masters of PhD degree.
  • Step 2: ensure that you meet the university requirements (if you haven't chosen a university yet then discuss possible options with the Space & Astronomy staff member)
  • Step 3: go through the requirements and benefits of being part of the program with both your university and Space & Astronomy supervisors.
  • Step 4: download the application form (see below)
  • Step 5: fill in the application form. There's a section for you, one for your university supervisor and one for your Space & Astronomy supervisor.
  • Step 6: email the completed form to the Space & Astronomy student coordinator.


The Space & Astronomy student coordinator will then check your application and may request more details. When ready the student coordinator will sign the application form and pass it to the head of the astronomy group and the head of Space & Astronomy for their signatures. When completed you will be officially a student member as soon as you start your project. It is possible to join the program part-way through your project, but we recommend applying a month or two before you expect to start your project.

Note that you will not officially be a CSIRO staff member and therefore you must ensure that your university/institute will insure you against accidents whilst using our facilities. Your university will remain legally responsible for the students welfare and progress.


Application form

The application form was updated in February 2024. There is now just a single form, with a place at the top of the form to indicate whether the applicant is an Honours, Masters or PhD student.

  • Space & Astronomy Graduate Student Program Application form: docx


Please contact the student coordinator if you have any questions regarding the form.


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Page last updated: 27-Feb-2024 pge