PhD Elevate Scholarship - CQUniversity and Surf Lifesaving Queensland Partnership (External)

Project title: Assessing prevalence of stinger incidents and effects of wearing stinger suits for lifesavers and lifeguards within Surf Life Saving Queensland. There is limited research within the area of surf lifesaving when assessing stinger suits for surf lifesavers (volunteers) and lifeguards (paid). This project will investigate marine stinger incidents that have been treated by Queensland surf lifesavers and lifeguards and the factors associated with effective treatments. Characteristics such as patientsā€™ age, locations, lifesaver experience, and surf conditions will be analysed to provide an understanding of the environmental and personal factors associated with marine stingers. The proposed project will also examine the physiological effects (such as core body temperature, heart rate, thermal comfort) of different stinger suit material for patrolling members during normal patrol tasks, including during stinger drags. This project is jointly funded by Surf Life Saving Queensland, and CQUniversity.

Scholarship Value: $30,000 stipend per year

Length of Scholarship: 3 years

Number Available: 1

Opening Date: 20 December 2022

Closing Date: 17 February 2023

Study LevelPostgraduate (Research)
Year of StudyFuture; First year
CitizenshipAustralian Citizen; Permanent Resident
Study RegionAll
Study ModeAll modes
Study LoadFull time

Applicants will require a minimum Bachelor degree and enrol in as an internal, full-time student in the Research Higher Degrees program at CQUniversity. Domestic students only that are either Australian and/or New Zealand citizens, or applicants from other countries residing in Australia are eligible for this scholarship. Further information regarding the Research Higher Degree program at CQUniversity can be found here:


Applications must include all necessary supporting documents. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applicants will need to supply the following supporting documentation:

  • Written submission
  • Resume/CV

Send your CV and an expression of interest letter (2x A4 pages maximum) to Dr Samantha Fien by 17th February 2023. If you have examples of your scientific writing (e.g., published scientific articles, research reports, thesis) these should also be included in your application.

Candidates will be notified via email to their nominated address of the outcome.
CQUniversity and Surf Lifesaving Queensland