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Edith Cowan University (ECU)

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Conserving Critical Seagrass Habitat for Marine Wildlife PhD Scholarship

Key details

$28,000 per annum
Length of Support
3 years

About this scholarship

This PhD project will examine genetic diversity and resilience of seagrass species in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Seagrasses in the Pilbara form critically important habitat, especially for herbivorous dugongs. They are vulnerable to disturbance, yet there is a profound lack of information on how they change and the consequences for species dependent on them.

This project forms part of a collaboration with our partner, the Department of Parks and Wildlife (WA), to assess seagrass habitat across the Pilbara and its interaction with dugong foraging. The improved understanding of the resilience of seagrass habitat and its interactions with dugongs will underpin management of critical habitat and endangered fauna in WA. The successful applicant will be a member of the dynamic Centre for Marine Ecosystems Research in the School of Science. The scholarship includes a stipend of $28,000 per annum to be paid fortnightly via electronic funds transfer.for up to 3 years.

At a glance

  • This scholarship is open to individuals who are future and current ECU students.
  • In order to apply for this scholarship you must have a course application in the ECU system.
  • Questions about this scholarship can be directed to scholarships@ecu.edu.au.

Eligibility guidelines

To be eligible applicants must have met the minimum requirements below:

  • Have been made an unconditional offer of place in an ECU higher degree by research course*

And at least one of the following:

  • Completed an Australian first class Bachelor Honours Degree (H1)*.
  • Completed a Master’s Degree with the equivalent of at least 6 months full time research and a minimum course weighted average of 70%*.
  • A current research doctoral enrolment with a timely Confirmation of Candidature.
  • Completed your first year of an ECU Integrated PhD (J42) with a minimum course weighted average of 80%*.
  • Produced at least one of the research outputs below as the sole or first author:
    • refereed article in a scholarly journal
    • refereed full written conference publication
    • scholarly research book or book chapter
    • commissioned or peer reviewed creative work, or refereed exhibition of creative artefacts
    • creative or design work that has received respected public/industry reviews in state or national/international media;
    • creative or design work that is the recipient of a grant from authorised philanthropic trusts and/or state and federal arts funding body

Special exemption from the above requirements may be granted by the Associate Dean (Research) of the relevant School where an adequate case has been made by a potential supervisor.

*If you have submitted an application for course entry and have not yet been issued an offer, or you are currently enrolled in a Bachelor Honours Degree, a Master’s Degree or Integrated PhD you can apply for this scholarship and your application will be assessed conditional on achieving the minimum requirements.

You are not eligible to apply for this scholarship if any of the below apply:

  • You have been given entry to the ECU Integrated PhD (J42) and you have not yet completed your first year.
  • You have completed an Australian Research Doctorate Degree or equivalent.
  • You have completed a Master by Research and you are seeking admission to an ECU Master by Research.
  • You are have been in receipt of an Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) scholarship within the last two years.

The Scholarship is open to international applicants.


  • Female
  • Male
Eligible Study Fields