Scholarship details

Study levels


Student type

Future students

Study area

Science, technology and engineering and mathematics

Eligibility criteria

Academic performance

Application dates

Applications close
31 October 2021

What you'll receive

You'll receive:

  • a scholarship of $28,597 per annum, tax exempt for 3 years
  • a full tuition fee sponsorship for international students.

An extension of up to 6 months may be considered, subject to satisfactory progress and budget availability.

You will also benefit from being part of a research team, and working with other PhD students and research technicians.


To apply for this scholarship, you must:

  • meet the entry requirements for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at QUT, including any English language requirements for international students
  • be able to enrol as a full-time, internal student.

You should be able to demonstrate the following required skills:

  • previous research experience in the fields of operations research, applied mathematics or statistics
  • strong programming capabilities.

It is desirable (but not essential) that you can demonstrate:

  • experience working with high-performance computing or cloud computing environments
  • an interest in how mathematics can be used solved real-world problems in ecology and our environment

How to apply

If you're interested in applying for this scholarship, you'll need to successfully apply for a PhD at QUT. Follow our steps to apply for a research degree.

Your expression of interest must indicate that you're applying for this scholarship. List Dr Adrianne Jenner as your proposed supervisor.

What happens next?

The scholarship will remain open until the 31 October 2021, or until a suitable candidate is found. We are seeking to recruit a student as soon as possible.


This scholarship is governed by the QUT Postgraduate Research Award terms and conditions.

About the scholarship

Project Description

The decline of coral reefs, especially the Great Barrier Reef, is having a devastating impact on the biodiversity and ecosystem of coral life. Very little is known about how coral responds to environmental changes at the molecular level, largely due to a lack of genomic and proteomic studies. However, like any other organism, we know that the response of coral to stress is tightly controlled by a regulatory network describing the interplay of many molecular factors. While a large amount of effort has gone to elucidating how these regulatory networks impact diseases in large organisms, such as cancer in mammals, none have considered how understanding the regulatory networks within coral might assist in our understanding of reef decline.

In this project, we will use mathematical modelling to describe the tightly regulated protein networks associated with survival and resilience within coral. Using these models, we will investigate how changes in environmental stressors are processed by coral signaling networks, and may ultimately lead to the decline of healthy functioning coral. By creating a model for coral bleaching, we hope to assist the restoration of the reef by suggesting new intervention strategies based on the stability of the regulatory networks within coral at different locations in the Great Barrier Reef.

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