We have a range of programs for Australian citizens undertaking an undergraduate degree at ANU or another tertiary institution in Australia who have an interest in learning more about research and careers in national security. 


Co-Lab Honours Grant

The ASD-ANU Co-Lab is proud offer 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 ANU honours students to access bespoke training opportunities and network with peers, professionals, and researchers interested in national intelligence and security. There's also $9,500 in funding available for up to 30 students. 

Applicants may be enrolled in any honours program in the University, but must be Australian citizens. The Co-Lab assesses applicants and their proposed projects based on the research interests and needs of ASD at the time, usually favouring those comprising computer science, mathematics, physics, statistics and linguistics.

Applications open on 15th November 2023 and close on 14th February 2024 If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the Co-Lab team at co-lab@anu.edu.au.

Summer Research Scholarships

Summer Research Scholarships are designed for talented students from ANU and other tertiary institutions considering undertaking postgraduate research in the future. They provide an excellent opportunity to carry out real-world research under the supervision of ANU researchers and an ASD mentor utilising facilities and materials not found elsewhere. Please use the links below for current ANU projects on offer:


Ongoing Co-Lab activities you can get involved in:

n-Way Handshake events

At Co-Lab, we run monthly n-Way Handshake networking events for Australian students. These events are an opportunity to hear what it's like in a typical and perhaps not-so-typical working day at ASD, and sometimes cover more technical subjects. ASD experts are available to answer any questions you might have and it's a good way to meet like-minded students and researchers. Come along to learn about the how your program of study can lead to a rewarding and exciting career at ASD. You can sign up for these events here.

Co-Lab Capture the Flag event

Our annual Capture the Flag competition runs during the semester break and features challenges that showcase the work of ASD. Compete in teams and try your hand at vulnerability research, language analysis, adversarial machine learning, cryptography, Open Source Intelligence and more!

Undergraduate research

In addition to our annual Co-Lab Honours Grant and Summer Research Scholars programs, the Co-Lab supports and provides advice on undergraduate research opportunities aligned with ASD, including Advanced Studies Courses. Contact us to express your interest.


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.

Key dates


Application Deadline (Extended): Co-Lab Honours Grant


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