Elite Research Scholarships

Understanding the Causes and Consequences of the Devil Facial Tumour Disease

Understanding the Causes and Consequences of the Devil Facial Tumour Disease

The Tasmanian Devil (Sarcophilus harrisii) is a carnivorous marsupial endemic to the island state of Tasmania, and is found all over the state. Over the past decade, a dramatic decline has occurred in the Devil population in association with the emergence of Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD). The School of Zoology at UTAS leads research into understanding the ecology of the disease, its impacts on devils and other species (at the individual, population and species level), its transmission (including within and between populations) as well as the genetics of both the disease and the devil. A range of projects are potentially available to the right candidate. In the first instance, please contact the Graduate Research Coordinator in Zoology (Dr Erik Wapstra) by email with an area of interest.

The Save the Tasmanian Devil Program is the largest conservation program currently under way in Australia, and its research and management programs are significant world-class collaborations between the Tasmanian Government, the University of Tasmania and other leading research institutions.

Project grants and scholarships are funded from donations received through the Save the Tasmanian Devil Appeal via the Tasmanian Devil Research Advisory Committee, to support research and management programs that meet the key priority areas of the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program.

The Tasmanian Devil Elite Research Scholarship This scholarship may be awarded to top up an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) level or equivalent award to the value of $7,500 per annum for up to 3½ years with an additional discretionary contribution towards research costs.

Application Process:

Applications for the Tasmanian Devil Elite Research Scholarship must be completed by following the links and applications procedures provided at ‘Grant and Scholarships’ at www.tassiedevil.com.au

Applicants are also required to complete the Application for Admission and Scholarship for Higher Degree Research Candidature (How to Apply) and indicate in Section 9 Scholarship Support, that you wish to be considered for Tasmanian Devil Elite Research Scholarship.

More Information: http://fcms.its.utas.edu.au/scieng/zoo/
Contact: Dr Erik Wapstra
Phone: + 61 3 6226 2813