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Scholarship details

2023 HDR Curtin round - Geophysical rapid monitoring of fast processes.

Status: Closed

Applications open: 8/07/2022
Applications close: 18/08/2022

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About this scholarship

The project is focused on the design and application of a geophysical technique that allows for fast acquisition of 3D seismic data and enables observation of rapid changes in the subsurface. There are the conventional 3D seismic approaches to monitor changes in a reservoir but it is rather time-consuming and expansive with a relatively slow turnaround of the results. The borehole seismic approaches are largely more suitable for a purpose of continuous monitoring tasks with the use of permanent installations of downhole sensors (recently based on fibre optic sensors). Still, an acquisition of a proper 3D dataset takes over a few days. There are a variety of cases where changes occur within hours, so a rapid repeat of data volumes is necessary to trace them. The acquisition time of borehole surveys is also very relevant in mineral exploration as the ability to collect data efficiently in multiple shallow boreholes reduces expenses. Another example is a controlled release of carbon dioxide for the purpose of understanding the near-surface behaviour of the substance in a presence of faults is an important study for safe CO2 storage and a good example for surveillance of fast changes in the media. The well-known reverse vertical seismic profiling technique is the most appropriate option to design a rapid acquisition monitoring system that could obtain a new dataset in a manner of one-two hour. Trailing such an approach and determining the optimal setup is the main objectives of the project. The project will be conducted within the Centre for Exploration Geophysics. 

An Internship opportunity may also be available with this project.

  • Future Students
  • Faculty of Science & Engineering
    • Science courses
    • Engineering courses
    • Western Australian School of Mines (WASM)
  • Higher Degree by Research
  • Australian Citizen
  • Australian Permanent Resident
  • New Zealand Citizen
  • Permanent Humanitarian Visa
  • International Student
  • Merit Based

The annual scholarship package (stipend and tuition fees) is approx. $60,000 - $70,000 p.a.


Successful HDR applicants for admission will receive a 100% fee offset for up to 4 years, stipend scholarships, valued at approx. $28,800 p.a. for up to a maximum of 3.5 years, are determined via a competitive selection process. Applicants will be notified of the scholarship outcome in November 2022. 


For detailed information, visit: Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships | Curtin University, Perth, Australia.

Scholarship Details


All applicable HDR courses

A self-motivated applicant with Masters or Honours degree in Geophysics, Physics or Engineering. The applicant should have some experience in programming (e.g. Matlab or Python) and geophysical equipment. 

Application process

If this project excites you, and your research skills and experience are a good fit for this specific project, you should contact the Project Lead (listed below in the enquires section) via the Expression of Interest (EOI) form.

Enrolment Requirements

Eligible to enrol in a Higher Degree by Research Course at Curtin University by March 2023


To enquire about this project opportunity that includes a scholarship application, contact the Project lead, Dr Konstantin Tertyshnikov via the EOI form above.

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