HDR Scholarships - Deakin Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre (CSCRC)

Applications now open

Multiple PhD scholarships are available to initiate and conduct research on various cyber security related topics aligned with the themes of the Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre (CSCRC).

Project Leader

School OR Institute


Melbourne Burwood Campus and Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Research topic

The CSCRC aims to inspire the next generation of cyber security professionals through working with some of the best cyber security researchers in Australia, and engagement with the CSCRC Industry & Government Participants.

Project aim

You are invited to apply at any time for a CSCRC Scholarship to carry out research in one of the following CSCRC Research Themes:

  • Resilient Systems: To automate the assessment of high-volume network traffic to identify ‘red flags’ that enable cyber security professionals to better prioritize their time on higher value-adding activities.
  • IoT Systems – Security and Configuration: To develop new approaches to identify threats and secure the deployment of the Internet of Things.
  • Next Generation Authentication Technologies: To develop authentication technologies to protect access to control systems used in the water, power, and mining industries.
  • Emerging Threats – Network Forensics and Response: To develop techniques to trace (at a forensic level) where cyber threats have originated, and automate this ability across complex infrastructure and architecture environments.
  • Platform and Architecture for Cyber Security as a Service: To develop a secure integrated platform that will enable cyber security providers to offer robust security services.
  • Security Automation and Orchestration: To develop technologies for security orchestration that can be provisioned as cyber security solutions as a service.
  • Privacy Preserving Data Sharing in a Hyper connected World: To develop techniques for sharing threat data whilst ensuring data remains confidential, and provide algorithms for accessing and analysing threat data, metadata and patterns.
  • Real-Time Monitoring of Cyber Security Threats: To develop visualization techniques that enable rapid situational awareness of cyber threats and risks that will deliver confidence in the quality and provenance of shared information.
  • Law and Policy: To develop theoretical frameworks, practical knowledge for studying and addressing the cyber security challenges with implications for legal, policy, economic, psychological aspects.

Important dates

CSCRC Graduate Scholarship applications will be considered through the year.


This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • Stipend of $50,000 per annum tax exempt for domestic candidate (domestic includes candidates with Australian Citizenship, Australian Permanent Residency or New Zealand Citizenship)
  • Stipend of $37,000 per annum tax exempt for international candidate
  • International students only: Tuition fee and overseas health coverage for the duration of 4 years

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be either a domestic or international candidate
  • meet Deakin's PhD entry requirements
  • be enrolling full time and hold an honours degree (first class) or an equivalent standard master's degree with a substantial research component
  • candidate will be eligible to receive a CSCRC scholarship only after the student has received an unconditional offer from Deakin university

Please refer to the research degree entry pathways page for further information.

How to apply

Interested applicants should email their CV, course transcripts and publications (if any) to Prof Robin Doss.

Applicants invited to submit a full application should follow the instructions on our How to apply page.


Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact Prof Robin Doss.

Prof Robin Doss
Deputy Head of School
Email Prof Robin Doss
+61 3 9251 7305