Game Change Scholarship supporting climate change research

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10 November 2021

Are you looking to explore your ideas about how to address the climate crisis through a PhD, but are concerned about the associated expenses?

The Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions (ICEDS) is offering a scholarship to support the emerging generation of bright PhD scholars from rural and remote areas of Australia, and Pacific Island countries, to contribute to game-changing climate change research, adaption and mitigation outcomes.

This scholarship is open for applications, closing date of 7 January 2022. Please see below for how to apply.

Field of study

Climate Change


The award will be available each year to a prospective or continuing PhD student who meets the following Eligibility Criteria:

  1. a domestic and/or international student; and
  2. enrolled or about to enrol full-time in a program of study for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at the Australian National University (applicants must apply for the award within 6 months of commencing their PhD); and
  3. undertaking a PhD project related to climate change, supported by a developed project brief; and
  4. is from a rural, remote, Indigenous, Pacific or disadvantaged background.

Applications that don't meet these criteria will not be considered. Priority may be given to applicants under 32 years of age.


The award covers the following costs:

  • An award up to $10,000 per annum to support costs of daily living to be paid in fortnightly instalments unless otherwise stated in the letter of offer.

Leave Entitlements:

  • Paid maternity and parental leave is not applicable to this award.
  • Unpaid leave of absence on personal grounds, which does not exceed a total period of twelve months during the tenure of the Award, may be granted after which the student may resume the Award.

An additional benefit is the opportunity for a professional or personal mentorship with a member of the Game Changer network of funders.

The recipient will develop a close working relationship with the ANU Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions. This relationship will provide support for communicating research outcomes beyond traditional scientific publications (e.g. through science communication channels and the news media) and for engaging with end users of the research (e.g. decision-makers and other stakeholders).

How to apply

Candidates apply for their Doctor of Philosophy program in the appropriate Research School, and apply for this award through the Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions.

Selection will be made on the basis of the following Selection Criteria:

  1. applicability of the project to solve challenges presented by climate change. Applications that do not have climate change responses (adaptation or mitigation or their interaction) as a core component of the proposed research will not be considered; and
  2. academic merit, potential and performance based on their academic record, referee reports and other evidence; and
  3. the applicant's background and reasons for seeking the scholarship including applicant's demonstration of how the scholarship could be a game-changer for their own development.

Applicants should submit the following application documents together in one email:

  1. A concise letter (1-2 pages) addressing the Eligibility Criteria. Applications that do not address the Eligibility Criteria will not be considered. The letter must also outline the applicant's background and explain why this scholarship would be a game-changer for them.
  2. A concise project brief (1-2 pages) that explicitly addresses the Selection Criteria and outlines the applicant's supervisory arrangements.
  3. Supporting documents relating to the Selection Criteria, including:
    1. 1-2 references from supervisors and/or other relevant sources, and
    2. Academic transcripts and other relevant documents.
  4. CV (of no more than 4 pages).

These documents are to be emailed to ICEDS at prior to the closing date (7 January 2022).