Scholarship details

Study levels

Postgraduate and Research

Student type

Future students

Study area

Health and community

Eligibility criteria

Academic performance

What you'll receive

You'll receive:

  • a living allowance stipend, tax exempt and indexed annually $28,092 per annum for a period of three years
  • student allocation funding of up to $8,000 towards ancillary project costs, such as conference travel and an IT package.

International students will receive a full tuition fee sponsorship.


Domestic and International applicants are welcome to apply.

You must have:

  • recently completed a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree or equivalent in a relevant field (microbiology, genomics or biochemistry)
  • received first-class honours (H1)
  • a general interest in microbial ecology
  • excellent communication skills, motivation and the ability to work as part of a team.

Ideally you will also have:

  • appropriate laboratory experience in molecular biology, anaerobic culture and/or single cell visualisation techniques
  • experience in bioinformatics.

How to apply

Submit your application to Dr Simon McIlroy.

Your application must include:

  • a cover letter
  • an up-do-date CV
  • a full academic transcript
  • a summary (up to two pages) of your research career to date
  • details of three referees (email, address and contact number).

What happens next?

This scholarship will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.


This scholarship will follow QUT Postgraduate Research Award rules.

About the scholarship

The as-yet-uncultured archaeal lineage Methanoperedenaceae are anaerobic methanotrophs with a key role in mitigating the atmospheric release of methane in freshwater environments. The metabolic diversity of these microorganisms directly links methane with several key biochemical cycles and suggests a remarkable ability of these microorganisms to adapt to diverse environmental conditions. The overall aim of this PhD project will be to uncover the metabolic diversity of the Methanoperedenaceae and to understand the evolutionary mechanisms responsible for these adaptations. The project will utilise cutting-edge meta-omic and single cell visualisation techniques. The world-class facilities of the host centre include state-of-the-art computing, microscopy and anaerobic cell culture.

This project will be supervised by Dr Simon McIllroy and Professor Gene Tyson – School of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health.

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