The Murray–Darling Freshwater Research Centre (MDFRC) in association with The Murray–Darling Basin Authority (on behalf of the joint governments) is
committed to the generation and adoption of freshwater ecological knowledge to inform decision making.

The MDFRC and MDBA Collaboration Partnership (MMCP) invites applications for “top–up” scholarships to support Post Graduate students undertaking research on the ecology and biogeochemistry of floodplain rivers and wetlands. Research themes that are considered within scope for consideration include:

  • Plant ecology
  • Floodplain fish ecology
  • Food web ecology
  • Invasive aquatic species

As well as a stipend top–up and operating funds to support travel and fieldwork, successful applicants will engage with state and federal water policy and management representatives with the aim of enhancing their understanding of evidence based decision making.

Applicants must be enrolled or in the process for applying through La Trobe University for a relevant scholarship for doctoral studies e.g. Australian Post Graduate Award (APA) or International Postgraduate Research
Scholarship (IPRS). Applications for these scholarships
close 30 September 2017

Through La Trobe University the MMCP will provide “Top–up” scholarships to successful applicants to the value of $15,000 ($10,000 “top-up” + $5,000 operating) per annum.

How to apply
If you wish to apply for one of the three potential scholarships;

  • Visit for the MDFRC PhD Top–Up application form. 
  • Review the MDFRC Honours and Post Graduate Research 2018 Guide for a list of potential projects 
  • Submit the application form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Applicants will be advised of an outcome early February 2018

Closing date
Applications close 30 January 2018.

Contact us
For further information, please contact: Dr Daryl Nielsen, Principal Research Scientist, Murray–Darling Freshwater Research Centre (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Supplementary information
These positions will be based at The Murray–Darling Freshwater Research Centre (MDFRC) at either the Albury–Wodonga or Mildura campuses of La Trobe University.
MDFRC specialises in the ecology of rivers and wetlands
within the Murray–Darling Basin. For more information