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About this scholarship


Rewilding Innovations - PhD opportunity and ongoing top-up

The Hidden Vale Project in south east Queensland and ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society are pleased to announce exciting PhD project opportunities supported by an annual top-up scholarship of $7,000 for 3 years, plus operating funds.

We are inviting applications to join a collaborative project undertaking cutting-edge research into the restoration of faunal communities, habitat and ecosystem processes in Eastern Australia. PhD projects will be part of the broader long-term Hidden Vale Project, based at the Hidden Vale Wildlife Centre in south east Queensland, where researchers have access to 9,000 ha of research-focussed nature refuge and grazing land, enviable resources ( program) and where students are nurtured to be future leaders in the field.

About the Research
A new full-time PhD opportunity is now available with enrolment at The Australian National University.

The project will focus specifically on rufous bettong (Aepyprymnus rufescens) ecology, such as predator interactions, habitat use and carrying capacity and/or ecosystem impacts, to inform species recovery activities.

Or innovations in wildlife reintroductions and recovery, including addressing threats such as introduced predators, through the development of 'safe havens'.

Both projects will be well supported as part of a larger team of researchers from The University of Queensland and The Australian National University, with opportunities for visits to collaborating labs at each institution. Supervisory teams will be appointed to match the skills of the successful applicants. Projects are anticipated to commence in early 2021.



$ 7,000

per annum

$7,000 per annum top-up for 3 years, awarded when successful candidate secures an ANU approved HDR base stipend scholarship

1 on offer

Payments made fortnightly

Payments made for 3 years


16-Oct-2020 to 23-Oct-2020

  • Student types

    Domestic, Prospective
  • Student levels

    Postgraduate research
  • Number of scholarships awarded

    1 on offer
  • Selection bases

    Academic merit
  • Ongoing eligibility

    Continuation based on maintaining base stipend scholarships

Field of study

Reintroduction biology, conservation biology, ecology



The successful candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Domestic student;
  2. First Class Honours;
  3. Background in Ecology or equivalent;
  4. A recipient of an ANU approved HDR base stipend scholarship;
  5. Enrolling full-time in a program of study for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the Fenner School of Environment and Society; and
  6. Enrolled to complete the research project as outlined in the letter of offer; and
  7. Able to be based for the majority of the PhD near Hidden Vale in Grandchester, Queensland.

Additional information


Successful candidates will be invited to apply for an ANU approved HDR base stipend scholarship at The Australian National University.

Upon confirmation of the base stipend scholarship, a $7,000 per annum top-up scholarship (for 3 years) will be awarded.

Operating funds are also available as part of the broader project.

Interested individuals are invited to submit an expression of interest stating their interests and ideas in this area of research, transcript(s) and their CV, by 23 October 2020.

Email EOI (transcripts and CV) to

Contact us:

icon_human Professor Adrian Manning
icon_human +61 2 6125 5415