The Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) at The University of Sydney is dedicated to the research, development, application and dissemination of field robotics principles. The ACFR is now the largest robotics and automation research group in Australia and is also one of the largest of its kind in the world.

QANTAS PhD scholarships
The Australian Centre for Field Robotics is offering full-time postgraduate scholarships in commercial aviation valued in $10,000 per annum for suitably qualified candidates to undertake research studies leading to a PhD in Engineering.
There are currently no scholarships available

The ACFR invites students interested in PhD research in the area of autonomous systems, including perception, control, learning and systems to apply for APAs.


Applications for APA scholarships are open to Australian & New Zealand residents/citizens only. APA scholarships are valued at $25849 p.a. (2015 rate).

Application forms and supporting information may be found at the Scholarships Office website.

2017 Round One applications open on 1 September 2016. Applications close at 5pm AEST, 30 September 2016.

Rio Tinto Centre for Mine Automation

Mining constitutes the backbone of the Australian economy. While several job sectors have experienced a decline in recent times, the demand for qualified people in the mining industry remains strong. Rio Tinto is a world leader in mining and has an extremely strong presence in Australia. Rio Tinto has also been at the forefront of mining innovation.

The Rio Tinto Centre for Mine Automation (RTCMA), established within the ACFR is mandated with the task of automating all aspects of a mine's operations. A significant component of the RTCMA's activities involves innovating new ideas and concepts that are relevant to the overall objective. The RTCMA invites applications from interested students to be a part of this mining innovation endeavour by working with us towards a doctorate degree. Your scientific contributions are intended to change the shape of Australian Mining and will create enormous impact for Rio Tinto and Australian Mining (potentially valued in millions of A$). You will have access to unprecedented resources towards realising your scientific objectives.

Essential requirements:

  • A Bachelor Degree with First Class Honours or equivalent results;
  • Excellent mathematical skills and/or programming skills (Matlab and/or C++);
  • Open to learning new techniques and approaches including machine learning and multivariate analysis.

Desirable requirements:

  • Prior knowledge of areas such as machine learning, statistics and geology.

These positions are open to domestic and international students. Rio Tinto Centre for Mine Automation scholarships are potentially available to exceptional students. Top-up scholarships valued at approx. $5,000 are available to successful APA and IPRS scholarship applicants. The total scholarship is valued at $30849 (2015 rate) per annum (tax exempt) and may be renewed for up to three years, subject to satisfactory progress.

Current scholarship opportunities can be found on the Research Scholarships Database

Further information on the Centre's activities and general contact details may be found at

Further information for International Students applying for scholarships may be found at The International Scholarships Development Office website