With more than 4000 research staff and students working together, University of Adelaide generates outcomes that makes our world better. From more sustainable food production to a healthier climate. From improved health and wellbeing to cleaner energy sources. From our own backyard to the farthest shores.

As a member of the Group of Eight, a coalition of Australia's most research-intensive institutions, the University is a destination of choice for highly talented researchers, students, government and industry partners. 

Outstanding research universities share some common characteristics. They respond to emerging global and national priorities, they have access to high-quality facilities and they are surrounded by highly talented researchers and higher degree students. From excellent international rankings (which see us placed in the top 1% of universities worldwide), through to research income success, great people and structure make us outstanding. 

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Key Research Areas

  • Agriculture, Food and Wine
  • Defence, Space and Cyber
  • Health and Biotech
  • Energy and Sustainability

Top Research Centres

  • Waite Research Institute
  • Australian Institute for Machine Learning
  • Robinson Research Institute
  • Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing
  • Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Resources
  • South Australian Immunogenomics Cancer Institute (SAIGENCI) and Environment Institute

Top 5 Research Achievements

  • The UofA's AI technology, based on computer vision and machine learning, is a leader in the world for space application such as space junk pose estimation. The work also includes developing robotic manipulation technology to acquire space debris once located.
  • The UofA leads research into a new plasma-based, space-ready process for the production of agriculture fertiliser. The process will help space travellers to grow their own food. 
  • The largest study into meningococcal B vaccination and herd immunity conducted by UofA has global importance for vaccination programs and policy.
  • The UofA is developing new tools and strategies to help grape growers and winemakers avoid, or mitigate smoke taint which is highly relevant due to the increased risk of bushfires expected to increase with climate change.
  • The UofA has lead collaborative efforts with the Kaurna Australian Aboriginal people to successfully revive their language. The Kaurna language - unheard for nearly 160 years - is now back in daily use.


  • Over 50 Research Centres
  • About 2300 Research Students
  • About 2000 Research Staff/Supervising academics


  • The GOstralia! Research Centre in cooperation with University of Adelaide award exclusive PhD full tution fee scholarships open to all faculties. More information
  • In 2020, the Australian government has committed to invest $20 million towards a new national artificial intelligence and machine learning centre
  • The Australian Government will invest $80 million in 2021 to develop the world-class South Australian immunoGENomics Cancer Institute providing new, more effective and curative approaches to diagnosing and treating cancer.
  • More funding information and application deadline available here.
Exclusive PhD full tution fee scholarships for GOstralia!-GOzealand! students

Das GOstralia! Research Centre vergibt für eine Promotion an der University of Adelaide bis zu vier exklusive PhD-Vollstipendien für den Studienstart 2022/2023. Die Stipendien decken die kompletten Studiengebühren für eine bis 3,5-jährige Promotion sowie die Lebenshaltungskosten für den genannten Zeitraum. Die Bewerbung für Studienplatz und Stipendium läuft ausschließlich über das GOstralia! Research Centre. Die Ausschreibung richtet sich an Bewerber:innen mit sehr guten Studienleistungen, die ihre internationale Forschungskarriere mit einer Promotion an einer der angesehensten Universitäten Australiens voranbringen möchten.

Zielgruppe: Studierende mit Master- oder äquivalentem Abschluss (Diplom, Magister,…) aller Fachbereiche

Dauer: 6 Semester (Verlängerung durch Praktikum um 6 Monate möglich)

Umfang: Komplette Studiengebühren + Lebenshaltungskosten in Höhe von 28.854 AUD pro Jahr + OSHC (Single, Dual oder Family)

Bewerbungsfrist: Vollständige Bewerbungsunterlagen einzureichen bis 31. Juli 2022

Studienstart: Zwischen 1. August 2022 und 30. Juni 2023


Research Projects

ADL Projects