Promotion of Science

The SIEF’s contribution to the promotion of science research and education in Australia includes supporting research undertaken by early career scientists, the appointment or joint appointment of scientists to university positions, and scholarships and fellowships including:

CSIRO Macquarie University Chair in Wireless Communications:

CSIRO has a long history of collaboration with Macquarie University in the field of wireless communications. The CSIRO-Macquarie University Chair in Wireless Communications was established to support further development of Australia’s world-leading capabilities in this field. Following his appointment to the CSIRO Macquarie University Chair in Wireless Communication, Dr. Stephen Hanly will spend the majority of his time accelerating research at Macquarie University into wireless communication technologies and the balance collaborating with CSIRO researchers at the ICT Centre in Marsfield.

Lindau Fellowships:

The best young Australian scientists will have the chance to be mentored by Nobel Prize winners, thanks to a new collaboration between the Science and Industry Endowment Fund and the Australian Academy of Science. From 2013, support for attendance at the annual meeting of Nobel Laureates at Lake Constance, Germany will be provided through the Science and Industry Endowment Fund – Australian Academy of Science Fellowships to the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings.

Postdoctoral Fellowships:

The Postdoctoral Fellowships are named after Dr John Stocker. As Chairman of the Board of CSIRO, Dr Stocker was instrumental in the rejuvenation of the SIEF in 2009. As former Chief Executive of CSIRO he provided strong support for the development of the WLAN technology which ultimately delivered the resources for the rejuvenation of the SIEF. Preferentially, research projects for Postdoctoral Fellowships will be collaborative projects between PRFAs and universities. There is also a strong preference for end-user/industry engagement in the project.

At the present time SIEF is not accepting applications for any Postdoctoral Fellowships. Please note that there is information on this website that is provided about Postdoctoral Fellowships, however this information is in relation to the 2014 Fellowships and is provided as background information. Should the Trustee decide to open applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship round in the future, information will be posted on the SIEF website and a Bulletin sent to the SIEF Mailing list.

For archival information from the previous Fellowship Round (2014) please visit

Return to top

Postgraduate Scholarships:

John Stocker

The Postgraduate Scholarships are named after Dr John Stocker.  As Chairman of the Board of CSIRO, Dr Stocker was instrumental in the rejuvenation of the SIEF in 2009. As former Chief Executive of CSIRO he provided strong support for the development of the WLAN technology which ultimately delivered the resources for the rejuvenation of the SIEF.  The Postgraduate Scholarship Program recognises the value of candidates with industry experience and has the desired outcomes of encouraging return to study and promoting industry collaboration. The Program encourages potential international collaboration.

At the present time SIEF is not accepting applications for any Postgraduate Scholarships. Please note that there is information on this website that is provided about Postgraduate Scholarships, however this information is in relation to the 2014 Scholarships and is provided as background information. Should the Trustee decide to open applications for a Postgraduate Scholarships round in the future, information will be posted on the SIEF website and a Bulletin sent to the SIEF Mailing list.

For archival information from the previous Scholarship Round (2014) please visit

John O'Sullivan

The 2012 SIEF Scholarships program included funding for one additional full Postgraduate Scholarship resulting from the generous donation made by Dr John O’Sullivan. Dr O’Sullivan led a multidisciplinary CSIRO team that developed and patented the technology at the heart of most modern high speed wireless communications systems. The Trustee’s has awarded the John O’Sullivan Postgraduate Scholarships to a Student conducting research in the area of the utilisation of scarce radio spectra.

For archival information about the John O'Sullivan Scholarship awarded in 2012 please visit

Return to top

Undergraduate Scholarships:

Undergraduate Degree Scholarships

The SIEF Scholarships Program includes up to eight Undergraduate Degree scholarships per annum that will be available to Science/ICT or Engineering undergraduates who are of Indigenous background or located in rural or remote locations and of low socio-economic background. Students must be undertaking a Science/ICT or Engineering degree which includes elements of mathematics, statistics or computation. Preferentially, no more than one scholarship will be awarded at each participating university each year. For further information please visit:

Honours and Vacation Scholarships

At the present time SIEF is not accepting applications for Honours or Vacation Scholarships. Should the current intention of the Trustee change, information will be posted on the SIEF website and a Bulletin sent to the SIEF Mailing list.  For archival information from the previous rounds please visit:

Return to top