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

  • Biodiversity Conservation
  • Environmental Water
  • Rural and Regional Communities
  • Sustainable Development (International)

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 successful 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 will be at the Port Stephens Fisheries Institute (NSW DPI Fisheries’ primary research institute) under the supervision of Dr Craig Boys. Fieldwork will be essential to various screening pilot sites across NSW, with capacity to utilise laboratory facilities at the Albury campus, at PSFI and a northern Victoria Flow Lab as required.

    Prospective candidates will need to apply via a competitive process. You will require either a First Class Honours or a Masters degree with a research component or many years experience in research with a strong track record of publication. It is also desirable if you: have a background in ecology or engineering; are independent; have excellent writing skills with a track record of publication; have an interest in the subject matter; and are enthusiastic about working in a dynamic interdisciplinary environment.

  • Award value

    The scholarship provides the following benefits:

    Stipend: This scholarship is valued at $30,000 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 Scholarship round have closed.