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Who is it for?

Future PhD candidates, Future graduate researchers

Where is it available?



Doctoral research scholarship awarded to outstanding candidate to undertake research in the evolution and function of animal reproduction.

This scholarship will be awarded to outstanding applicants who are interested in discovering how vertebrate animals successfully reproduce in changing environments. It will combine molecular biology, thermal ecology, and physiological techniques to understand how evolution and local environments shape vertebrate animals’ abilities to successfully reproduce.

As an applicant you should have an interest in evolutionary biology, transcriptomics, animal physiology, and ecology. Your project will address questions relevant to human health, especially molecular discovery, as well as conservation, and thus has significance for Australia’s long-term future.

Benefits of the scholarship include:

  • a La Trobe Research Scholarship for three and a half (3.5 years) years, with a value of $27,596.00 per annum, to support your living costs [2019 rate]
  • a fee-relief scholarship (LTUFFRS) for four years to undertake a PhD at La Trobe University (international applicants only)
  • opportunities to work with La Trobe’s outstanding researchers at the La Trobe Institute of Molecular Science and Centre for Freshwater Ecosystems.

Are you eligible to apply?

To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, applicants must:

  • have a Masters by research degree in either biology, molecular biology, ecology, or biochemistry, completed within the last ten years assessed at a La Trobe Masters by research standard of 75 or above; or equivalency based on an Honours or other minor thesis as determined by the Academic Entry Requirements in La Trobe University’s Graduate Research Admissions Policy.

How to apply

If you wish to apply a PhD scholarship, follow these steps:

  • contact Dr. James Van Dyke via email ( indicating that you wish to be considered for the “Applied Animal Physiology Scholarship”.
  • when you have received in-principle agreement for supervision, complete and submit your application to the La Trobe Graduate Research School ( by 20th September 2019 for admission into La Trobe’s PhD program, indicating you wish to be considered for the “Applied Animal Physiology Scholarship”.

International candidates must apply by the 20 September, sending their completed application to:

The University will carefully review your application and consider you for the “Applied Animal Physiology Scholarship”. You will be advised of an outcome in December 2019 if you are unsuccessful for an the “Applied Animal Physiology Scholarship”.

Who to contact for further information

Dr. James Van Dyke,