Kwongan Foundation PhD Top—Up Scholarships at University of Western Australia

Overseas students who wish to pursue their doctoral degree in Australia can now apply for the Kwongan Foundation PhD Top-Up scholarships at University of Western Australia. Candidates who are enrolling as a full time PhD candidate in Plant Biology or Conservation Biology are welcome to apply. If this sounds like you, don’t miss out on it!

Scholarship Overview



The University of Western Australia was formed in 1911 as the State’s first university. It also happened to be the first free university in the British Empire that actively promote equal access to tertiary education for every social class. The institution was established mainly because of the efforts of Sir John Winthrop Hackett who had passion and vision to provide Western Australia with a higher educational institution. Editor and proprietor of the West Australian newspaper, he also chaired a Royal Commission in which he recommended the establishment of a university.

The Kwongan Foundation for Australian Native Biodiversity has been formed to promote better management, utilisation and understanding of Western Australia’s unique native biological resources. The primary objectives of the foundation are to implement the sharing and gathering of knowledge about its unique flora, as well as achieve real improvements in the long-run related to conservation prospects of threatened native plants in Western Australia.

This year, the Kwongan Foundation PhD Top-Up scholarships at University of Western Australia are available as a way to help eligible graduates to enrol in a PhD program in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Western Australia and pursue research into the conservation of native plans in the region. The award scheme is to be held in conjunction with an Australian Government Research Training Program Stipend or its equivalent postgraduate research scholarship as recognised by the University.

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The scholarships are meant to be supplementary top-up funds. The awards provide a fortnightly living allowance stipend amounting to $ 7000 annually.

Eligibility criteria:

  • New Zealand, Australian and overseas candidates are welcome to apply
  • Must fulfil the requirements for entry into the PhD program
  • Must be eligible to enrol as a full time student, or in certain circumstances and with the approval of the GRS as a part time student, at the University
  • Must be a commencing student who has yet to enrol in the PhD prior to the year for which the award is sought
  • Must intend to undertake research into the conservation of native plants in Western Australia
  • Must be eligible to take up the award

Scholarship Application

The awarding of the Kwongan Foundation PhD Top-Up scholarships at University of Western Australia will be based on academic merit.

It should be noted that interested candidates should contact Professor Hans Lambers via email at [email protected] or professor Erik Veneklaas at [email protected] in order to discuss their proposed research, prior to submitting an application in the online iAthena scholarship application system.

The latest applicants can submit their applications is on April 5, 2019. The studies will commence in July 1, 2019. Note that, the scholarships will only be tenable at the University of Western Australia only.


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