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Chief of Army Scholars

Applications for 2022 Chief of Defence Force Fellowships are now open.

Prospective candidates must contact their Career Advisor [DPN access required] and discuss their intent to apply before submitting their application.

Part-time personnel are encouraged to apply. Should their application be successful they will be required to undertake Continuous Full-time Service (CFTS) for the duration of their candidacy.


Further information for Chief of Defence Force Fellowships can be found at the following locations:

Application forms and submission process can be found on the Australian Defence College DPN website [DPN access required].

To be considered for this scholarship, applications must be submitted by 30 April 2021 (2359 AEST) for commencement in 2022.


Enquiries can be made using our contact form and selecting "CDF Fellowship".

The focus of the Chief of Army (CA) Scholarships is to enable high preforming individual’s time to invest in academic research of immediate benefit to the Australian Army, both in a broad sense and those that specifically address future warfare and the profession of arms.

The CA annually selects personnel to undertake research or professional development opportunities that will benefit Army from:

  • research that broadly aligns with the Army Strategic Futures Agenda (ASFA)
  • the professional development of scholarship recipients through their exposure to a diverse range of experiences and complex activities not normally available in Army.

The CA Scholarships will be awarded annually to suitably performing Army members of the rank Sergeant to Lieutenant Colonel for the purposes of academic research or professional development. Members who have been previously awarded a CA Scholarship are ineligible.

CA Scholarships will normally be granted in two categories:

  1. Academic Research. The proposed research must demonstrate utility to the Australian Army and, where possible, broadly align with the ASFA. On occasion, the CA may choose to nominate a particular field of research to be undertaken by applicants.
  2. Professional Development. The types of suitable activities or employment under the professional development strand of the CA Scholarship are not prescriptive, but should seek to afford recipients exposure to experiences, activities and learning not normally found in Army. Academic study (that is not research based) falls into the Professional Development strand of the CA Scholarship.

A CA Scholarship is normally approved for a period not exceeding 12 months, however the duration can be flexible to accommodate the completion of academic research requirements.

For further information refer to the Chief of Army’s Directive 01/18 [DPN access required].

Last updated: 17 May 2021 - 5:37am