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Scholarship details

2022 PhD Scholarship in Geochronology

Status: Closed

Applications open: 25/04/2022
Applications close: 25/05/2022

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About this scholarship

Collaboration with federal and state governments has provided funds for novel investigation of stratigraphically and resource-significant salt sequences (e.g. underground storage of hydrogen, hydrocarbon gas, compressed air). Australia has notable salt development; however, the age and environmental conditions of salt formation are unknown, or only indirectly constrained. Recent work has highlighted the potential of using authigenic, volcanic or detrital apatite within salt to constrain the timing of salt growth or provide depositional age constraints and provenance information (via U-Pb, (U-Th)/He, Lu-Hf isotopic techniques). Such fingerprinting may provide an important tool for stratigraphic correlation and better understanding of basin genesis.

  • Future Students
  • Faculty of Science & Engineering
    • Science courses
  • 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. pro rata indexed, based on full-time studies, for up to a maximum of 3 years

Scholarship Details


Any HDR student wishing to study in the Geology/Earth Science field.

  • Must have a BSc Hons (first class) or Masters (by research) in geoscience (ideally related to geochemistry / isotope geology, sedimentology, geochronology or thermochronology) by the time of appointment.
  • We expect a solid background in geological processes and sedimentology or geochronology/geochemistry (LA-ICPMS U-Pb geochronology and/or (U-Th)/He/fission-track thermochronology expertise is especially valuable).
  • The candidate requires the ability to work both independently and with a broad range of people from diverse backgrounds, as well as evidence of strong oral and written scientific English language competencies.
  • The candidate requires a demonstrated commitment to publish results in scientific journals. Evidence of research experience, academic awards/publications/presentations at conferences is desirable.

Application process

Applications via email with the email titled “Salt geochronology PhD” to

Applications failing to use the correct email title may not be considered.

Applications should contain a CV and a motivation statement.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an online interview.

Recommended applicants will be provided with further information on the PhD enrolment process at Curtin University (including upload of certified transcripts and demonstration of English language requirements).

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


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