Honours and Postgraduate Research

The ASD-ANU Co-lab is proud to launch the first round of the Co-Lab Honours Grant, a unique program designed to accelerate career opportunities and provide highly skilled graduates to meet ASD's growing workforce requirements.

This grant will allow students to access bespoke training opportunities and network with students, professionals, and researchers interested in national intelligence and security. There's also $8,000 in funding available for up to 30 students. 

Applications open on the 15th November 2021 and close on the 16th January 2022. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the Co-Lab team at co-lab@anu.edu.au

What we offer

Co-Lab offers funding for research projects at the Honours, Masters,  MPhil, and PhD levels. These research projects may come from anywhere in the university, comprising computer science, mathematics, physics, statistics and linguistics. However Co-Lab projects will typically align with one of these broad areas:

  • Vulnerability Research
  • Data Science
  • Psychology
  • Cryptography
  • Secure Systems
  • Number theory
  • Statistics
  • Computational linguistics

Our honours students are mentored by ASD technical experts alongside ANU academic supervisors. This allows like minded students to meet and discuss their projects with mentors and academics.

In 2021, our student mentoring groups are organised in three main topics: 

Social Networks: 

We live in a rapidly changing, hyper-connected world of online social networks. Grappling with questions about truth and influence, the group considers where our existing concepts of society can be applied, and where new understanding must be invented. The groups interests span sociology, psychology, and computer science.

Vulnerability Research:

How can we can leverage powerful computers to automatically find software and network vulnerabilities open to exploitation by our adversaries? This group examines state-of-the-art techniques and technologies for analysing software, systems, and communication protocols. The group has interests covering cryptography, software security, automated reasoning, and high-performance computing.

Audio Noise:

Focused on Engineering, this group explores processing of undesirable source signals in noisy voice recordings, using advanced audio noise characterisation and filtration for accelerated Automated Speech Recognition.

You don't have to already be studying at ANU to undertake honours or postgraduate research with us. You will need to have identified a supervisor (but not necessarily a project) to be considered for Co-Lab funding. Your supervisor does not need to have worked with us before - we like meeting new people!

If you're interested in advancing Australia's national interests and working on research with real-world impact, email us today at co-lab@anu.edu.au

Why study with us?

  • Work on a topic of national importance
  • Learn from the best of academia and government through your ANU supervisor and ASD mentor
  • Network with other students and ASD employees - both in regards to your project and future personal career development.

Thinking of Honours at the Co-Lab?


Meet Katelyn Durbin, a Psychology Co-Lab Honours student and recent Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG) Graduate with a passion for improving mental health and resilience in the Australian Defence Forces.

Learn more about Katelyn and her Co-Lab experience here.

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