per annum, for three and a half years. Fee relief additional

Opening date

Closing date



Who is it for?

Future PhD candidates, Future graduate researchers, Graduate researchers

Where is it available?


How is it paid?

fortnightly stipend


This prestigious scholarship, established by La Trobe University in partnership with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, will be awarded to an outstanding applicant who is interested in addressing questions related to the ecological impacts arising from changing runoff patterns.

The proposed area of focus is on factors that influence population persistence of aquatic species in unregulated rivers affected by the loss of flow. There is scope to apply a range of novel approaches, including spatial modelling, genetic methods, capture- recapture studies, and/or other suitable techniques to better understand how populations can persistence in non-perennial rivers.

Benefits of the scholarship include:

  • a La Trobe Research Scholarship for three and a half 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)
  • an industry top-up scholarship funded by the Department of Environmental, Land, Water and Planning, with a value of $15,000 per annum
  • opportunities to work with La Trobe’s outstanding researchers, and have access to our suite of professional development programs.

Are you eligible to apply?

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

  • have an Australian Bachelor’s degree with honours year at an H1 standard, or approved international equivalent.

How to apply

If you wish to apply for a Scholarship to work on the effects of climate change on the ecology of unregulated rivers, follow these steps:

  • review details on how to apply for candidature at:
  • send your expression of interest detailing your research interests (300 word maximum) and your Curriculum Vitae to by Wednesday 18th September..
  • when you have received in-principle agreement for supervision, complete and submit your application to the La Trobe Graduate Research School ( by 30 September (international applicants) and 31st October (domestics applicants) for admission into La Trobe’s PhD program, indicating you wish to be considered for an effects of climate change on the ecology of unregulated rivers Scholarship.

The University will carefully review your application and consider you for a scholarship to study the effects of climate change on the ecology of unregulated rivers.

You will be advised of an outcome in September. If you are unsuccessful for a scholarship to study the effects of climate change on the ecology of unregulated rivers.

Who to contact for further information

Research Centre for Freshwater Ecosystems, School of Life Sciences,