Education & Training



Postgraduate Scholarships

DMTC offers full, half and top-up Masters and PhD scholarships to students at partner universities based on alignment with future defence capability requirements and industrial opportunities for Australian industry. Masters and PhD projects are utilised to investigate specific areas of research within larger collaborative projects involving Defence, industry and research partners.

Masters and PhD scholarship opportunities are typically advertised through partner universities. Due to the often sensitive nature of Defence projects, applicants must be either Australian or Permanent Residents and some may be required to obtain a Defence Security Clearance.

Since 2008, DMTC has supported more than 40 Postgraduate candidates through scholarships and professional development courses. To date, more than 20 DMTC-sponsored PhD candidates have completed their studies and been conferred their PhD and Masters.

DMTC has a demonstrated track record of transitioning postgraduates into successful careers within the defence or related industry sectors. In our 2018 Annual Report we featured PhD candidate Brodie McDonald, who is already pursuing a career with DST Group, along with scholarship holders Alain Moriana and Scarlet Kong.

Professional Development Program

DMTC’s approach to knowledge and skill development ensures the best and brightest students can make meaningful contributions to Defence capability throughout their studies and, more importantly, throughout their careers.

DMTC Education Program activities include:

  • professional development workshops for broader sector-relevant skills development that align with the needs of DMTC industry and research partners (e.g. Presentation Skills, Writing Workshops, Careers Workshop, etc.);
  • an annual Student Conference where students present their research work to academics, industry partners and their peers;
  • involvement in project reviews and research utilisation discussions with industry partners; and
  • support to attend conferences.

Collaboration with other Defence Scholarship Programs

DMTC’s Education Program collaborates with counterpart organisations including the Research Training Centre for Naval Design and Manufacturing (RTCNDM) and Defence Science Institute (DSI) by involving students from these programs in DMTC workshops and annual Student Conference.


Undergraduate Vacation Student Program

DMTC invests in developing early stage science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills though its established Vacation Student program in which final-year engineering and science students are sponsored to complete 12 weeks of vacation employment with DMTC partners. Enquires should be made through our partner universities.