Sharks, Skates and Rays in Polynesian Prehistory - PhD scholarship


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students, International students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship
Scholarship value $28,092 per annum tax-free (2020 rate), indexed annually
Scholarship duration Three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances.
Opening date 11 October 2019
Closing date 27 October 2019

Scholarship description

Pacific Island societies depended on the sea to obtain most of their protein. The cartilaginous elements and teeth of sharks, skates and rays (elasmobranch) are ubiquitous in archaeological faunal assemblages, yet their potential for contributing to a more complete understanding of prehistoric subsistence practices has never been assessed. Using assemblages of elasmobranch remains from throughout Polynesia, elements will be identified to lowest taxon using innovative analytical techniques. A contrasting analysis of island types and their elasmobranch assemblages will be used to understand the importance of sharks, skates and rays in Polynesian prehistory.


To be eligible to apply you must meet the entry requirements for Higher Degrees by Research at UQ, please visit the Graduate School's website.

Applications are closed.

Before you apply

If this scholarship has rules, download and read them before applying.

How to apply

To apply for admission and scholarship, follow the link in the upper right of this page. There is no separate application for scholarship and you will be given the opportunity to request scholarship consideration on the application for admission.

Prior to applying, check your eligibility and prepare your documentation.

You must also contact Professor Marshall Weisler ( ) to discuss your suitability for this scholarship prior to submitting an application.

Please ensure that you

  1. select 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'
  2. enter in the free-text field 'skates' 
  3. list the enrolling unit as the School of Social Science
  4. enter Professor Marshall Weisler as your supervisor

Selection criteria

Academic background or interest in fauna studies and Pacific Island Archaeology.

Applications are closed.


Professor Marshall Weisler
+61 7 3365 3308
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Terms and conditions

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.

Applications are closed.