UNESCO Chair Program

UNESCO Chair Program in Communication, Environment and Heritage

Degree type


Closing date

25 September 2023



Citizenship requirement

Domestic / International


$31,500pa for 3.5 years

About the research project

The world is increasingly challenged on a global scale. Protecting local places, histories and cultures is hard. How do we negotiate a shared future that respects communities and their environmental and cultural heritage?

Australia has entered its fifth decade as a signatory to the UNESCO World Heritage Convention in the wake of a series of disastrous climate-related events from bushfires to coral bleaching that significantly impact its natural and cultural heritage. At the same time, the centre of global population, trade and travel continues to shift towards the Asia-Pacific, increasing pressure on the region's landscapes and species. Every day, communities seek better ways to negotiate and be heard about what they value, how they are faring and what they want for the future.

This is at the heart of the UNESCO Chair program in Communication, Environment and Heritage. The program works with researchers across the University, with expertise in, among other things, environmental communication, Aboriginal heritage, community wellbeing, policy, history, environmental law, visual arts and biophysical sciences. Our government and community partners are at the forefront of heritage protection, custodians of some of the world's most precious wild and historic assets, which they also have to manage for tourism and other demands.

We are offering the opportunity to contribute to the Program's aims by undertaking PhD research on a relevant topic. The topic will be devised in liaison with the UNESCO Chair, program researcher and associated partners.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Prof Libby Lester


The successful applicant will receive a scholarship which provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $31,500 per annum (2023 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.

Other funding opportunities and fees

For further information regarding other scholarships on offer, and the various fees of undertaking a research degree, please visit our Scholarships and fees on research degrees page.


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

Ensure your eligibility for the scholarship round by referring to our Key Dates.

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

  1. Select your project, and check that you meet the eligibility and selection criteria, including citizenship;
  2. Contact Prof Libby Lester to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. In your application:
    • 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.
    • Submit a signed supervisory support form, a CV including contact details of 2 referees and your project research proposal.
  4. Apply prior to 25 September 2023.

Full details of the application process can be found under the 'How to apply' section of the Research Degrees website.

Following the 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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