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PhD Scholarhip Aquaculture

PhD Scholarships on Restorative Aquaculture

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


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  • 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 equivalent level of achievement with other academic qualifications or professional research experience
  • Applications are welcome from both Domestic and International students

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

Eligible programs


Number available



Annual Stipend: $28,092

Annual operating funds: $10,000

Annual Tuition Fees: $28,000

Overseas Student Health Cover (Single Cover): $3,420


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

Prof Nick Paul via email

Assoc Prof Andrew Olds via email

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