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CDU - Higher Degree Research Scholarship information has been updated.

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PhD Top-up Scholarships in Freshwater Fish Ecology in Northern Australia

As part of a new Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage project investigating the resilience of freshwater fish in northern Australia to environmental change, Charles Darwin University (CDU) and the University of Western Australia (UWA) are offering two PhD stipend top-ups ($10,000 per year, plus operating funds).

Background: Northern Australian rivers are among the most pristine and productive on earth; however, they face profound change due to human activity. Previous research and monitoring of fish in these rivers have demonstrated the diversity of habitat preferences and annual population variability, but little is known about their key life history and ecological requirements. This makes it difficult to confidently assess and manage for the risks that flow and habitat modification, and climate change will pose to fish populations and fisheries in the future. Emerging evidence suggests that flexibility in functional traits (e.g. life history, physiology, behaviour, diet) may result in resilience to environmental change.

We are seeking candidates for two PhD projects as part of an ARC Linkage project “Forecasting fish resilience to environmental change in northern Australia”. The project is a partnership between the Northern Territory Government and four Universities: CDU, UWA, Griffith University and the University of Washington (USA).


1. Fish Recruitment Ecology (offered at CDU). The aim of this research will be to investigate the influence of flow on the habitat use, growth and movement of the early life stages of freshwater fish in tropical river systems. [Lead Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Alison King (CDU)].

2. Trophic Ecology of Fish (offered at UWA). The aim of this project is to examine the influence of flow regime on intraspecific and interspecific variability in the diets of freshwater fish in tropical river systems. [Lead Supervisor: Prof. Michael Douglas (UWA)].

Flexibility exists for expanding on and developing new research areas in this general theme.

Positions: Candidates will apply for an Australian Postgraduate Award (AU$25,849 p.a. tax free) and will also receive an additional top-up stipend (AU$10,000 p.a.). Project operating funds will also be available. The successful applicants will be jointly supervised by a team of Internationally recognised, highly experienced researchers including: Assoc. Prof Alison King (CDU), Prof. Michael Douglas (UWA), Assoc Prof. David Crook (CDU), Assoc. Prof. Mark Kennard (GU) and Prof. Julian Olden (UW).

Eligibility: Applicants should have an MSc or Honours Degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline, be prepared to start full-time candidature in 2016, and meet the requirements of an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA).

Requirements: The projects will involve a significant amount of fieldwork in remote locations and will develop close working relationships with Indigenous Traditional Owners of the region. The applicant will need a high academic record to be competitive. Previous relevant field and laboratory experience is desirable.

To Apply: Enquiries should be directed to Assoc. Prof. Alison King (, Ph. 08 8946 6754) or Prof. Michael Douglas (, Ph. 0408 467 000).

Applicants will be required to apply for an APA and submit, by 31 October 2015:

(i) a full curriculum vitae, including a short statement of your research interests and aspirations

(ii) a copy of your academic record,

(iii) the names and contact details of three referees, and

(iv) an indication of your potential start date.

Northern Research Futures 

Exploring the development of a heat stress warning and management tool for Northern Australia

This interdisciplinary PhD project will develop a tool for the improved communication of heat stress risk and management of individual heat exposure. The project responds to a desire to improve the communication of heat stress risk, particularly during hot and humid weather which is prevalent in the Monsoonal North of Australia. In collaboration with the Bureau of Meteorology, the student will begin to develop a tool that is useful to end-users such as Emergency Services, labour-intensive industries, and the NT Government’s Department of Health.

This scholarship is one of the Key Research Strengths for the Charles Darwin International PhD Scholarships.

Supervision will be drawn from across the partner institutions to provide a high-quality training environment that will enable scholars to achieve high standards of success in their chosen fields whilst contributing to the future planning and development of northern Australia.

Where appropriate, candidates may consider a joint PhD degree experience with both Charles Darwin University and the Australian National University, benefiting from the opportunity to spend time studying at both universities. 

Applicants should have completed a Bachelors degree (Hons, 1st Class or 2A) or a Masters degree with a significant research component; or demonstrated equivalence, such as professional work experience or publication in an appropriate field.

Tenure is for three years full time, subject to satisfactory progress.

For more information (pdf 366KB) please contact Dr Elspeth Oppermann, outlining your suitability for this PhD project.

Applications are due by the 31 October 2015.

There are many organisations that provide Scholarships for people who wish to undertake Higher Degrees by Research. Applicants will normally apply direct to the organisation offering the Scholarship and be required to identify the University at which they will undertake their Degree.

At Charles Darwin University, these are identified as 'External Scholarships'.

The list of opportunities below is not exhaustive but provides some guidance as to Scholarships that are available.

Menzies School of Health Research Scholarships

The following scholarships are currently available:

  • Centre of Research Excellence in Ear and Hearing Health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children (CRE_ICHEAR) 2016 Scholarship Program
  • Menzies's Discover - TT Scholarships

For detailed information, please visit Menzies Scholarship web page.

Charles Darwin University Funding Opportunities web page

Information about Grants, Scholarships (external & internal) and other sources of funding that are relevant to Charles Darwin University Researchers are listed in the order of Closing date in page Funding opportunities.

This is updated on a regular basis.

Other external scholarships

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Research, and professional (executive) research scholarships and fellowships - funded through AusAID and DEST

These schemes are for Australians to travel overseas and for overseas researchers and students to spend time in Australia including AusAID development scholarships, Australian Leadership Awards and Expanded Endeavour Program.

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