Bachelor & Master Research Projects

We are continuously offering exciting master/bachelor research projects and interships over the summer break. Please contact us for available projects.

PhD Scholarships

The stipend of the scholarship is $25,392per annum (tax exempt) for 3 years, plus conditional travel funds for attending conferences.

For very high achieving students we are able to offer you top-up scholarship funds in addition to the $25,392.

We are looking for highly-motivated, passionate and dedicated candidates who meet the following selection criteria:

  • Students with Master qualification in Computer Science, Mathematics, Electrical and Electronic Engineering with a significant (at least 1 year) research project
  • Students with an excellent Honours (1st class) in Computer Science or Electrical and Electronic Engineering or closely related field with at least a 1 year, full time research project in their degree are also encouraged to apply.
  • Very good GPA and/or good quality publications (conferences, journals, etc.) if you do not have publications then you must demonstrate a very strong GPA (such as graduating at the top of the class/batch).
  • Good written and communication skills.
  • Industrial and/or research experience is an advantage.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in any of the following areas is an advantage
    • machine learning (specifically graphical models, semi-supervised and unsupervised)
    • cryptography (stream ciphers, block ciphers, cryptanalysis, lightweight cryptography)
    • assitive technologies for older people
    • tracking and particle filters
    • software engineering (activity based computing, social computing)
    • microelectronics and CAD tools – CMOS/BJT, Cadence, Synopsys
    • radio frequency engineering – RF Circuits
    • antenna design – Integrated antennas and wearable antennas and tools such as HFSS & CST Microwave Studio
    • nanoelectronics

Upon being selected, we need to have two confidential referee reports that relate to your ability to do research and your potential as a PhD student, as well as official documents to substantiate how you meet the selection criteria.

How to Apply

Please send me ( your most up to date CV (including a detailed publication list any awards as well as academic achievements) and academic transcripts along with your response to the listed selection criteria.

Please make sure your publications have information such as rankings. Please provide rankings for conference publications, where possible from: next to your publication. For all journal publications please indicate the ranking (such as ERA Rank A, B or C), where possible from:

Please also enable your Google Scholar profile if you have publications and send us the link with your CV. Please see how enable your profile here:

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Local Information

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English Language Requirements

Students wishing to apply for a scholarship must provide evidence of minimum English language proficiency before the closing date. Students who intend to sit an IELTS must ensure that their results are provided prior to the closing date for scholarship applications (see information under Application Deadlines on this page for dates If you do not meet the IETLS requirement that is not the end, it means you will need to undertake the Pre-enrolment English Program (PEP).

Application Process for International Students

Interested candidates are requested to send their application when they are ready. Adelaide University has four early intakes of PhD candidates. See:

Applying for a Scholarship

There is no separate application process for International students. If you student ticks the relevant box in Section 8 of the International Student Application for Postgraduate Research Studies for admission to the University, this will constitute an application for a scholarship in this instance. Successful postgraduate scholarship recipients will be informed in mid-November.

More information can be found at: 

Writing a Research Proposal

All applicants must submit a research proposal and this can be a difficult task. There is a guide as well as a template to help you here:

Other information can be found here:

Further Information

If you require further information regarding the research projects, please contact

Dr. Damith Ranasinghe

Director of Auto ID Lab

Email: damith dot ranasinghe at adelaide dot edu dot au