The Australian National University (ANU) has teamed up with the ITER Organisation to offer an ITER-aligned research training scheme to attract talented research students.

Discipline fields span mathematics, physics, computer science, engineering and energy economics. Projects will be guided through ITER Science Fellow, Professor Matthew Hole, and/or ITER Organisation staff, with a special topics course “The Science of Toroidal Magnetic Confinement” offered to bring students to the forefront of the field.

Who can apply? 

Students applying for PhD scholarship and/or admissions
Existing ANU PhD students (less than 9 months in) who join the project of activity
International research masters students, who are on-track to join the ANU for a PhD (must have ANU supervisor commitment to stipend)

Prospective applicants are invited to send an expression of interest to Professor Matthew Hole via email at, who will provide regular updates on when the scheme commences this year.

Travel support is available for students to attend training at ITER or an ITER-relevant lab.

For more information, visit the ANU-ITER Research Training Scheme website here.

What is ITER?

ITER (“The Way” in Latin) is the world’s largest fusion experiment.

In southern France, 35 nations are collaborating to build the world’s largest tokamak – a magnetic fusion device that has been designed to prove the feasibility of fusion as a large-scale and carbon-free source of energy based on the same principle that powers our Sun and stars.

The experimental campaign that will be carried out at ITER is crucial to advancing fusion science and preparing the way for the fusion power plants of tomorrow.

ITER will be the first fusion device to produce net energy. ITER will be the first fusion device to maintain fusion for long periods of time. And ITER will be the first fusion device to test the integrated technologies, materials, and physics regimes necessary for the commercial production of fusion-based electricity.