PhD Scholarship in Environmental Health Sciences

Brisbane, Australia
12 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
23 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences (QAEHS) at The University of Queensland (UQ) is offering up to six PhD scholarships in the 2018 round of the QAEHS PhD Scholarship Scheme. A maximum of three domestic and three international scholarships will be awarded to start at UQ in research quarter 2 2019 (1 April 2019).

The scholarships will be for three years, with possible extension to four years. For each scholarship awarded a top up scholarship of AUD$5,000 per annum is available taking the total scholarship amount up to AUD$32,082 per annum. In addition, for all students, an allowance of $5,000 per annum will be available to cover travel, project or study related costs incurred in the course of their PhD candidature.

Scholarships are available for sixteen projects across the eight QAEHS research themes. Students will be based at the lead supervisor’s School or Centre either at St Lucia, Herston, Indooroopilly or Woolloongabba.

The projects

The scholarships are available to undertake one of sixteen environmental health sciences projects across the eight QAEHS research themes: toxicology, emerging health risks, risk assessment, risk communication, microbiology, epidemiology, regulatory science and determinants of infectious diseases.

The projects are given below and further details, including the QAEHS supervisory teams, can be found at

  1. Alternative matrices for personal exposure monitoring: explanted silicone prostheses and wristbands
  2. Characterisation of novel substances in wastewater that select antimicrobial resistance
  3. Wastewater fingerprinting as a tool to inform on community health
  4. Developing passive sampler monitoring approaches for use in wastewater based epidemiology
  5. Bioaccumulation potential of chlorinated paraffins (CPs) in humans
  6. Calibration of new passive sampling monitoring technologies for aquatic pollutants as part of regulatory compliance monitoring
  7. Bioaccessibility, interaction effects and risk assessment of mixed metals
  8. Occurrence and health risk assessment of rare earth elements in the food chain
  9. Communicating about uncertain environmental health risks
  10. Chemical exposure concerns and how they relate to health- and environment-related decisions
  11. Using phage to control opportunistic pathogens in drinking water distribution systems
  12. The interaction between non-antibiotic pharmaceuticals and antibiotic resistance
  13. The role of family environments to the development of cardiovascular health: an intergenerational perspective
  14. Regulating the design and construction of nicotine and tobacco products
  15. Health education interventions to increase smoking cessation among people from priority populations
  16. Understanding human-bat interactions using systems dynamic modelling

The person

Applicants must meet the requirements for admission into the UQ Graduate School PhD program ( Preferred education backgrounds for applicants are given under the project details at

The University of Queensland values diversity and inclusion and actively encourages applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Please refer to the University’s Diversity and Inclusion webpage ( for further information and points of contact if you require additional support.  

Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to


Students will receive a living allowance valued at AUD$32,082 per annum (2018 rate, indexed annually) tax-free for three years with two possible six-month extensions in approved circumstances. For international students, the scholarship will include tuition fees and Overseas Student Health Cover. In addition, for all students, an allowance of $5,000 per annum will be available to cover travel, project or study related costs incurred in the course of their PhD candidature. The roles are full-time positions; however flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.


Please direct enquiries regarding the scholarships to Sharon Grant For enquiries regarding the PhD projects, please contact the lead supervisor (contact details at ).

To Apply

Applications should be submitted through the UQ online application system ( Indicate your preferred project in the online application (enter the project name above in the ‘Research project title’ field) and the scholarship scheme name (QAEHS PhD Scholarship) where prompted.

The following documents are required to support your application:

  • Academic CV
  • Academic transcript for all post-secondary study undertaken, complete or incomplete, including the institution grading scale
  • Award certificates for all completed post-secondary study
  • Evidence for meeting UQ's English language proficiency requirements
  • Two referee reports from persons who can best comment on your prior research experience. UQ will contact your referees directly, but you will need to enter their details into the application form.