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Project Tarsier, a large-scale reforestation project, has exciting opportunities for new PhD students!

We have four PhD scholarships at UniSC related to one or more of our eight key research themes:

  1. Reforestation project design and funding
  2. Stakeholder engagement in reforestation
  3. Afforestation, reforestation, and revegetation systems
  4. Livelihood projects to support reforestation
  5. Socioeconomic aspects of reforestation funded by carbon credits
  6. Using remote sensing in reforestation carbon projects
  7. Carbon stocks and accumulation in reforestation
  8. Policy and governance

Details on the scholarships are available in the links below. Applications are open until Feb 29th 2024.

1) Scholarship on Silviculture and Carbon Accumulation in Reforestation Systems

2) Scholarship in Economics in Reforestation Funded by Carbon Credits

3) Scholarship on Social Sciences in Tropical Reforestation and Carbon

4) PhD Scholarship in a Reforestation Project – for applicants from the Philippines only on topic related to any of the eight key themes above

For information regarding UniSC requirements for PhD application, please visit the UniSC website:

For information about the project or the scholarship, please contact Liz Ota,



PhD students are crucial to the ongoing success of the project.

Students are part of a large research group comprising senior Australian, Filipino, and other international researchers.

Being part of Project Tarsier as an HDR student provides great opportunities for collaboration, networking, and learning. Students will be supervised by the project team and others from UniSC, VSU and elsewhere, as appropriate.

PhD students must be based on the Sunshine Coast and be able to carry out field work in remote conditions for up to two months at a time if required. We work in and value a multicultural environment and cultural sensitivity and awareness is essential.

PhD projects will be around one or a subset of the following key themes:

Project Tarsier will address key knowledge gaps from the site level up to the global policy arena to advance efforts towards the Sustainable Development Goals related to equity, poverty reduction, climate change mitigation and adaptation, wellbeing, food security, and biodiversity conservation. The project is likely to have a substantial impact on the practice of reforestation and guide national and international policy initiatives.

Priority PhD projects

The following scholarships are open for application. However, we encourage potential PhD students with a strong track record interested in developing a PhD thesis on any of the eight key areas listed above to contact the project team at any time.

PhD Scholarship — for Filipino applicants only: opening soon

This position is open for Filipino students only. The topic of research is within any of the eight key themes of the project. Students are encouraged to contact the project team to discuss their interests. Filipino nationals can also apply for the other projects open to any nationality.

Prospective students interested in any of the areas of the priority projects or key themes of the project, are encouraged to contact us.