Game Change Supplementary Scholarship supporting climate change research

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11 March 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 supplementary 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.

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 or international student; and
  2. enrolled or enrolling full-time in a program of study for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at the Australian National University (within 6 months of taking up the position); and
  3. undertaking a PhD project related to climate change, supported by a developed project brief; and
  4. awarded, and continues to hold, an approved ANU HDR base stipend scholarship, at minimum RTP base rate.


The award covers the following costs:

  • A supplementary scholarship to cover costs of daily living to be paid in fortnightly instalments, unless otherwise stated in the offer letter.

Leave Entitlements

  • Paid medical, 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 one of the Game Change 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. to decision-makers and other stakeholders).

How to apply

Candidates apply for the Doctor of Philosophy program in the appropriate Research School, and award applications shall be called for with a closing date as set by the Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions.

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

  1. applicability of the potential outcomes of the PhD project to solve challenges presented by climate change; and
  2. relevance of the PhD project, and the capacity of the supervisory team to support research excellence; and
  3. academic merit and potential based on their academic record, referee reports and other evidence; and
  4. the academic performance of the prospective PhD scholar.
  5. the potential for the prospective PhD Scholar to actively engage with decision-makers with regards to their research project may also be considered.

Preference may be given to applicants who satisfy one or more of the following Special Consideration Criteria:

  • Emerging students (under 32 years of age)
  • Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or from Pacific Island Nations
  • From rural and remote areas
  • Financial hardship

Applicants should submit the following documents:

  1. A concise letter (max 2 pages) addressing all of the four Eligibility Criteria. Applications that do not meet the Eligibility Criteria will not be considered. The letter should also outline your background and why this scholarship is important to you (highlighting any or all of the Special Consideration Criteria).
  2. A 1-2 page project brief that explicitly addresses points 1, 2 and 5 of the Selection Criteria and outlines the applicant’s supervisory arrangements.
  3. 1-2 references from supervisors and/or relevant others that speak to points 3 and 4 of the Selection Criteria.
  4. Academic transcripts and other documents that speak to points 3 and 4 of the Selection Criteria may be attached.
  5. CV.

These documents are to be emailed to ICEDS at prior to the closing date (31 May 2021).