January 28, 2023
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Curtin University PhD Scholarship in Geochronology 2022

The Curtin University PhD Scholarship in Geochronology 2022- Curtin University, formerly known as Curtin University of Technology and Western Australian Institute of Technology (WAIT), is an Australian public research university based in Bentley, Perth, Western Australia. It is named after John Curtin, Prime Minister of Australia from 1941 to 1945, and is the largest university in Western Australia, with 59,939 students in 2021.

Curtin was conferred university status after legislation was passed by the Parliament of Western Australia in 1986. Since then, the university has expanded its presence and has campuses in Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai and Mauritius, and has ties with 90 exchange universities in 20 countries. The university comprises five main faculties with over 95 specialists centres. It had a campus in Sydney from 2005 to 2016.

Curtin University is a member of the Australian Technology Network. Curtin University is active in research in a range of academic and practical fields. Curtin is the only Western Australian university whose students have won the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering’s Postgraduate Student Gold Medal as at 2020.

Scholarship Description/Applicant Details

The Curtin University PhD Scholarship in Geochronology 2022 is a Collaboration with federal and state governments has provided funds for novel investigation of stratigraphically and resource-significant salt sequences (e.g. underground storage of hydrogen, hydrocarbon gas, compressed air). Australia has notable salt development; however, the age and environmental conditions of salt formation are unknown, or only indirectly constrained. Recent work has highlighted the potential of using authigenic, volcanic or detrital apatite within salt to constrain the timing of salt growth or provide depositional age constraints and provenance information (via U-Pb, (U-Th)/He, Lu-Hf isotopic techniques). Such fingerprinting may provide an important tool for stratigraphic correlation and better understanding of basin genesis.

Student type

  • Future Students


  • Faculty of Science & Engineering
    • Science courses


  • Australian Citizen
  • Australian Permanent Resident
  • New Zealand Citizen
  • Permanent Humanitarian Visa
  • International Student

Scholarship base

  • Merit Based


This scholarship provides a living stipend of $28,854 p.a. pro rata indexed, based on full-time studies, for up to a maximum of 3 years.

Scholarship Details

Maximum number awarded 1

Eligible courses

Any HDR student wishing to study in the Geology/Earth Science field.Eligibility criteria

  • Must have a BSc Hons (first class) or Masters (by research) in geoscience (ideally related to geochemistry / isotope geology, sedimentology, geochronology or thermochronology) by the time of appointment.
  • We expect a solid background in geological processes and sedimentology or geochronology/geochemistry (LA-ICPMS U-Pb geochronology and/or (U-Th)/He/fission-track thermochronology expertise is especially valuable).
  • The candidate requires the ability to work both independently and with a broad range of people from diverse backgrounds, as well as evidence of strong oral and written scientific English language competencies.
  • The candidate requires a demonstrated commitment to publish results in scientific journals. Evidence of research experience, academic awards/publications/presentations at conferences is desirable.

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Application process

Applications via email with the email titled “Salt geochronology PhD” to c.kirkland@curtin.edu.au.

Applications failing to use the correct email title may not be considered.

Applications should contain a CV and a motivation statement.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an online interview.

Recommended applicants will be provided with further information on the PhD enrolment process at Curtin University (including upload of certified transcripts and demonstration of English language requirements).

Enrolment Requirements

Recipients must complete their milestone 1 within 6 month of enrolment and remain enrolled on a full time basis for the duration of the scholarship

for more information about this scholarship kindly visit Curtin University Scholarship portal

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