AGRTP Institute for Land, Water and Society Scholarship

ILWS is a multi and trans-disciplinary Research Centre at Charles Sturt University. We undertake biophysical, social and economic research to address local, regional, national and global issues. Our researchers are involved in individual, collaborative and commissioned work around Australia and the world.

The AGRTP – ILWS scholarships provide an opportunity for successful applicants to work with leading ILWS researchers on research topics that contribute directly to ILWS research. These prestigious scholarships recognise excellence with stipend top-ups of $6,000 per annum. The total scholarship stipend is valued at $34,092 per annum (2020 rate).

ILWS research is undertaken within four thematic (not mutually exclusive) areas:

Biodiversity Conservation

Research is undertaken by the Institute's terrestrial and aquatic ecologists, working on one or more aspects of biodiversity conservation including landscape ecology, environmental history, vegetation and wildlife ecology, restoration ecology, plant-animal interactions, ecosystem services and native fish conservation. Applicants are encouraged to discuss their own project ideas with ILWS researchers. Example potential topics include:

Can Australian birds detect the odours of native and introduced mammalian predators? Contact Associate Professor Melanie Massaro

Development of drone and Lidar technology to survey roadside vegetation. Contact Associate Professor Peter Spooner

The behaviour response of animals to fire cues. Contact Associate Professor  Dale Nimmo

Dynamics of mistletoes and cherry ballart in woodlands affected by fire and land management on the inland slopes of the Great Divide, and their implications for bird populations. Contact Professor Dave Watson

Tasmanian parrot flat fly populations—following in the footsteps of Maa. Contact Associate Professor Andrew Peters

Alpine crayfish conservation—population structure after bushfire and the need for translocation. Contact Dr Maggie Watson

Environmental Water

This theme is the platform for the Institute's two major water monitoring, evaluation and research programs in the Edward/Kolety-Wakool and the Murrumbidgee river systems. It is also home for the Institute-based Fish Ecology Collaborative Research Unit and fish ecology and irrigation technology projects. Applicants are encouraged to discuss their own project ideas with ILWS researchers. Example potential topics include:

Vegetation responses to surface and groundwater fluxes in intermittent wetland environments (using remote sensing). Contact Associate Professor Andrew Hall

Ecological roles of freshwater mussels in temperate floodplain-rivers. Contact Dr Nicole McCasker on,  Associate Professor Paul Humphries

Effects of an ectosymbiont on yabby hosts. Contact Dr Katie Doyle

Rural and Regional Communities

A wide range of research projects are conducted where the main focus is enhancing the well-being and livelihoods of rural and regional communities. Many projects include a strong social science component. Applicants are encouraged to discuss their own project ideas with ILWS researchers. Example potential topics include:

Workplace belonging, positive employment relationships and individual wellbeing, leading to the promotion of healthy regions and their communities.  Contact: Professor Branka

Sustainable Development (International)

Cross-cutting the three other themes, sustainable development research projects are being undertaken in countries such as Laos, Bhutan, Pakistan and Timor Leste. Applicants are encouraged to discuss their own project ideas with ILWS researchers. Example potential topics include:

Adaptation Options for Salinity in the Southern Indus Basin under climatic change. Contact: Associate Professor Catherine Allan, Dr Michael Mitchell, Dr Jay Punthakey

For more information visit the Institute for Land, Water and Society.

Australian or New Zealand citizens or Australian permanent resident are encouraged to apply for AGRTP-ILWS scholarships, which are awarded to postgraduate researchers with exceptional promise whose research area is relevant to the key research objectives of ILWS. Further information regarding the Australian Government's Research Training Program is available on the Department of Education and Training website.

  • Eligibility

    AGRTP-ILWS scholarships are generally for full-time study towards higher degrees by research. These scholarships are highly competitive, and only applicants who meet the following eligibility criteria will be considered:

    • Commencing a Charles Sturt University HDR program, or currently enrolled
    • Enrolling/enrolled as a full-time student, or in exceptional circumstances, granted Charles Sturt University approval for a part-time scholarship in line with the Charles Sturt HDR Scholarships Policy
    • Undertaking research relevant to the Institute for Land, Water and Society's research pathways

    AGRTP-ILWS scholarships will not be available to those who:

    • Are enrolled concurrently in any other study program, unless it is essential to the success of the HDR, or exceptional circumstances exist and are approved.
    • Are receiving another Commonwealth-funded postgraduate research scholarship

    Charles Sturt will rank scholarship applicants according to a specified criteria. See Scholarship Application Guide for further details.

  • Award value

    The scholarship provides the following benefits:

    Stipend: This scholarship is valued at $34,597 per annum (2021 rate), payable in fortnightly instalments. This includes a supplementary top-up amount of $6,000 per annum which is awarded to the successful applicant at the discretion of the ILWS Director.

    Tuition Fees: Fee exemption for a period equivalent to four years (eight sessions) for PhD/Research Doctorate at full-time study.

    Operating Funds: Scholarship candidates are allocated an allowance to assist with the reimbursement of costs associated with a candidate’s research.

    Relocation Allowance: Scholarship candidates may be eligible to receive a relocation allowance for the cost of relocating themselves, their spouse, and dependants to a Charles Sturt campus, to a maximum of AUD $5,000.

  • Scholarship duration

    AGRTP-ILWS scholarships are tenable for four years for Research Doctorate studies (4 years FTE tuition fee coverage and 3 years FTE for stipend and operating funds allowances) subject to satisfactory progress.

    An extension of up to six months may be granted for Research Doctorates (stipend and operating funds components only), where the candidate is making satisfactory progress and the grounds for the extension relate to the study and are beyond the control of the candidate.

    Scholarship candidates are entitled to 20 paid annual leave working days per year, 10 paid sick leave days per year and may be eligible for up to 12 weeks paid maternity leave with the duration of the scholarship.

Applications for Institute for Land, Water and Society scholarships for commencement in 2022 are currently suspended.

Applicants must apply online via one of the following options. Applications submitted via email will not be accepted.

Prospective candidates

Prospective Higher Degree by Research candidates can apply for an AGRTP ILWS Scholarship when completing their Charles Sturt course admission application.

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Current Charles Sturt HDR candidates

Candidates currently enrolled in a Charles Sturt HDR course must complete a separate scholarship application.

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N.B. Scholarships will be reduced by any periods of HDR study undertaken towards the degree prior to the commencement of the scholarship.