SCEM: Centre for Research in Mathematics Scholarship in Data Science

School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics

Scholarship code: 2019-068

About the project

The Centre for Research in Mathematics (CRM)(opens in a new window) at Western Sydney University has strengths across the spectrum of data science, applied mathematics, and pure mathematics. Researchers in CRM seek to produce excellence in research outcomes, engaging in collaborations that cross institutions, disciplines, and the divide between industry and academia. This recognises that our disciplines are fundamental across a wide range of human endeavour.

We are offering a research scholarship to a highly motivated PhD student seeking to work with our data science team, on a topic to be negotiated with the potential principal supervisor. Our team conducts research both in the theoretical aspects of data science, such as computational statistics and machine learning methods (for example deep learning and reinforcement learning), as well as in problems arising from applications across a very broad spectrum of partners in business and government.

The project will be based at Western Sydney University's Parramatta South campus.

Potential candidates are encouraged to approach members of CRM's data science team (Dr Yi Guo, Professor Paul Hurley, Associate Professor Oliver Obst, Dr Laurence Park), to discuss their ideas for projects before applying.

What does the scholarship provide?

  • Domestic candidates will receive a tax-free stipend of $30,000(AUD) per annum for up to 3 years to support living costs, supported by the Research Training Program (RTP) Fee Offset.
  • International candidates will receive a tax-free stipend of $30,000(AUD) per annum for up to 3 years to support living costs. Those with a strong track record will be eligible for a tuition fee waiver.
  • Support for conference attendance, fieldwork and additional costs as approved by the School.

International candidates are required to hold an Overseas Student Health Care (OSHC)(opens in a new window) insurance policy for the duration their study in Australia. This cost is not covered by the scholarship.

Eligibility criteria

We welcome applicants from a range of backgrounds, who are keen to develop deep expertise in data science and its applications. In particular, the project is suitable for candidates with strong interests in exploring the most sophisticated methodologies available to deal with the large data sets that are a part of modern society.

The successful applicant should:

  • hold qualifications and experience equal to one of the following (i) an Australian First Class Bachelor (Honours) degree, (ii) coursework Masters with at least 25% research component, (iii) Research Masters degree, or (iv) equivalent overseas qualifications in Computer Science, Data Science, Mathematics or Statistics.
  • demonstrate strong academic performance in subjects relevant to data science, especially statistics, computing, and mathematics.
  • have an understanding of the importance of data science in science, industry, and society.
  • be willing to learn analytical methods and programming tools as required.
  • be enthusiastic and highly motivated to undertake further study at an advanced level.

International applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency.(opens in a new window)

How to apply

1. Contact Associate Professor Oliver Obst ( to discuss your eligibility, the project requirements and your intention to apply.

2. Review the research scholarships frequently asked questions.(opens in a new window)

3. Submit an online application for admission.(opens in a new window)

4. Complete the project scholarship application form (PDF, 89.74 KB).(opens in a new window)

5. Compile your CV, contact information for two referees and a one-page proposal stating how your research interests align with the project aims.

6. Submit your scholarship application form and any supporting documentation to the Graduate Research School as follows:

  • Use the email subject line: Application_2019_068_SCEM
  • Submit to
  • All attached documents must be submitted as PDF.
  • In the body of your email, include your full name, your student ID (if you are a current or previous Western Sydney University student) and the full title of the scholarship.

Applicants who do not submit an online application for admission will not be considered.

Incomplete applications or applications that do not conform to the above requirements will not be considered.

Please contact the Graduate Research School via email at for more information.

Applications close 30 April 2019

*Applications close at 11.59pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).