Australian SKA Fellowships Programme


The 2016 Australian SKA Fellowships Programme has closed and the recipients announced. We thank everybody for their interest in the programme and hope to offer further rounds in the future. 

More information about the 2016 round, the selection process, and the recipients is detailed below.

Watch this space for future fellowship opportunities.


2016 Recipients


Congratulations to the four recipients of the first round of the Australian SKA Fellowships Programme:

Natasha Hurley-Walker

Attila Popping

Martin Myer

Warren Bax 


About the Programme


The Australian SKA Fellowships Programme will facilitate Australia-based scientists, engineers and people with other relevant expertise to spend a period of 2 – 4 months at the UK-based SKA Headquarters. While there they will contribute to the delivery of Phase 1 design work. The Programme is supported by the Australian SKA Office in conjunction with the international SKA Organisation in line with their strategic priorities.

Applicants will have the opportunity to suggest short projects or nominate areas of work they could contribute to. Fellowships are expected to be taken up between ~mid 2016 through to the end of 2017. Projects must contribute to the work of the SKA Organisation as they develop a final design and move to construction of Phase 1.

This opportunity is open to any Australia-based person with skills relevant to the design and implementation of a major science/infrastructure project. Such skills may be in astronomy, science, engineering, management, mission assurance, communications, etc.

To ensure the programme establishes stronger links between Australian organisations and the SKAO Headquarters, Fellows are expected to work with Australian colleagues both before and after the SKAO visit. In doing so, they will help build expertise and disseminate information. Fellowships must be undertaken with the support of the Fellow’s home organisation.

The Programme is an opportunity for individuals and the organisations they represent to contribute directly to the design of a global mega-science project. While doing so, participants will develop new skills, experiences and networks that will benefit them into the future. The number of fellowships allocated over time will depend on the number of opportunities identified and the availability of appropriate personnel to fill them.

Financial Support

The SKAO Headquarters will meet the cost of accommodation during the Fellow’s time working in the Headquarters. Return travel to the UK will be provided by the Australian SKA Office and relevant SKA affiliated organisations. The Fellow’s employer will be expected to pay the Fellow’s salary during the period of the Fellowship and their support is a prerequisite of application. UK visa requirements will depend on the Fellow’s personal circumstances. Reasonable visa costs will be met by the Commonwealth. Any additional travel costs, including those associated with accompanying partners or family, visits to other institutes or partners during the visit etc., will be met by the Fellow or their employer. 

The Process


Step 1: EOI call
Interested applicants can register their interest now for the Programme by completing this form: ASKAO Fellowships EOI.pdf and submitting it to the Australian SKA Office along with a CV by 8 July 2016. Registering your interest will enable you to put your ideas forward early in the process and help shape the development of the programme.

Step 2: Prioritisation of projects
The Australian SKA Office and SKA Headquarters will consider all expressions of interest. The Office and Headquarters will identify those expressions that match the project’s strategic priorities and for which Australian SKA Fellowships will be awarded. Note that priorities may change as the project progresses.

Step 3: Applications & Finalisation
Selected candidates will be invited to submit a formal application. This will be done in consultation with the Australian SKA Office to confirm details of travel dates, scope of work to be undertaken, etc. Where necessary, the Australian SKA Office may make further calls for applications to seek candidates with specific skill sets.

Step 4: Fellowship Phase
The tenure of a Fellowship includes a pre-travel briefing and identifying how the Fellow will report back on project outcomes to the Australian and New Zealand SKA Coordination Committee (ANZSCC) and other members of the Australian community.

For any further queries, please contact Jerry Skinner

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