Sea Around Us – Indian Ocean: Scholarships for international students


The Sea Around Us – Indian Ocean under the lead of Professor Dirk Zeller is looking for outstanding international PhD candidates interested in conducting ‘big-data’ research on fisheries and fisheries conservation issues at the ocean-basin scale. If this is of interest to you, then consider applying for an international PhD Scholarship at the University of Western Australia in Perth. The current round of applications closes on April 6, 2018 and is for international candidates only.

The UWA offers a limited number of these scholarships to PhD candidates working with leading researchers to address some of the world’s growing challenges, such as that of over-exploitation of ocean resources. Applications are now open and candidates should be academically outstanding international students who are eager to advance meaningful research, and who have not completed a PhD elsewhere. The scholarship is awarded over three years, subject to satisfactory progress, with a possible extension of up to six months. This is the normal duration of PhD programs in Australia, as there is normally no coursework required (unlike in the North American system).

Beyond being an outstanding scholarship opportunity, this is a great way to work closely with Professors Dirk Zeller and Jessica Meeuwig of the Sea Around Us – Indian Ocean and the UWA Marine Futures Laboratory. Emphasis is on big-data science at the ocean-basin scale and globally, and research projects focus on high written output in the scientific literature, accompanied by public and media outreach. The Sea Around Us does not conduct fieldwork, although international training and workshop/conference opportunities may develop. The Sea Around Us – Indian Ocean team members are also part of the global collaboration network of the Sea Around Us at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada). Besides being part of this global network of leading researchers, you also get to live very close to great beaches in the beautiful city of Perth.

The Sea Around Us – Indian Ocean was launched in July/August 2017 and is therefore not yet listed under the “current research projects and possible supervisors” links listed. Please contact Dirk Zeller directly for potential suitability and likely projects. Suitable scholarship candidates will be encouraged to apply for scholarships after extensive discussions with candidates, and after a proposal has been agreed upon.

Note that Dirk Zeller will be unavailable for discussions or scholarship queries after March 7, 2018. Relevant background information on the purpose of and research conducted by the Sea Around Us can also be found via the material at For more information on how to apply, see this link.

Besides the current round, applications will open in the following dates:

  • Mid-year 2018 Round for domestic and UWA international graduates only: Applications open from 1/6/18 to 11/7/18.
  • Main International only Round 1 for 2019: Applications open from 1/7/18 to 31/8/18
  • Main Round 1 for 2019 for domestic and UWA international graduates only: Applications open from 1/9/18 to 31/10/18