The Centre for Astrophysics & Supercomputing (CAS) at Swinburne University of Technology (Melbourne, Australia) invites applications for its PhD program and scholarships from high-calibre students of any nationality. With over 18 research faculty, 17 postdocs and 40 students from two dozen different countries, CAS offers a vibrant, research-focused and friendly atmosphere where students help conduct - and learn how to lead - cutting-edge research in all major areas of astronomy. CAS has a collaborative agreement with Caltech guaranteeing up to 15 nights per year on the 10-m Keck Telescopes (Hawaii). CAS also hosts the GPU-based "gSTAR" - one of Australia's most powerful supercomputers.
A range of PhD scholarships are available with tax-free stipends starting at AUD$25,392 p.a. with tuition fees waived. A top-up of $3,000 p.a. may also be available. PhD students may access internal research funds to cover travel and other research expenses (e.g. conferences, telescope observing etc.). For USA applicants, undergraduate grades rather than GRE exam scores are considered in the scholarship selection process. Swinburne's Hawthorn campus is situated in a lively, urban setting just minutes by public transport from Melbourne's city centre. Melbourne, Australia's second-most populous city (4 million), is renowned for its cafes, galleries, festivals, city parks, sports venues and teams.
For details about CAS's PhD program, including eligibility requirements, available supervisors, PhD topics and how to apply, see the above web links. The deadline for Expressions of Interest (via online form - see above links) is September 8, 2014. Shortlisted applicants will then be invited to discuss PhD projects with possible supervisors well before Swinburne's formal scholarship deadline.