Compound drought Southern Hemisphere

Past, present and future compound drought in the Southern Hemisphere

Degree type


Closing date

25 September 2023



Citizenship requirement

Domestic / International


$31,500pa for 3.5 years

About the research project

The IPCC has characterised compound climate extremes as an area of 'deep uncertainty'. As one type of extreme, drought has significant environmental and societal impacts. Given continued warming, the major impacts droughts can have on societies and environment and significant uncertainty in drought projections, there is an increasingly urgent need to improve our understanding of drought. Comprehensive understanding requires consideration of the palaeo-record, future projections, and drivers of spatio-temporal drought patterns across a broad spatial domain.

The project provides opportunities for the candidate to become highly proficient in the analysis and interpretation of a range of data sources to better appreciate the dynamics of key atmospheric and oceanic drivers of major compound drought events. The project will build key multidisciplinary skills in the analysis of major climate extremes and is a collaboration between the University of Tasmania and CSIRO.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Kathy Allen


The successful applicant will receive a scholarship which provides:

  • a living allowance stipend funded by ARC 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.

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.

Additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • Applicants must be able to undertake the project on-campus

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.

Additional essential selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Coding skills (e.g. Matlabb/R/Python)
  • Evidence of ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent communication skills and proficiency in English
  • Ability to undertake fieldwork in remote areas for extended periods of time
  • Evidence of strong quantitative skills

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Previous experience with climate models

Application process

  1. Select your project, and check that you meet the eligibility and selection criteria, including citizenship;
  2. Contact Dr Kathy Allen 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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