2023 PhD scholarship( Would a future geologist recognise the 6th mass extinction?) at QUT Australia

Closing date: 31 March 2023

Student type: Domestic and International students are eligible for this scholarship program.

Level of study: Postgraduate, Research and PhD

Study area:Science, technology, engineering and mathematics and Science

Scholarship value: You will receive a living allowance of $30,000 (AUD) per annum, for three years. The scholarship is for full-time study and can be used to support living costs.

A six-month extension to the scholarship is also possible, subject to approval by QUT.

International students will also receive an HDR tuition fee sponsorship, if successful in receiving the scholarship.

Description: The PhD scholarship is available as part of Dr Arian Wallach’s Future Fellowship ‘Counting a Sixth Mass Extinction’ within the Centre for the Environment and School of Biology & Environmental Science.

You will become part of Arian’s new Feral Biodiversity research group dedicated to enquiring how values shape conservation science. The research group will include a total of three PhD students and a Research Assistant and will be interconnected with an international community of scientists and scholars, particularly those working within the field of compassionate conservation.

Our research group will be a transdisciplinary space to explore how our values and cultural norms define biodiversity data, and flow on to shape our understanding of the living world. We will incorporate insights from palaeontology, taxonomy, social science, and ethics to reveal new aspects of biodiversity. Our research will be dedicated to enhancing compassion, paying particular attention to creatures excluded from conservation’s moral world.


  • meet QUT academic and English language entry requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy (IF49)
  • hold a Bachelor degree with Honours or a Masters degree, in a discipline of relevance to the research topic (e.g. social sciences, environmental sciences).

Beneficial experience and qualities include:

  • peer reviewed publication/s, ideally as lead author
  • a masters degree
  • professional experience in area relevant to the PhD
  • excellent skills in data analysis and writing
  • skills in R and GIS
  • commitment to developing critical thinking
  • ethical commitment to multi-species justice
  • alignment with the research areas: ecology, palaeontology, novel ecosystems, and compassionate conservation
  • experience and interest in working with complex biodiversity datasets from conservation and palaeontological sources
  • experience and interest in creating interactive maps
  • interest in transdisciplinary research.

How to apply:  apply online

More info: https://www.qut.edu.au/study/fees-and-scholarships/scholarships/would-a-future-geologist-recognise-the-6th-mass-extinction