Fully Funded Ph.D Scholarship at QUT in Australia

Up to two PhD scholarships will be offered to perform cutting edge research in atmospheric sciences to build the resilience of the Great Barrier Reef.

Application dates

Applications close 30 July 2021

What you’ll receive

You’ll receive:

  • a scholarship of $28,597 per annum, tax exempt for 3 years
  • a full tuition fee sponsorship for international students.

An extension of up to 6 months may be considered, subject to satisfactory progress and budget availability.

As the successful applicant you will be working within the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and collaborating with national and international partners in atmospheric and ocean sciences. During the course of your PhD candidature, you will drive research to significantly extend our current scientific knowledge and help progress interventions designed to help the resilience of the Great Barrier Reef. You can expect to travel to the Great Barrier Reef to undertake field work and to travel to national and possibly international conferences during your candidature.


To apply for this scholarship, you must:

  • meet the entry requirements for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at QUT, including any English language requirements for international students.
  • enroll as a full-time, internal student.

You must also have:

  • an English language IELTS level of 6.5 of higher, with a minimum of 6.5 in written English
  • completed a Bachelor of Science, Engineering or similar degree, preferably majoring in earth or atmospheric science, physics, or chemistry.
  • first class honours or equivalent (including a master’s degree)
  • an interest in multidisciplinary experimental research.

How to apply

You must submit an expression of interest (EOI) for considering before applying for this scholarship.

How to apply for a research degree

The EOI must include:

  • an up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV), including recent IELTS or equivalent score for international applicants
  • academic transcripts
  • a two-page writing sample (e.g. copy of an article, essay or thesis you have completed)
  • contact details for 2 academic referees
  • Dr Luke Cravigan listed as your proposed principal supervisor

For more information about the scholarship or application process please contact Dr Luke Cravigan.

What happens next?

We are seeking to recruit as soon as possible, however the scholarship will remain open until 30 July 2021.


This scholarship is governed by the QUT Postgraduate Research Award terms and conditions.

About the scholarship

We have two PhD scholarships to work as part of the cooling and shading sub-program of the Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program (RRAP). The overall aim of RRAP research is to test novel interventions to help keep the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) resilient and sustain critical functions and values. The cooling and shading sub-program are a multi-disciplinary team working to improve the current understanding and modelling of clouds and radiation over the Great Barrier Reef, and design and test potential interventions.

The PhD projects will undertake research across one (or some) of the QUT-led components of the cooling and shading sub-program. These include:

  • taking observations of the atmosphere over the great barrier reef. Observations will be used to evaluate the performance of atmospheric models and provide ground truthing for satellite-based observations.
  • designing and testing sea salt droplet generation methods that have the potential to be scaled up for implementation over the GBR. Sea salt droplet generation systems will be designed to shade the reef by fogging (directly scattering incoming solar radiation) and marine cloud brightening (changing cloud properties to scatter incoming solar radiation)
  • modelling the dispersion of sea salt droplets through the marine boundary layer and their capacity to scatter solar radiation
  • evaluation of prototype sea spray droplet generation systems in-situ over the GBR.

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