Antarctic Solar Radiation Management

Solar Radiation Management in Antarctica: International Law and Policy Implications

Degree type


Closing date

25 September 2023



Citizenship requirement

Domestic / International

About the research project

Antarctica is of vital importance for operation of earth's climate system but is also particularly prone to the impacts of human induced climate change. Recent scientific reports have identified ice sheet destabilization, sea-ice retraction, ocean acidification, changed ocean currents and southward range shifting of temperate marine species, as current and/or likely climate change impacts that will in time have a significant impact upon the Antarctic cryosphere and marine environment. The project explores international law and policy implications of proposals for climate intervention through solar radiation management and how such techniques might reduce climate change impacts in Antarctica. The project will examine how legal and institutional interplay between the United Nations Climate Change Negotiations, Antarctic Treaty System, Law of the Sea Convention and other international legal regimes might be developed to govern Solar Radiation Management proposals aimed at protecting the Antarctic cryosphere and marine environment. Governance of similar issues in the Arctic may also be looked at as a comparator. This international legal and policy work is urgently required as states will likely face increasing pressure to take steps beyond global greenhouse gas emissions reductions to protect the Antarctic environment from the impending further effects of climate change.

Primary Supervisor

Meet A/Prof Jeffrey McGee


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 $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.

Additional essential selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Bachelor Degree in Law, or related discipline, with an excellent academic record
  • Honours level research, or coursework master's level equivalent, in the field of international law, with at least an upper second-class honours level result
  • Demonstrated interest in law and policy related to Climate Change or Antarctic and Southern Ocean

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Demonstrated ability to publish work on international law in scholarly journals and/or other highly quality outlets

Application process

  1. Select your project, and check that you meet the eligibility and selection criteria, including citizenship;
  2. Contact A/Prof Jeffrey McGee 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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