Drought resilience in Tasmania

Building drought resilience in Tasmanian agricultural landscapes

Degree type

PhD

Closing date

10 October 2022

Campus

Launceston

Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International

About the research project

The TASAg Innovation Hub (‘the Hub’) was established in 2021 with support from the Commonwealth’s Future Drought Fund (FDF). It is one of eight Hubs  established across Australia to support primary producers build drought resilience through practical research and development, extension, adoption, and commercialisation activities.

The Hub’s purpose is to help Tasmanian farming businesses, and those who support them, to build valuable relationships, access critical information and participate in knowledge-building activities to drive more innovation in their businesses, care for land and waterways, and enhance community well-being.

The Hub is proposing several projects relating to one or more of the following priority themes:

  1. Farm Planning and Preparedness – activities that focus on helping farmers understand their options and develop and follow plans and trigger points to guide decisions through the season, informed by accessible and useable data and information.
  2. Water – activities that contribute to a better understanding of catchmentscale water availability, allocations, and demand, and as well as farm-scale issues about reliable access and efficient use of water.
  3. Landscapes – activities that contribute to valuing and increasing on-farm and broader scale health of soils, vegetation and waterways, the potential to access emerging markets, while contributing to drought preparedness.
  4. Climate – activities that contribute to an improved understanding of current and future changes in climate and using this information to inform priorities 1 to 3.
  5. Communities – includes activities that build social connections, community leadership, and well-being of people and communities to support priorities 1 to 3.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Prof Caroline Mohammed

Funding

Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $28,854 per annum (2022 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.

Eligibility

Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • Applications are open to Domestic/ International/ Onshore applicants
  • Applications are open to applications from agricultural, forestry, environmental and social science discipline backgrounds only
  • English language score must be above minimum entry requirements for this project

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select your project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Prof Caroline Mohammed to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. Submit an application by the closing date listed above.
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • As part of your application, you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including 2 x referees and your project research proposal.

Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email by the advertised outcome date.

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