Morris Family Foundation PhD Scholarship

This scholarship provides the opportunity for a successful candidate to conduct research on the topic of the integration of indigenous experiences/places/people into tourism. It is envisaged that research activities will be mostly conducted in North Queensland, Australia.

Scholarship Value: Single scholarship providing three years funding totalling $92,318, as per the following schedule: $27,018 in Year 1; $27,400 in Year 2 and $27,900 in Year 3. An additional $10,000 research support grant (over the three years) for research activities is provided.

Length of Scholarship: Three years (3) duration.

Number Available: One (1) scholarship available.

Opening Date: 05 March 2019

Closing Date: 01 January 2020

Study LevelPostgraduate (Research)
Year of StudyFuture/First Year
CitizenshipAustralian Citizen; Permanent Resident; International; New Zealand Citizen
Study RegionCairns; Townsville
Study ModeOn-campus
Study LoadFull time

To be eligible for this Scholarship the candidate must meet eligibility requirements for approval to enrol in a Doctor of Philosophy at CQUniversity. Prospective applicants should consult the Research Higher Degrees Course Rules Policy and Procedure for further information about eligibility requirements for admission to CQUniversity.

Both domestic and international students are eligible to apply, however international students will need to meet immigration financial requirements or have already secured a scholarship to cover tuition fee (at international rate) from an outside funding agency and will need to provide documentary evidence into that effect with the application to be considered.

The candidate must be a full-time student to be based either at Cairns (preferable) or Townsville campus.

The candidate must not be receiving income from another source to support general living costs while undertaking the course of study, if that income is greater than 75 per cent of the Scholarship stipend rate.  Income unrelated to the course of study or income received for the course of study for not the purposes of supporting general living costs is not to be taken into account.

The Scholarship will be awarded by CQUniversity through a competitive selection process.  Individual applications will be ranked on the basis of merit and responses to the Selection Criteria.

Applicants should have a degree in a field such as Tourism, Business, Marketing, Management or in another field of Social Sciences relevant to the topic of the sponsored PhD research project.

Applications are invited from candidates who are able to provide evidence of -

  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of, and commitment to, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, values and traditions;
  • Interest/knowledge/experience in the tourism industry, preferably in North Queensland, Australia;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and previous experience in conducting research using qualitative and quantitative methods;
  • Advanced analytical and critical thinking skills;
  • Excellent communication skills.

The successful applicant will be expected to publish scientific and peer-reviewed papers related to their thesis during the period of candidature.

It is anticipated that the successful candidate will commence the project in June-July 2019.

The successful candidate will be conducting his research under the supervision of Prof Bruce Prideaux and Dr Elena Konovalov.

Prof Bruce Prideaux currently holds the position of Director of the Centre for Tourism and Regional Opportunities at the Cairns campus of CQUniversity and is the program director of the Masters of Sustainable Tourism Management. He has a wide range of research interests including protected area tourism, rural tourism, remote area tourism, Indigenous tourism, urban tourism, river and canal tourism and climate change. Other active areas of research include military heritage, tourism transport, ecotourism. Prof Bruce Prideaux holds a Visiting Professorship at Taylors University Malaysia and has authored over 300 journal articles, book chapters and conference papers on a range tourism related issues. He has authored or co-authored 10 books, the most recent of which look at climate change issues and global rainforest tourism. Current projects include a book looking at coral reef and how tourism can be used in rural development.

Dr Elena Konovalov is an Associate Lecturer in Business at CQUniversity Townsville Campus. She teaches undergraduate and postgraduate business units in disciplines of Management, Marketing and HR. Elena has completed her PhD at James Cook University in 2017. Her PhD research investigated tourism impacts on social aspects of community well-being in Australian Tropical communities. During the PhD candidature, Elena held various casual teaching and research positions within the College of Business, Law and Governance, JCU. Elena’s research interests include Tourism and Community Well-being, Sustainable Tourism Practices, Tourism Management, Indexes and Indicators of Social Progress, Student Success, Social Innovation and Social Marketing.

The proposed PhD research project will contribute to the agenda of CQUniversity’s Centre for Tourism and Regional Opportunities.  The focus of this applied and multidisciplinary research centre is on the intersection between tourism, resource activity, and regional development. The Centre’s research is organised into the following thematic areas:

  • Tourism development;
  • Indigenous development and cultural capital;
  • Regional communities and growth;
  • Natural assets and environment; and
  • Services industry innovation and work.

This Scholarship will be governed by CQUniversity’s Research Training Program and Research Higher Degree Scholarships Policy and Procedure.  A copy of this procedure may be viewed via the University Policy Portal at

Applicants are encouraged to contact Dr Elena Konovalov for further information about this scholarship project.


Applications for the Morris Family Foundation PhD Scholarship are to be submitted by email to Dr Elena Konovalov (   Applications are to include:

  • A letter of motivation describing your skills and research experience with specific responses to the Selection Criteria listed above;
  • A brief research proposal;
  • Your current resume, including certified academic transcripts, and a list of your previous publications and projects;
  • A list of three academic referees together with contact information.

Applicants will be invited to undertake an interview as part of the selection process.

Interested candidates must contact Dr Elena Konovalov to express their interest and intention to apply as the scholarship will close when the successful applicant has been found
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