Postgraduate Student Program

The Postgraduate Student Program supports and extends the broader research activities of the CRCNA. We support two streams of postgraduate students – Postgraduate Scholarship Students and Associate Students.

Postgraduate Scholarship Students are directly affiliated with the CRCNA either by being attached to one of our research projects (with scholarship funding included in the project proposal), or through our scholarship program.

The CRCNA is committed to providing meaningful professional development and networking opportunities for our postgraduate students to grow their skillsets and connect them with industry, government, other institutions, and with their peers.

Postgraduate scholarships

Our postgraduate scholarships are open for applications on an ongoing basis. We are looking for the best and the brightest research students who are working on or planning projects aligned with CRCNA research priorities. We are particularly interested in students who are from Northern Australia, and through their research projects want to contribute to developing Northern Australia for the benefit of the people who live and work in this expansive and incredibly diverse part of the country.

Scholarships will be awarded based on several factors including:

  • The relevance of the proposed research project to CRCNA research priorities
  • The academic excellence or demonstrated potential of the applicant
  • Evidence of institutional support and endorsement by supervisor
  • Evidence of ability to undertake research – including a clear and thorough research proposal

Please apply for the Associate Student Program and indicate that you are interested in applying for a scholarship, and the Education Program Coordinator will be in touch for further information.

Postgraduate student professional development

The CRCNA is invested in retaining and growing research capacity in Northern Australia. Postgraduate Scholarship and Associate Students will be kept informed about professional development programs.

If you would like to stay updated about these and other opportunities, please subscribe to CRCNA updates.

Associate Student Program

The Associate Student Program has been designed to provide opportunities and networks for students conducting research in areas aligned with CRCNA research themes but not already directly involved with the CRCNA. This research is likely to be of significant interest to CRCNA stakeholders (including government, industry, and research partners). Some students are already indirectly connected to the CRCNA through their supervisors, with their research adding to the depth or breadth of our research projects – these students may benefit from the exposure of being more formally affiliated with the CRCNA.

All PhD and Masters by Research students whose projects will inform policy or practice in the CRCNA areas of research are encouraged to apply to become a CRCNA Associate Student.

All CRCNA Associate Students will be eligible to apply for professional development and funding opportunities.

If you are granted Associate status you agree to notify the CRCNA of all journal articles, conference, oral, and poster presentations you author that are accepted within 30 days of notification of acceptance and will provide a copy of the submitted work to the CRCNA.

The CRCNA may provide Associate Students with:

  • networking opportunities with researchers and organisations in the appropriate sector
  • professional development opportunities
  • eligibility to apply for travel support to present at conferences aligned with the goals of the CRCNA, including the annual Developing Northern Australia Conference and other CRCNA events and
  • inclusion of your bio and research outline on the CRCNA website.

Either the Associate Student or the Education Program Coordinator of the CRCNA may terminate the Associate Status at any time by notifying the other via email.


Dr Anne-Frances Watson
Education Program Coordinator