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Scholarship details

2022 HDR Scholarship - support by Curtin - ARC project in untapped organic remains’ of insects

Status: Open

Applications open: 14/03/2022
Applications accepted at any time

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About this scholarship

This project aims to unlock an untapped record of our planet’s past, insect-derived geolipids, by analysing key reference lipids and biopolymers from a range of modern insects. The well-studied inorganic fossil record has provided a framework for understanding major events in the evolution of life and our planet. However, the proposed project aims to significantly advance current perceptions, by accessing the parallel but rarer organic record of insects that are often entombed and exceptionally preserved fossil material. To achieve this goal, a range of modern reference insects will be investigated to evaluate the lipids and biopolymers (and stable C, H and N isotopes) they synthesise.

State-of the analytical infrastructure is available in WA-OIGC (Instrumentation – Western Australian Organic & Isotope Chemistry | Curtin University, Perth, Australia) including TOFSIMSFocused Ion Beam Facility, John de Laeter Centre | Curtin University, Perth, Western Australiain JDLC.

Field trips and excursions will take place during scholarship.

3 year PhD project available at Curtin University, Perth, WA, Australia with  Prof. Kliti Grice ARC Laureate Fellow and collaboration with Prof. Lorenz Schwark (Kiel University), Dr Vera Korasidis (University of Melbourne) and A/Prof. Marco Coolen (Curtin University)

  • Current Students
  • Faculty of Science & Engineering
    • Science courses
  • Higher Degree by Research
  • Australian Citizen
  • Australian Permanent Resident
  • New Zealand Citizen
  • Permanent Humanitarian Visa
  • International Student
  • Merit Based

This scholarship provides a living stipend of $28,854 p.a.(2022 RTP rates) pro rata indexed, based on full-time studies, for up to a maximum of 3 years.

Scholarship Details


PhD courses in Science

  • Suitable applicant must have a first class Hons degree, Master’s degree or equivalent in Biology, or Zoology, particularly Entomology or alternatively in Chemistry, Geology or Palaeontology.
  • Full-time enrolment
  • Successful recipients must also not be in receipt of any other scholarship.

Application process

Please send full CV and two referee names to Prof. Kliti Grice (

Enrolment Requirements

Recipients must complete their milestone 1 within 6 month of enrolment and remain enrolled on a full time basis for the duration of the scholarship 


Prof. Kliti Grice (

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