Destination Australia Scholarship Program 2020 - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Destination Australia Scholarship Program 2020

Destination Australia | Australian Government Department of Education

About the Scholarship

The Australian Government Department of Education and USC have joined together to offer the Destination Australia Scholarships. Our objective is to provide students from Australia and overseas the opportunity to undertake high quality education, training and research while experiencing the best of regional and rural Australia.


Enrolment status

New student to USC commencing in 2020

Open to

International and Domestic applicants

Degree program


Research Field

Science (targeted research areas listed below)

Scholarship value

*$28,092 per year

Number available


Opening date

12 February 2020

Closing date

15 April 2020

Research Area

USC Fraser Coast researchers are working on exciting projects and are interested in taking PhD students in the following areas:


Dr Christopher Henderson

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  • Landscape ecology and spatial diversity in marine ecosystems
  • Ecosystem functioning and trait diversity
  • Conservation and management of marine ecosystems
  • Fish ecology

Dr Kathy Townsend

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  • Impact of marine debris on sea turtles and sea birds
  • Marine animal conservation
  • Manta ray biology and ecology
  • Dugongs, drones and dogs – how to detect marine animals using multiple instrument approaches.
  • Coral reef ecology: Connectivity between land and sea

Dr Bonnie Holmes

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  • Shark and fish biology, ecology, genetics
  • Fisheries-related research
  • Marine mammal ecology and behaviour
  • Invasion biology/ecology in freshwater ecosystems

Dr Gregory Watson

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  • Feeding behaviour and strategies for beach dwelling organisms (from worms to bivalves)
  • Thermal imaging of organisms (how will they cope with climate changes (from crabs to lizards)
  • Are fish left or right handed (‘finned’)
  • Over 30 projects are on offer


Further information can be found on the School of Science and Engineering webpages. Information about studying at USC Fraser Coast Campus can be found here.


The Person

We are seeking outstanding applicants who are interested in undertaking a PhD in a field of science at the USC Fraser Coast Campus. To be eligible the candidate must have:

  • Bachelors Degree with First Class Honours or demonstrate equivalent level of achievement with other academic qualifications or professional research experience;
  • Not hold an equivalent qualification to the one currently being applied for;
  • Undertake a PhD in the field of Science on a full-time basis;
  • Satisfactory progress must be maintained throughout the PhD program;
  • Must be enrolled and study at USC Fraser Coast campus;
  • Maintain ongoing residency in the Fraser Coast region for the duration of the program.


For further information on the Destination Australia scholarship program, please contact the USC Graduate Research Office.

Selection criteria
  • Academic Qualifications
  • Record of research publications
  • Professional research experience

*RTP equivalent stipend for standard duration of the program (3.5 years) with a possible 6-month extension. Tuition fees are covered. If the successful recipient is an International student, Overseas Student Health Cover (single cover) will be included in the scholarship.