Currently, three PhD scholarships - two domestic and one international - are available to suitably qualified, high-achieving students to pursue research in environmental health sciences within the Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences (QAEHS) at The University of Queensland.

The Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences (QAEHS) is a new research Centre, jointly funded by UQ and Queensland Health. As part of UQ's ongoing and successful environmental health partnership with Queensland Health, QAEHS is committed to establishing and maintaining research expertise across a range of environmental health sciences. QAEHS’ activities are organised into eight themes, which encompass the environmental human health aspect of toxicology, epidemiology, microbiology, risk assessment, risk communication, emerging risks, infectious diseases and education/professional development.

QAEHS and affiliated laboratories are equipped for chemical and biological scientific research, including state-of-the–art instrumentation for monitoring and analysis of environmental hazards. Social science is also an integral part of QAEHS research, involving statistical analysis and modelling of population data and understanding and communicating about environmental health risk perceptions.

The role

Scholarship holders will be enrolled at UQ as PhD research higher degree students, and will undertake a research project relevant to one or more of the QAEHS research themes. Students will be supervised and mentored by the relevant academic research discipline experts and co-supervised/co-mentored by Queensland Health staff who hold UQ Adjunct appointments. During the course of the research project, students will acquire research skills, knowledge and experience that will equip them to undertake independent research upon the award of their PhD degree.

The person

Applicants should possess a Bachelor degree with Honours or a Masters degree and meet the eligibility requirements: see

Applicants for the domestic scholarships must be eligible for enrolment as domestic students (Australian citizen or permanent resident, or New Zealand citizen).

The University of Queensland values diversity and inclusion. Applications are particularly encouraged from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. For further information please contact our Australian Indigenous Employment Coordinator at:


The scholarships are valued at $27,082 per annum (2018 rate), and are indexed annually and tax-free. Each domestic scholarship will be topped up by an additional $10,000 (i.e. to $37,082 in total). For international students, the scholarship will include tuition fees and Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). Scholarships are awarded for three years, with two possible six month extensions in approved circumstances.


Research area and PhD project enquiries should be directed to the relevant QAEHS academic research leader (see QAEHS web site). General enquiries should be directed to QAEHS Administration via