Wildlife Conservation Society public health and ecosystem health PhD scholarship top-up


Enrolment status New students, Currently enrolled students
Student type Domestic students, International students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Agriculture and Environment, Health and Behavioural Sciences
HDR funding type Top-up Scholarship
Scholarship value $7,000 per annum with additional financial support to travel to Fiji
Scholarship duration Two years
Opening date 18 September 2019
Closing date 6 January 2020


The state of ecosystems and the health and well-being of people that depend on them are fundamentally linked. Climate change, loss of biodiversity and toxic pollution of ecosystems pose serious threats to biodiversity and the lives and livelihoods of future generations, particularly vulnerable populations living in low- and middle-income countries. One of the most critical short- and long-term threat to the health and wellbeing of Pacific Island people is freshwater quality and quantity, already stressed through population growth, catchment degradation (including land use and soil erosion for surface waters, and contamination of groundwater by agricultural pollutants, heavy metals, microbial pollution) and by salt water intrusion from rising seas levels. An opportunity exists for an outstanding PhD candidate to work on an innovative project that explores the relationships between human health and natural systems, the drivers of ecological change, and innovation solutions to achieve both human and ecosystem health goals.

This project will complement a larger project focused on integrated “up-stream” solutions to prevent, detect and respond to water-related disease, as well as to mitigate degradation of downstream resources and ecosystems on which people rely for nutrition, livelihoods and cultural services. The successful student would be part of a vibrant research group focussing on sustainability challenges. This project is expected to be a portion of a PhD Project (1-3) chapters), with space for other related projects. It comes with a scholarship top-up and travel support to Fiji.


We are offering an opportunity for an excellent PhD candidate to work with Dr Carissa Klein  and Dr Amelia Wenger  in collaboration with the Wildlife Conservation Society Melanesia and Fiji programs on this innovative, multidisciplinary project. Our ideal candidate will have experience tackling public health and ecosystem health questions and will have strong quantitative and communication skills.

Applications are closed.

Before you get started

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How to apply

To be considered for this scholarship, please email the following documents to Dr Carissa Klein (c.klein@uq.edu.au

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Academic transcript/s
  • Response to the selection criteria

Please note the following: Submitting the above documents does not constitute a full application for admission into The University of Queensland's PhD program. If you are selected as the preferred applicant, you will then be invited to submit a full application for admission. You can familiarise yourself with the documents required for this process on the Graduate School's website.

Selection criteria

  1. Demonstrated quantitative skills
  2. Experience in the public health and environmental conservation fields
  3. Willingness to travel abroad
  4. Demonstrated written and oral communication skills
  5. Ability to work both within a multidisciplinary team and independently
Applications are closed.


Dr Carissa Klein
Applications are closed.

Terms and conditions

This opportunity is for a scholarship top-up for students who already have a base living scholarship.

Applications are closed.