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 students to receive one of three available scholarships, who are 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

Applicants must be enrolled or in the process for applying through La Trobe University for the Honours Program

Through La Trobe University the MMCP will provide an Honours scholarship to successful applicants to the value of $6,000 ($4,000 stipend + $2,000 operating). These scholarships will be selected based on the students undergraduate course Weighted Average Mark (WAM) and the relevance of Honours project to the MMCP. Honours students will be supervised/co-supervised by MMCP researchers and will undertake a research project aligned with the objectives of the MMCP.

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

  • Visit for the MDFRC Honours Scholarship Information Sheet.
  • Review the MDFRC Honours and Post Graduate Research 2018 Guide for a list of potential projects and supervisors
  • Submit an application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You will be advised of an outcome early February 2018.

Closing date
Applications close 26 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

MDFRC specialises in the ecology of rivers and wetlands within the Murray–Darling Basin. For more information see: