PhD scholarship: Ecophysiology of feeding under stress in salmonids


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 $28,092 per annum (2020 rate), indexed annually
Scholarship duration Three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances
Opening date 25 August 2020
Closing date 1 October 2020


An opportunity is available to work on a CRC-P-funded project at UQ in conjunction with Ridleys Aquafeeds, Deakin University and CSIRO to assess the physiological responses of salmon to the combined pressures of thermal and hypoxia stress, and the implications for fish feeding, digestion and immune function. The projects will examine how changes to the diet can influence digestive costs and trade-offs for other physiological processes.

Digestive processes (e.g. capture and mechanical breakdown in the stomach, nutrient assimilation, waste excretion) can account for as much as 20% of the energetic budget of an animal, and so represents a significant physiological pressure particularly for animals living at their environmental extremes. If optimised effectively, managing or reducing the energetic cost of digestion can provide an avenue for improving production efficiency and growth rates for aquaculture species. This project will quantify the energetic costs of digestion in salmon under varying combinations of temperature and low oxygen levels to understand how physiological performance is/may be constrained by current and future environmental conditions. The project will also examine how feeding frequency, meal size and diet composition affect the cost of digestion.


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

Before you get started

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How to apply

To apply for admission and scholarship, follow this link. There is no separate application for scholarship because you will have the opportunity to request scholarship consideration on the application for admission.

Before submitting an application you should:

When you apply, please ensure that under the scholarships and collaborative study section you:

  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 ‘SALMONIDS’ 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 animal ecophysiology, aquaculture, animal nutrition and/or animal health and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of aquaculture and/or physiological research is highly desirable.


Professor Craig Franklin
+61 7 3365 2355

Terms and conditions

Read the policy on UQ Research Scholarships.

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.