PhD Scholarship - Predicting ice-shelf disintegration using mathematical models

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Open until filled
Payment per year
$28,092 (2020 rate)
Up to 3.5 years for a PhD
Postgraduate Research
Australian Citizens
Australian Permanent Residents
New Zealand Citizens
International Students
Type of Scholarship
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Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences
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About the scholarship

The PhD project is an opportunity to develop mathematical and numerical models of Antarctic ice-shelf vibrations and resulting growth of cracks/rifts, and use the models to predict ice-shelf breakup and disintegration. The research is motivated by compelling evidence that ice-shelf vibrations forced by ocean waves lead to icequakes, major calving events, and trigger catastrophic disintegration. Damage and loss of ice shelves have the alarming potential to cause rapid sea level rise, far above current estimates.

The project involves collaborations in Australia (including the Australian Antarctic Division and Bureau of Meteorology) and overseas (including Colorado, Harvard and Princeton). Opportunities are available for domestic and international travel, to participate in conferences and for research visits.


Applicants must be Australian citizens, Permanent residents of Australia, or onshore international students who are acceptable as candidates for a PhD degree at the University of Adelaide.

Eligible candidates must:

  • Have completed a relevant Bachelor degree with First Class Honours, or a Masters degree that contains a significant (and relevant) research component with equivalent academic performance.  Students who hold a degree in Mathematics, Engineering, Physics or a related field will be considered favourably.
  • The project is appropriate for those interested in dynamics, modelling and computation, and application to Antarctic science.
  • Programming skills in MatLab or equivalent are desirable.

Stipend:  The scholarship will be for 3.5 years and has a stipend of $28,092 per annum - tax exempt (Indexed annually)


Contact Person: A/Prof Luke Bennetts,

School of Mathematical Sciences



Please apply according to the instructions available in the flyer below.

Once your initial eligibility assessment is approved, formally lodge an application for admission via the Adelaide Graduate Centre ‘How to Apply’ link. Application dates are listed on website.

Formal application for Admission must be submitted using the Online Application Form available at:

Please email a summary of your AGC application for admission to A/Prof Luke Bennetts, ( with “Application for Admission and Scholarship PhD Scholarship” in the subject heading.  You can request a copy of your application summary by emailing with the subject heading 'Request for application summary - PhD Scholarship - Predicting ice-shelf disintegration using mathematical models'

Further information on the formal application process, entry requirements for Higher Degrees by Research and admission and scholarship deadlines, please visit the Adelaide Graduate Centre website.