Employment eligibility

  1. You must be a current substantive EL1 or EL 2 and have been employed by the Australian Public Service for at least three years, and;
  2. be employed by a participating agency
  • The Treasury
  • Attorney Generals Department
  • Department of Communications and the Arts
  • Department of Defence
  • Department of Social Services
  • Department of the Environment and Energy
  • Department of Health
  • Department of Home Affairs
  • Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet
  • Office of National Assessments
  • Department of Education and Training
  • Department of Jobs and Small Business
  • Department of Human Services
  • Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
  • Australian Security Intelligence Organisation
  • Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • Department of Finance
  • Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

If your department or portfolio agency is not listed above please contact your Learning and Development Team to ask if they will be supportive of a staff member applying.

Academic eligibility

Academic eligibility requirements may vary slightly depending on the ANU College that you choose to conduct your research. Please see the College requirements for more details.

ANU has seven academic Colleges:


  • ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • ANU College of Business and Economics
  • ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • ANU College of Law
  • ANU College of Science
  • ANU College of Health and Medicine


Each of these Colleges contains a number Research Schools, Institutes, and Centres at which a PhD program may be undertaken. Please note that similar research topics may sit under a number of different Centres and across Colleges. For example, a mental health research proposal could be considered by the Department of Psychology and the National Institute for Mental Health Research.

International travel component

It is a requirement of the scholarship that an international travel component will be completed. Scholars will receive an additional travel stipend to cover the costs of their travel. This stipend will cover travel, accommodation and other associated expenses. Students are expected to use the stipend to complete international fieldwork, attend workshops, courses, conferences and other approved activities. All international travel will need to be approved by the Academic Supervisor, the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation Executive Director and consistent with the ANU Travel Policy.

Updated:  7 November 2018/ Responsible Officer:  Foundation Director/ Page Contact:  Sir Roland Wilson Foundation