Joint PhD Scholarships: macroecology & biodiversity conservation

Applications open
July 2022
Applications close
Open until filled
Payment per year
AUD$28,854 per annum (tax free 2022 rate, indexed annually) plus a top up scholarship
3 years
Postgraduate Research
Australian Citizens
Australian Permanent Residents
New Zealand Citizens
Permanent Humanitarian Visa Holders
International Students
Type of Scholarship
Financial Need
Study Abroad and Exchange
Supplementary Scholarships
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Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology (SET)
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These PhD scholarships in macroecology and biodiversity conservation are established jointly by the University of Adelaide and the University of Copenhagen, and funded by the Australian Research Council, the Danish Council for Independent Research and the Villum Foundation.

The Scholarships will support two full time PhD students, commencing in January 2023, who will undertake research in one of the selected areas:

Position 1: Unravelling past mammal declines to improve conservation actions. Full details of this position are available in the attached information sheet.

Position 2: Establishing ecological processes of persistence in Andean birds. Full details of this position are available in the attached information sheet.

Eligibility:  Applicants must hold a Masters degree in ecology, computational science, mathematics, conservation biology and be acceptable as candidates for a PhD degree at the University of Adelaide and University of Copenhagen.

Stipend: The scholarship will be for a total of 3 years and has a stipend of AUD$28,854 per annum (2022 rate, indexed annually) plus a top up scholarship valued between AUD $10,000 in year 1 and AUD $20,000 per annum in years 2 and 3. It is likely to be tax exempt, subject to each Country’s taxation rules.  Details of any terms and/or benefits can be found in the information sheets above. 

Enquiries:  Any questions you may have regarding this position, should be directed to: 

Associate Professor Damien Fordham ( or Professor Carsten Rahbek (

Applying:  Preliminary applications should be emailed to Associate Professor Damien Fordham ( providing the following information:

  • include your résumé/Curriculum Vitae and copies of any published papers
  • address the selection criteria
  • include residency status
  • include the names, addresses and/or email details of two referees

Selected candidates will be provided with information on how to apply for Admission to the PhD program using the Online Application Form.