Co-Lab Honours Grant


The Australian National University - Australian Signals Directorate partnership (Co-Lab) brings together researchers, academics and technical leaders to solve national security challenges and nurture Australian talent. One of the goals of this partnership is to identify and foster talented students by connecting the academic and technical expertise to develop and realise career potential for our graduates.  
Co-Lab Honours Grants are aimed at students who are interested in a career with the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD). Successful applicants will work alongside ASD mentors and ANU academics in research topics with real-world impact. They will also have access to events and training opportunities that will enable them to be well placed when applying for positions at ASD after graduation. 
Co-Lab values diversity and is committed to ensuring equal opportunity for all students. Every effort will be made to offer equal numbers of Grants to male and female applicants from a diverse background.

Field of Study

The Co-Lab Honours Grant is available to students undertaking a research project during their Honours year that aligns with ASD research interests including the following fields: Mathematics; Engineering; Computer Science; Linguistics; Statistics; Psychology; Sociology; Languages.
Please note that cross-disciplinary projects will also be considered favourably. 
In any given year, there may also be additional areas of focus. For 2022, we are particularly interested in cross-disciplinary projects, and in the following: 

  • Data Science 
  • Cloud computing 
  • Cybersecurity
  • Languages 


The Award is available each year to a prospective or current domestic ANU student who:  

  •  is an Australian citizen; and  
  • receives an offer of admission to or is currently enrolled in an Honours program offered by ANU; and  
  • is undertaking a research project during their Honours year that aligns with the Australian Signals Directorate research interests; and  
  • applies for, is granted and maintains a baseline security clearance (sponsored by the Co-Lab); and  
  • agrees to assign their project Intellectual Property to the University.


In addition to the grant, selected students will also be offered a calendar of events, training and mentoring designed to support and develop the successful candidates. These events may include: 

  • Welcome event
  • Career talks/broader National Intelligence Community seminars 
  • Group mentoring/networking/social events 
  • CV writing sessions/interview techniques training 
  • Science communication training 
  • End of year event where students present their research either by poster or presentation.   

How to apply

To apply for this grant, you will need to provide:

  • Details of your honours supervisor (name, email, phone number)
  • A statement of academic results
  • A one page CV that includes interests, employment history, extra curricular activities and any society memberships
  • Details of an academic referee (name, email, phone number). Note, this can be your honours supervisor. Mobile numbers are preferred, as we will be contacting referees of short listed candidates in late February 2022. 
  • A statement of 300 words or less describing the intended research or technology and the motivation for undertaking research in this area, as well as a comment regarding your interest in working with ASD and the National Intelligence Community. 

When you have gathered this information, applications can be made through the 'Apply Now' button, and will be open from 15th November 2021 to 28th February 2022. 

Further information

Please contact the Co-lab team with any questions at