Neuromorphic Engineering Scholarship


The MARCS Institute

Lead Researcher: Andre van Schaik

About the project

The International Centre for Neuromorphic Systems is offering 10 research scholarships to highly motivated PhD candidates in all its areas of Neuromorphic Engineering Research. This includes the development of neuromorphic sensors, such as event-based vision sensors, algorithms for processing data from neuromorphic sensors and for machine learning, the design of analogue and/or digital hardware to implement neuromorphic algorithms, and the development of brain scale spiking neural network simulations.

For example project descriptions, please see:

Applicants are also allowed to propose their own projects, where they are aligned with ICNS research.

The International Centre for Neuromorphic Systems are world-leaders in academic research in this highly topical and active area of research and training the future workforce in this exponentially growing area of Electrical Engineering and Artificial Intelligence.

The Institute is committed to a culture that embraces equity and a diverse and inclusive community where everyone participates in a safe and respectful environment. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and encourage applications from people of diverse gender, sexual orientation, cultural and linguistic backgrounds, people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, people with disability and those with caring and family responsibilities.

What does the scholarship provide?

  • Domestic candidates will receive a tax-free stipend of $31,500(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 $31,500(AUD) per annum for up to 3 years to support living costs. Eligible candidates will receive a tuition fee waiver for 3 years and Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) insurance (Single Policy). International candidates are required to hold an Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) insurance policy for the duration of their study in Australia.
  • Support for conference attendance, fieldwork and additional costs as approved by School/Institute.

Eligibility criteria

We welcome applicants from a range of backgrounds, who are keen to contribute to the growing field of neuromorphic engineering. Applicants with a background in Electrical (Electronics) Engineering, Computer Science, Computational Neuroscience, and Physics are likely most suited.

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.
  • demonstrate strong academic performance in subjects relevant to neuromorphic engineering.
  • have an interest in applications of their research to real world problems.
  • be enthusiastic and highly motivated to undertake further study at an advanced level.

How to apply

Follow the step-by-step instructions on the how to apply for a project scholarship(opens in new window)Opens in a new window page.

  • Note: You do not need to complete 'Step 5: Submit an online application for admission' when applying for this scholarship. You must complete 'Step 6: Submit an online application for a project scholarship'.

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

For questions and advice about the research project, please contact Andre van Schaik:

For questions and advice about the application process, please contact the Graduate Research School:

Applications close 30 September 2023

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

Scholarship reference code: PS2023_085_MARCS