Research Scholarships

Scholarships offered through the Graduate School at Southern Cross University are underpinned by three key factors.

Graduate School scholarships form part of Southern Cross University’s overall suite of scholarships  – including many postgraduate scholarships  – offered thanks to our generous private donors, government and industry groups, other stakeholders, and the University itself.

A large boat on the ocean

This project is part of the Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program (RRAP), which is a large-scale collaborative research and development program to advance, test and assess innovative interventions to enhance reef resilience and sustain ecological functions and values.

Closing date:  21 September 2021
Contact: Professor Brendan Kelaher
Email: brendan.kelaher@scu.edu.au 

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Crown of Thorns

Southern Cross University is offering a PhD scholarship to examine how the response of the Crown-of-Thorns Starfish (COTS) to climate change is influenced by what they eat. The candidate will work to generate new knowledge about one of the most important threats to coral reefs, while also gaining skills and experience useful for a career working in or near the oceans.

Closing date:  Until position is filled
Contact: Dr Benjamin Mos
Email: benjamin.mos@scu.edu.au 

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Southern Cross University is offering a tuition fee waiver to study Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare Management.

Closing date: Until position is filled
Contact: Professor Darshana Sedera
Email: darshana.sedera@scu.edu.au 

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Southern Cross University is offering a PhD scholarship to determine the drivers and rates of methane flux from freshwater wetland forests and will employ cutting-edge techniques, including portable greenhouse gas analysers and use of isotopic signatures.

Closing date: Until the position is filled
Contact:  Professor Damien Maher
Email: damien.maher@scu.edu.au

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Human remains - teeth and jaw

Southern Cross University, in collaboration with Agilent technologies ®, is offering a fully funded PhD scholarship to work in the field of archaeo-geochemistry, in particular improving our understanding of hominid exposomes using LA-ICPMS/LA-MC-ICPMS on fossil remains. 

Closing Date: Until position is filled
Contact: Associate Professor Renaud Joannes-Boyau
Email: renaud.joannes-boyau@scu.edu.au

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Domestic and international stipend scholarships providing a living allowance to HDR students recognised for their certain criteria.

Applications for the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) for 2022 have NOW CLOSED 


Information: Australian Government RTP Scholarships Information to Applicants

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Australian Government Research Training Program

Each year, the Australian Government Research Training Program provides scholarship funding to universities to support domestic and international Higher Degree Research (HDR) candidates.

Australian Government Research Training Program Domestic and International Stipend Scholarships - are now closed.

Under the administration of the Graduate School, Southern Cross University offers Higher Degrees by Research candidates the opportunity to apply for scholarships under the Australian Government Research Training Program.

Each year, these domestic and international stipend scholarships provide a living allowance for HDR students recognised for their academic merit, research experience and/or research potential.

Scholarships available

Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Domestic Stipend Scholarships

The Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarship provides a living allowance of AU$28,854 per annum, (2022 rate indexed annually) tax-free, paid in fortnightly instalments.

Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) International Tuition Fee Offset and Stipend Scholarships

The Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) International Fee Offset and Stipend Scholarships are available to international applicants only. This provides a living allowance of AU$28,854 per annum (2022 rate indexed annually) and a Tuition Fee Offset. Students must be enrolled as full-time, on-campus for the duration of their candidature.

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Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research)

Through the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) and administered by the Graduate School, Southern Cross University oversees a number of other postgraduate scholarship options. All Scholarships applications need to be assessed and approved by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) and the Dean, Graduate Studies. For an overview of industry schemes/main funding sources from which our industry partners can leverage, please see Overview of Industry Schemes.  Please see available scholarships below. Or for more information email hdrscholarships@scu.edu.au

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PhD scholarship focused on drone-based monitoring associated with cloud brightening field experiments to reduce coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef

 

We are seeking a high performing PhD candidate with experience using drones and spatial analysis to join our team investigating how cloud brightening can reduce risk of coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef. The candidate will be supervised by Professor Brendan Kelaher and Dr Daniel Harrison (Southern Cross University).

 

This project forms part of the Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program (RRAP), which is a large-scale collaborative research and development program to advance, test and assess innovative interventions to enhance reef resilience and sustain ecological functions and values. The Cooling and Shading sub-program is focused on the evaluation and development of interventions to reduce coral bleaching stress across multiple scales, ranging from individual high value reefs right up to the entire GBR ecosystem.

 

The PhD project will require the use of cutting-edge hybrid drones up to 25 kg, the skills to safely fly missions beyond-visual-line-of-sight and the willingness to go to sea (see figure above). CASA certified training will also be provided to the right candidate.

 

Successful PhD candidates will be based at the National Marine Science Centre, located in Coffs Harbour adjacent to the stunning Solitary Islands Marine Park on the New South Wales Mid-North Coast. They will have the opportunity to work on a large multi-million-dollar three-year research project with a ground-breaking international team that has a strong record of world first achievements. For example our team includes engineers that designed the “Deepsea Challenger” a manned submersible piloted by film director James Cameron to the deepest part of the ocean, the team which currently holds the world record for the longest hybrid multi rotor ‘drone’ flight at over 8 hours, and the researchers that conducted the world’s first outdoor technology test of cloud brightening.

 

Applications are open to Science and Engineering graduates with honours or a MSc. Preference will be given to candidates with an excellent academic record, experience with drones, demonstrated skills in spatial analysis, GIS and R, as well as a collaborative team-focused perspective. The successful candidate who would be available to study in Australia by early 2022. You should possess a driving desire to innovate and explore the boundaries of what is possible. The projects will require a willingness to travel and conduct fieldwork in remote locations aboard research vessels at sea and remote research stations within the Great Barrier Reef.

 

Students will be enrolled through the Higher Degree Research Training Program at Southern Cross University and will be provided a living allowance of AU$28,597 (2021 rate) per annum, indexed annually.

 

Applications Close 21 September 2021. Beyond this date, expressions of interest will still be accepted and may be considered for subsequent rounds.

 

Expressions of interest should be submitted to Professor brendan.kelaher@scu.edu.au with subject line “PhD Application for Cooling and Shading sub Program”.  Please attach a single PDF file that includes: a brief cover letter/statement of interest and experience (one page maximum), a CV including the names and contact details of 3 referees (three pages max), and an academic transcript.

Southern Cross University is seeking enthusiastic students for their doctoral research on Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare Management. The positions will be based in Southern Cross University’s Gold Coast Campus, in Queensland, Australia. Up to three full-time PhD places are available to start in 2021-2022.

Background: This research is designed to explore the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in managing healthcare.  With the increasing potential of AI technologies, healthcare management has been offered substantial opportunities to improve its efficiency, effectiveness, and efficacy. For example, the current circumstances related to COVID-19 demonstrated the wide-spread applicability of AI capabilities in a range of circumstances, including AI‐assisted analysis and modelling helping to reconstruct the progression of an outbreak, predict transmission pathways, trace contacts, and determine impacts of various public health control measures. On the other hand, the use of AI raises increasing concerns from general public, industry and regulatory bodies. Issues of trust and transparency in data-driven and automated decision support are still to be consistently measured and validated for fairness and effectiveness. Similarly, anecdotal commentary suggests that low user acceptance and high degree of resistance for AI-led solutions in the healthcare sector from its primary stakeholders such as clinicians and nurses. The projects are designed to utilise both quantitative and qualitative methodologies to understand, evaluate current issues, mechanisms and procedures and future engagement models relating to AI in managing healthcare better.

Topics of interest include (but, not limited to);

  • Confidence and trust in AI-led decision making
  • AI and managing multi-stakeholder viewpoints in healthcare
  • AI readiness in healthcare workforce and organisations
  • Responsible AI use in healthcare management
  • Increasing AI-led engagement of public healthcare
  • Impact of AI in healthcare sector

Activities: The selected PhD candidates will receive a unique opportunity to engage with a range of industry partners in healthcare management and AI. The successful candidate will be part of a vibrant inter-disciplinary research group that includes researchers from management, information systems and health.  

The work will include:

  • A critical review of existing relevant peer-reviewed scientific literature
  • Conducting case studies on the utility of AI in healthcare management
  • Developing management frameworks and theories for impactful use of AI in healthcare management
  • Travel for fieldwork

What is required: The ideal candidate is highly motivated for scientific business research in the broad topic of digital business transformation. The successful applicant will need to meet the entry requirements to enrol in a PhD at Southern Cross University on a full-time basis, including a second-class Honours degree (or above) or a relevant research masters degree in business, information systems, healthcare management or computer science. Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English as well as excellent communication and team skills are expected. The position is open to both domestic and international applicants currently based in Australia. International applicants currently based overseas are welcomed to apply, however, current Australian Government border restrictions may impact their application.

What is being offered: Successful candidates will be offered a tuition fee waiver and additional funding of up to $10,000 to support research activities.

International candidates are eligible to apply, however, if successful the successful candidate will need to fund their own travel to Australia to commence studies, application fees for any required visa and overseas health cover insurance expenses.

How to apply: Applicants are asked to submit an expression of interest, which must include a short video of the proposed topic of less than 3 mins, a detailed CV, copies of previous research outputs (email to Professor Darshana Sedera at darshana.sedera@scu.edu.au). This project aims to officially start in the last quarter of 2021, but there is some flexibility with the exact starting date (upon mutual agreement). Applications will remain open until filled in 2021.

Applicants are welcome to contact Professor Darshana Sedera (darshana.sedera@scu.edu.au) for an informal discussion and any further information about this opportunity.

Invitation to attend an interview: If your expression of interest is shortlisted, you will be invited to attend an interview. Further details about the interview will be provided in the invitation.

Southern Cross University is offering a PhD scholarship to examine how the response of the Crown-of-Thorns Starfish (COTS) to climate change is influenced by what they eat. The candidate will work to generate new knowledge about one of the most important threats to coral reefs, while also gaining skills and experience useful for a career working in or near the oceans.

Project details: The PhD project will examine how diet influences the response of the larvae of COTS and other invertebrates to climate change. The candidate will contribute to the design and implementation of their project, lead publications arising from their work, and assist in communicating research findings to stakeholders and the public. The project will be primarily lab based, with potential for field work, locally or in remote areas. The candidate will interact with a team of ocean change researchers based at Australian and international universities, with opportunities for network building and collaboration. The candidate will undertake training in modern analytical techniques, such as potentiometric titration, linear and non-linear statistical modelling, and fatty acid extraction and quantification. The candidate will also gain practical skills in the culture of microalgae and the larvae of marine invertebrates.  

Applicants must have a research Masters or Honours degree (ideally 1st class), undertaken in English, in a scientific discipline. Only applicants currently residing in Australia will be considered.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply. Southern Cross University is committed to supporting students from diverse backgrounds in a culturally safe workplace.

The candidate will be based at the National Marine Science Centre at Southern Cross University (Coffs Harbour, Australia). The university is internationally recognised for its world-leading research in the fields of fisheries and oceanography and has a strong marine climate change focus. Coffs Harbour is on the idyllic northern coast of New South Wales. It has a sub-tropical climate with great surfing, fishing, and diving, and easy access to Gondwana rainforest and wilderness areas.

Scholarship details: Scholarships provide a tax-free annual stipend for a 3-year duration at the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) rate. The 2021 rate is $28,597 per year (indexed annually).

Application information: Interested applicants should submit an expression of interest, which must include a CV, copies of previous research outputs, contact details for two referees, and a short statement (< 1 page) highlighting your research background, interests in the topic, and reasons for wanting to do a PhD, to Dr Benjamin Mos benjamin.mos@scu.edu.au. Applications are open until position is filled.  This project aims to officially start in the third quarter of 2021, but there is some flexibility with the exact starting date (upon mutual agreement).

Invitation to attend an interview: If your expression of interest is shortlisted, you may be invited to attend an interview. Further details about the interview will be provided in the invitation.

Seeking fully-funded 3-year PhD candidate to investigate methane emissions from Australian wetland trees

Southern Cross University is offering a PhD scholarship to investigate methane emissions from Australian wetland trees

Project Description

Wetlands are among earth’s most efficient ecosystems for carbon sequestration, yet this capacity can be offset by emission of methane (CH4). Recent research indicates that wetland trees can be an important pathway for methane emissions in some systems (1). Various aspects of this pathway are largely unquantified and there are many dimensions that remain relatively unknown (2). Hence, this emerging topic has considerable scope for significant new discoveries (3-7).

This project involves determining the drivers and rates of methane flux from freshwater wetland forests and will employ cutting-edge techniques, including portable greenhouse gas analysers and use of isotopic signatures. Investigations will include exploring the spatial, temporal and seasonal CH4 dynamics of tree-stems with a view to furthering our understanding of key processes, drivers and their overall significance in methane budgets.

We are offering an opportunity for an excellent PhD candidate to work with Professor Damien Maher, Professor Scott Gregory Johnston and Dr Luke Jeffrey on this innovative project that will explore tree-mediated methane emission in Australian forests. The successful student would be part of a vibrant research group located in subtropical Australia (Lismore) and supported by a 3 year Australian Research Council Discovery Project grant (DP210100096). Candidates will undertake / participate in both field-based investigations and controlled laboratory-based studies in a variety of Australian forest types under varied seasonal conditions.

Expressions of Interest are invited from outstanding and enthusiastic graduates with a first-class honours degree or Masters degree or equivalent in Environmental Geochemistry.

  • The applicant’s qualifications should include experience studying environmental systems via field experiments, ideally with some experience using automated greenhouse gas analysers.
  • Very high degree of proficiency in both written and spoken English (strict criteria apply for non-native English speakers).
  • Experience in collecting field data and capacity to undertake independent fieldwork.
  • The applicant’s academic background must be strong enough to qualify her/him for a scholarship, stipend and fee (tuition) waiver.

Funding Notes

Successful candidates will be offered a full-time PhD position and the project includes scholarship at the Australian Research Training Program rate; (the 2021 rate is $28,597 per year, indexed annually), fee-waiver and an additional stipend to cover research costs of up to $5000 AUD pa will be available. Contingent on satisfactory performance, this will be extended to a total period of 3 years. Applications must include a CV, academic grade transcripts, copies of previous research outputs and a cover letter outlining a summary of your research experience, your reasons for wanting to do a PhD and information on how your skills will be relevant to the project.

Please enquire to Professor Damien Maher (Damien.maher@scu.edu.au)

PhD Scholarship in Archaeo-geochemistry: ISOTOPES AND TRACE ELEMENT IN HUMAN REMAINS

Primary Supervisor: Associate Professor Renaud Joannes-Boyau

Background: Southern Cross University, in collaboration with Agilent technologies ®, is offering a fully funded PhD scholarship to work in the field of archaeo-geochemistry, in particular improving our understanding of hominid exposomes using LA-ICPMS/LA-MC-ICPMS on fossil remains. The PhD will contain both robust methodological and palaeoanthropological components. Several projects are available and shortlisted candidates will be offered specific projects, depending on skills and interests. We welcome candidate with particular human evolution interest to develop their own PhD proposal.

This scholarship represents an opportunity to complete a PhD and conduct a program of research on isotopes and trace element analytical research in human remains

The PhD student will work alongside scientists from Australia, USA, Germany, France, China and/or South Africa depending on the research topic, and who will contribute and provide guidance on characterisation techniques, trace element and isotopic analyses, dental anatomy, and/or human evolution.

The PhD candidate will be based in Australia, at Southern Cross University Lismore campus, (Northern NSW, close to Byron Bay), in the Faculty of Science and Engineering and will be part of the Geoarchaeology and Archaeometry Research Group

Eligibility: The position is open to all domestic applicants and international applicants currently based in Australia. International applicants currently based overseas are welcomed to apply, however, current Australian Government border restrictions may impact on their application. The successful applicant will need to meet the entry requirements to enrol in a PhD at Southern Cross University on a full-time basis, including a BSc (Hons, 2nd class or above) or a MSc degree with a research component, in either Earth science, (geo)chemistry, environmental science or related fields.

Ideally, candidates will have some experience in geochemistry and either knowledge or a strong interest to work on human/primate evolution problematic. Candidate with experience with LA-CIPMS or Multicollector ICPMS from a different field of research such as medical geochemistry or related field are also strongly encourage to apply. Candidates with experience with matlab, R or similar packages is a plus.

Location: The successful applicant will be based in Lismore, New South Wales.

How to apply:  Please send your CV (2 pages max), a cover letter explaining your interest in and suitability for this scholarship (1 page), degree transcripts/certificates, details of two referees, and any other relevant research documents (e.g., publications/theses) in one PDF file via email to: renaud.joannes-boyau@scu.edu.au Please quote the PhD title in the subject line of the email.

  1. Outcome of expression of interest: You will be notified of the outcome of your expression of interest by email after the closing date.
  2. Invitation to attend an interview: If your expression of interest is shortlisted, you will be invited to attend an interview. Further details about the interview will be provided in the invitation. Interviews will take place online via Zoom.

The successful candidate will receive a PhD stipend for a 3 year duration at the Australian Research Training Program rate (the 2021 rate is $28,597 per year, indexed annually).

Closing Date: Until position is filled 

Interviews:  (TBA)

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New Project Scholarships (1)

A three-year PhD scholarship stipend at the current Australian Government Research Training Program base rate of AU$28,597 per annum, indexed annually. This is for successful projects where the external funding amount to Southern Cross University (net) is a minimum of $150K total within three years.

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New Project Scholarships (2)

Co-funded 50 per cent of a postgraduate scholarship stipend (two years for Masters or three years for PhD) at the current Australian Government Research Training Program base rate of AU$28,597 per annum, indexed annually). This scholarship applies where an external funding body on a Category 2 or Category 3 project co-funds 50 per cent of the total scholarship stipend.

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Linkage Scholarships

3-year PhD scholarship stipend at the current Australian Government Research Training Program base rate of AU$28,597 per annum in 2021 - indexed annually). This is for a successful contracted ARC Linkage project (LP19) round project in which Southern Cross University is the lead.


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