A strategic objective of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes (CLEX) is to transform graduate education in climate science at a national scale. This is where our graduate program, led by Graduate Director Melissa Hart, reaches beyond a single university and aims to develop the technical and intellectual capacity of students engaged in climate science.

Our students are enrolled at one of our five universities but are often supervised across universities, and/or co-supervised by researchers from the CSIRO, Bureau of Meteorology, or one of our international partners. Most students are involved in collaborative projects that span across our universities, partner organisations, and even our research programs. We provide generous travel support for our students to visit our national and international partners.

Outstanding students may receive top-ups above the rates funded via Australian government PhD scholarships from the Centre of Excellence. We are currently offering $10k/year top-ups for students who are successful in gaining Australian government PhD scholarships embarking on a PhD that is focused specifically on climate or weather model development.

We have honours scholarships available for students at one of our five universities and also offer undergraduate summer scholarships for undergraduate students from Australian universities.

Our graduate program provides winter schools, workshops and training courses to educate, train and build relationships for our students.

Our annual winter schools, open to all students regardless of their affiliation with the Centre of Excellence, are high-level education program for honours and graduate students interested in climate science.

We run regular scientific paper writing workshops for students to gain insight and paper writing support from both their peers, and mentors within the Centre. We also run regular training seminars and courses in the use of key software tools, using the expertise of our Computational Modelling Support team.

In addition to our winter schools, workshops and training programs, the graduate program includes a virtual component consisting of virtual seminars and recorded lectures. This material will continue to evolve in the coming years.

For information on how to apply for admission and scholarship to work in our Centre or if you have any questions, contact Graduate Director Melissa Hart at Email: melissa.hart@unsw.edu.au.