Institute for Land, Water and Society scholarship (AGRTP)

The Institute for Land, Water and Society is a multi and trans-disciplinary Research Centre. In partnership with government and others, it undertakes biophysical, social and economic research to address local, regional, national and global issues. Its 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.

For this current round the ILWS has selected 2 projects for the upcoming scholarship and so applicants will need to express an interest in either of these projects to be considered for a scholarship. The 2 projects are:

Further information about ILWS is available at and its research activities at

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

    The opportunity is only open to Australian citizens, Australian residents or those eligible to study in Australia under the commonwealth research training program. The candidate must also be able and willing to travel to South Africa. Please check your availability to apply prior to submitting an application. To be awarded an Institute for Land, Water and Society scholarship for this project, we are also seeking candidates who meet all of the standard conditions, plus the additional criteria:

    - A strong record of publication with international experience outside Australia;

    - A background in ecology or chemistry;

    - Understanding of catadromous and potamodromous fish movements;

    - Experience working in a dynamic interdisciplinary environment;

    - Have experience tracking movements of fish in large freshwater river systems using telemetry equipment and the associated

    analysis of data emanating from this;

    - Experience with freshwater fish sampling equipment

    The candidate will be enrolled in the Institute of Land Water and Society at the Albury-Wodonga Campus of Charles Sturt University under the supervision of Associate Professor Lee Baumgartner. The primary place of employment can be either, by negotiation, at the Narrandera Fisheries Centre or Albury Campus of Charles Sturt University. Fieldwork will be essential at various sites across NSW and South Africa.

  • Award value

    The scholarship provides the following benefits:

    Stipend: This scholarship is valued at $27,596 per annum, payable in fortnightly instalments.

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

    Operating Funds: Scholarship recipients are allocated an allowance per session of enrolment to assist with the reimbursement of costs associated with the candidate's research.

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

  • Scholarship duration

    The scholarship is tenable for three years for Research Doctorate studies subject to satisfactory progress.

    An extension of up to six (6) months may be granted for Research Doctorate candidates, 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.

Application closing date

Applications for the 2019 domestic scholarship round have closed.