PhD in social dimensions of global change research between USC and Brock University

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PhD in social dimensions of global change research between USC and Brock University


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A PhD student opportunity in the area of social dimensions of global change has been developed in response to on-going collaboration between the University of the Sunshine Coast (Australia) and Brock University (Canada).

Researchers from the Sustainability Research Centre at the University of the Sunshine Coast and the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre at Brock University, have been collaborating in the areas of global change, sustainability and resilience research for several years, which has now been formalised through a Memorandum of Understanding. To further strengthen this collaboration, a strategic PhD scholarship has been established in the area of the social dimensions of global change. The PhD student will enjoy supervision by researchers from both USC and Brock and will spend time at both universities.

The successful student will be entitled to: (i) tuition fees scholarship; (ii) annual stipend plus top-up (current combined value of $36,288 pa in 2016); and (iii) travel and operating budget of $5,000 pa.

For more information please contact Professor Tim Smith, Director, Sustainability Research Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast via email

To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must:
    • hold a bachelor degree with First Class Honours or be assessed by USC as having an equivalent level of attainment;
    • not hold an equivalent HDR qualification to that being applied for;
    • not be receiving an equivalent scholarship, or salary providing a benefit greater than 75 percent of the APA stipend rate to undertake the HDR
    • recipients must maintain satisfactory progress as a full-time higher degree by research candidate at the University of the Sunshine Coast
Selection criteria:
  • Undergraduate degree
  • Research alignment (to the SRC and ESRC)
  • Publications
  • Most recent and relevant degree
Eligible programs:
Doctor of Philosophy
Number available:
Stipend commensurate with the APA rate (2016 rate - A$26,288) plus a top-up of $10,000 per annum, Tuition Fees and Overseas Health Cover for the standard duration of the program.
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