University of the Sunshine Coast PhD Scholarship | Fully Funded

PhD Scholarship: The University of the Sunshine Coast is inviting application from International students for a PhD level programme in the field of Restorative Aquaculture at the University.

The fully-funded Scholarship is available for two outstanding PhD candidates, who will work towards evaluating the potential of restorative aquaculture to reverse human impacts on coastal marine environments, through the co-culture of seaweed and shellfish within the Moreton Bay marine park. The scholarships align with an FRDC funded project on the economic, environmental and social benefits of aquaculture.

Project Objectives

The objectives of the PhD projects are to assess the broader environmental benefits and impacts of restorative aquaculture by assessing:

The benefits and impacts of existing shellfish aquaculture on the surrounding marine ecosystems as a baseline for restorative aquaculture

  1. The ‘spill-over’ benefits of seaweed aquaculture on the surrounding marine ecosystem, including enhancement of fish habitat, water quality improvements and blue carbon.
  2. Economic and environmental trade-offs in the co-culture of shellfish and seaweeds in the design of restorative aquaculture systems

University of the Sunshine Coast PhD Scholarship Details

Host University: University of the Sunshine Coast

Eligible programs: PhD

Number Available: 2

Scholarship Value

  • Annual Stipend: $28,092
  • Annual operating funds: $10,000
  • Annual Tuition Fees: $28,000
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (Single Cover): $3,420

Eligibility

  • Be accepted into a Higher Degrees by Research program at the University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Not have an equivalent qualification to the one for which they are currently applying
  • Have a First-Class Bachelor Honours Degree, or show an equivalent level of achievement with other academic qualifications or professional research experience
  • Applications are welcome from both Domestic and International students
  • demonstrated academic excellence in ecology, biology or a related discipline relative to career stage and a strong commitment to improving the world with science
  • have the capacity to work with a diverse range of people and stakeholders as part of a large, multidisciplinary team.
  • Strong quantitative, statistical and programming skills (preferably R) are desirable and
  • have fieldwork experience and an interest in broader communication of research findings.

Selection Criteria

  • Undergraduate degree
  • Research training degree (First Class Honours or equivalent)
  • Research publications
  • Demonstrated academic excellence in ecology, biology or a related discipline relative to career stage
  • Strong commitment to improving the world through science
  • Ability to work with diverse stakeholders as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Strong quantitative, statistical and programming skills (preferably R)
  • Fieldwork experience and relevant qualifications
  • An interest in science and communication

Application

To apply: Prior to completing an official application, applicants are required to contact the supervision panel to discuss the project.

  1. If you are not a current USC HDR student, complete an application for program admission following the directions on the HDR Applicants page.
  2. Apply for the scholarship

Prior to completing an official application and for specific information about the research project, please contact one of the below supervision panel members.

Dr. Alexandra Campbell via email acampbe1@usc.edu.au

Prof Nick Paul via email npaul@usc.edu.au

Assoc Prof Andrew Olds via email aolds@usc.edu.au

Visit The Official Website For More Information

Deadline: Applications close 4 pm 30th September 2020.

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