Education Program Overview
Through our University partners, DMTC helps to develop a pipeline of innovative and diverse STEM talent poised to support Australia’s defence industry, and seize future science and technology opportunities.
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.
Due to the often sensitive nature of Defence projects, applicants must satisfy requirements to obtain an Australian Government security clearance.
Since 2008, DMTC has supported more than 50 postgraduate candidates through scholarships and professional development courses.
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: DMTC organises workshops to facilitate the development of broader sector-relevant skills that align with the needs of DMTC’s industry and research partners;
- Student Showcase: DMTC hosts a Student Showcase that serves as a platform for DMTC-supported students to present their research or internship experience to academics, industry partners, and their peers. The Showcase also provides students with valuable networking opportunities;
- Project Reviews and Research Utilisation Discussions: PhD students are involved in project reviews and research utilisation discussions with industry partners throughout their scholarship. This engagement allows students to contribute their perspectives and gain practical insights into how research is translated by industry into breakthrough technologies and products; and
- Conference Support: DMTC provides support for students to attend conferences relevant to their area of study. This support encourages students to actively participate in their academic and professional communities.
Collaboration with other Defence Scholarship Programs
DMTC’s Education Program collaborates with counterpart organisations including the Defence Science Institute (DSI) and across the Australian Defence Science & Universities Network by involving students from these programs in DMTC workshops and our Student Showcase.
Undergraduate Smart Enough Factory Internships
DMTC’s Industry Capability Development program supports internship opportunities for undergraduate students across engineering, computer science and software development disciplines. These internships provide mutual benefits to both the student and to industry partners progressing along their digital transformation journey.
DMTC-supported candidates have successfully transitioned into careers in defence and related sectors, whether in postdoctoral research or professional positions. Read some of their stories here.