The University of Newcastle, Australia

Understanding coral reef ecosystem adaptation to ocean acidification in the Pacific

Closing Date: 26 July 2019

PhD Scholarship

Coral reef ecosystems are under increasing pressure due to climate change with rising ocean temperatures leading to ocean acidification. More research is needed to understand how coral adapts to ocean acidification as well as the viability of coral farming and coral restoration to enhance coral reef resilience to ocean acidification.

Coral Reef Acidification

A PhD scholarship is being offered to work with The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) alongside leading coastal and marine scientists at the University of Newcastle to examine ocean acidification, adaptation actions and reef resilience through coral restoration in two Pacific Island nations. The research seeks to build capacity to deal with ocean acidification as part of adaptation and resilience strategies for Pacific communities.

PhD Scholarship details


This scholarship provides a living allowance of $27,596 per annum (2019 rate) indexed annually. The living allowance scholarship is for 3.5 years and the tuition fee scholarship is for four years.

Supervisor: Bill Leggat

Available to: International students


Eligibility Criteria

Candidates are required to:

  • - Meet UON entry requirements in regards to previous qualifications
  • - Meet UON’s English Language Requirements for PhD study
  • - Be a citizen of a Pacific Island nation

Please also refer to the admission eligibility criteria.

Application Procedure

Interested applicants should send an email expressing their interest along with scanned copies of their academic transcripts, CV, a brief statement of their research interests and a proposal that specifically links them to the research project.

Please send the email expressing interest to by 5pm on 26 July 2019.

Applications Close 26 July 2019

Contact Bill Leggat
Phone +61 (02) 4348 4021

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