PhD with Scholarship Top-Up

Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Scholarship top-up of $6,000 AUD per year, for a maximum of three years.
Aug 31, 2017
Oct 30, 2017
Job Level
Entry level
Employment Type
Full time

PhD with Scholarship Top-Up

Strategic decision-making approaches for the conservation management of the Christmas Island flying fox

The University of Queensland (UQ) is offering a PhD Top-Up Scholarship under the NESP Threatened Species Recovery (TSR) Hub for a quantitative student to work on a decision science approach to the management of an endemic threatened species. The Top-up will provide successful candidates with an additional $6,000 per year for a maximum of three years, on top of their PhD Scholarship stipend from other sources, plus some support funds for fieldwork and attendance at Hub workshops and conferences. Scholarships will be annually renewed for three years, contingent on satisfactory progress.

This top up is part of Project 2.3 which focuses on the conservation management of the unique species of Christmas Island. The project will apply decision analysis for the management of the endemic and threatened Christmas Island Flying-Fox (CIFF) in the face of considerable population uncertainty and multiple potential threats. The project will be supported by information from the comprehensive research program that is already underway on the CIFF under the auspices of the Western Sydney University, the Taronga Conservation Society, CSIRO, and Christmas Island National Park.

The candidate will need a quantitative background and have a good understanding of, or a strong desire to learn, approaches for environmental decision-making. They do not need to be an expert on flying-foxes but an understanding of applying the approaches to ecological systems is preferred.


Applicants must fulfil the PhD admission criteria for the University of Queensland, including English language requirements, and demonstrate excellent capacity and potential for research. Demonstration of research ability through publication output in peer reviewed international journals is desirable. The NESP TSR Hub PhD Top-up scholarships are available to domestic and international students in receipt of UQ Graduate School Scholarship or other funded scholarship and undertaking their PhD study at UQ. The outcomes of the top-up scholarship will be on condition of the recipient receiving an unconditional admission to the University and a full scholarship. For further information on the Basis of Admission to a UQ research higher degree, please visit Successful applicants must accept and commence within 6 months of receiving an award. The scholarship will be awarded for 3 years. Applicants will need to apply for competitive scholarships, as detailed in

To apply

To discuss this role please contact the Project Leader, Dr Eve McDonald-Madden, at Visit for further information on Dr McDonald-Madden's Lab. To submit an application for this role, visit All applicants must supply the following documents: Cover letter and Curriculum Vitae including transcripts. Applications close on 31st of October 2017.