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A2Ioffer scholarships for prospective PhD students through the Deakin University Higher Degree by Research (HDR) program. We also consider self-funded PhD applicants.

All applications will go through a rigorous assessment process and shortlisted applicants will be interviewed. Successful applicants will have their university tuition fees waived, and will receive a stipend and medical insurance.



Selection criteria


  • A degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or similar disciplines.
  • A minimum of a four-year undergraduate degree and a research thesis.
  • A high GPA with first class honours
    (extensive research experience and peer reviewed publications are advantageous).
  • A strong background in some of the following subjects:
    • Machine Learning
    • Linear algebra
    • Probability and statistics
    • Optimisation
  • Good programming skills
  • Overseas applicants should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (with no band under 6) or a minimum TOEFL iBT score of 70 with minimum writing score of 21. The certificate of English language competency must be provided before commencing the course.


How to apply

Interested applicants should complete and email an EOI and attach a Resume (or CV) to Trang Tran (A2IHDR Support Coordinator).

You may include some of the following documents: Academic transcripts; Published papers; Research proposal; and Reference letters.

For more information contact: Trang Tran


Learn more about our PhD program

Being A2I2 PhD students, you’ll work alongside some internationally recognised researchers with expertise in the areas of machine learning, pattern recognition, artificial intelligence and computer vision. You’ll have chances to share your research interest in our weekly reading groups.

Living and working in either Geelong (AI/ML students) or Burwood (software engineering students), Victoria offers a remarkable quality of life with superb facilities. In Geelong you can relax in a pretty, rural environment, close to some of Australia’s best surf beaches, or in Melbourne you are surrounded by impressive buildings and a vibrant cultural life.




Dr Tinu T. Joy
IBM Research, Melbourne

“I was fortunate to be advised by A/Prof Santu Rana, A/Prof Sunil Gupta and Prof. Svetha Venkatesh. As a PhD student, I was encouraged to communicate my work to top conferences and journals. I was also given the opportunity to attend and present at international conferences. The best part of the journey was being able to see my work applied to solve real-world problems. A2I2 has always tried to create a stimulating atmosphere within the group. There were social gatherings, paper reading sessions, and more.”
Dr Trang Pham
Software engineer, Google, Sydney

"I had a great experience during my time at A2I2 Geelong. My principal supervisor, A/Prof Truyen Tran is a great scientist who has taught me valuable knowledge and research skills and instilled in me a professional work ethic. Thanks to his constant guidance and support, I was able to finish my PhD with a good outcome. It was also great to learn from Prof Svetha Venkatesh. As a successful woman in tech and research, she is one of my motivations to keep pursuing my career path."
Alex Cummaudo
PhD Candidate and software engineer, A2I2 Burwood

“What I like most about A2I2 is the practicality of our research. My honours research helped shape automated photography software that was deployed in large-scale marathons, and I like to know my research has made an impact for business solutions. Doing a PhD here means I get lots of support from the A2I2 team.”

Interested applicants should email their CV to Trang Tran (A2IHDR Support Coordinator).