PhD Opportunities within the CIE

Are you an intelligent and creative PhD candidate who wants to work at the forefront of ecological sciences? Besides the current PhD positions listed under “Current Vacancies” there may be opportunities for you in the CIE! Some potential research topics are listed at the bottom of this page [to be added soon], but we also encourage candidates to develop their own projects within CIE’s framework. Browse the members page to find a potential supervisor.

All candidates should contact their putative supervisor in the CIE, before lodging a HDR Scholarship application with Deakin University. In your communication, please include a brief CV and a statement on your research interests.

Deakin University offers PhD studentships to outstanding candidates. Australian Honours graduates with an H1A and score above 85%, and international applicants with several first-authored papers in peer-reviewed Q1 journals are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information on RTP and DUPRS application criteria, process and deadlines, see:

Deakin’s Research Scholarships are valued at approximately AU$27,082 per annum and the program will not incur any tuition fees if completed within the 3 year time frame. In addition, Deakin University covers relocation costs for HDR students for up to AU$1,500 and overseas health cover for international students (for more information:

Alternatively, outstanding applicants may be eligible for Deakin’s Industry PhD scholarships, to work on a particular research project in the CIE, in collaboration with a partner in the public or private sector, local councils and government agencies. These opportunities will be advertised, or you can create your own opportunity by bringing along your industry partner and matching your interest with the interest of a supervisor in the CIE.  Industry partners need to provide cash support to cover half of the PhD scholarship and contribute to research costs.

Students from overseas may also have the opportunity to join the CIE for part of their PhD research project, and receive support from Deakin University through a number of schemes.

Those are available to high ranking students, working on particular projects at partner overseas institutions, and include cotutelle and in-country programs. Students considering this option must have first author papers in high impact international journals.

Funding and awards for CIE PhD students

The CIE and Deakin University endeavour to enable high quality research and create a stimulating environment by providing a large range of internal funding opportunities and rewards. The specific schemes and awards vary each year but amount to up to $11,000 over the course of a PhD candidature.

In particular, the CIE offers up to $6,000 in research funding per HDR candidature, in addition to rewards for outstanding publications, and funding for collaborations and workshops. Deakin University also supports HDR students to present at international conferences (with up to $3,000), and offers a range of prizes and awards within the School of Life and Environmental Sciences (LES) and the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment (SEBE). Opportunities for 2018 are available on the Deakin website: