PhD scholarship: Ecology and management of the citrus gall wasp (Bruchophagus fellis)


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Agriculture and Environment, Science and Mathematics
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship
Scholarship value $35,000 per annum, indexed annually
Scholarship duration Three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances
Opening date 13 November 2020
Closing date 4 January 2021


Supervisor – Associate Professor Michael Furlong

The Australian citrus industry is Australia’s second most valuable export horticultural crop, valued at approximately $800 million per annum. The major production regions are in the Riverland (South Australia), Murray Valley (Victoria and New South Wales), Riverina (New South Wales) and the Central Burnett region (Queensland). The Citrus gall wasp (CGW; Bruchophagus fellis) is a native galling wasp that is one of the most important insect pests of citrus in Australia. Historically, CGW has been a problem in northern New South Wales and southeast Queensland but it has become widespread in southern Australia, threatening the viability of Australia’s orange production in the area. Current management approaches are not considered fully satisfactory and some options may become unavailable in the future due to withdrawals of registered chemicals. Project aims to improve management of CGW Australia by better understanding of the biology and ecology of the pest.

A working knowledge of entomology and a particular interest in applied ecology would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

School of Biological Sciences

The successful candidate will join the applied entomology research group in the School of Biological Sciences and work closely with collaborating scientists at NSW-DPI. The advertised scholarship is well aligned with other research projects in the lab, where current students investigate the biological control of insect pests and weeds, the chemical ecology of plant-herbivoreparasitoid interactions and insect-pathogen interactions. The School of Biological Sciences offers all HDR students international conference travel awards, a regular seminar series that includes high-profile invited international speakers, skills development courses in areas including statistics and oral communication and provides access to tutoring opportunities.


To be eligible, you must meet the entry requirements for a higher degree by research.

Applications are closed.

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How to apply

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  1. Select ‘My higher degree is not collaborative’
  2. Select 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'.
  3. Select ‘Other’, then ‘Research Project Scholarship’ and type in ‘FURLONG WASP’ in the 'Name of scholarship' field.

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Selection criteria

Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant’s previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field/s of biology, ecology, entomology and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of field experience is highly desirable.

Applications are closed.


Associate Professor Michael Furlong
+61 7 3365 4822
Applications are closed.

Terms and conditions

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A domestic part-time student with carer’s responsibilities, a medical condition or a disability, which prevents them from studying full time may be eligible for scholarship consideration, on a case by case basis.

Applications are closed.