Gladstone Port Corporation partners with CQU to offer research students over $60K in scholarships

22 January 2021

Gladstone-based students are being encouraged to apply for scholarship opportunities with CQUniversity before January 31' with two new research scholarships on offer.

Both PhD Elevate Scholarships in partnership with CQUni and Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC)' will each provide a $30'000 stipend per year to the successful candidates' as well as access to an operational budget to support ecological and environmental research projects.

Acting CEO Craig Walker said GPC was proud to be supporting important research that would improve sustainable development for the local community and future generations in Gladstone and across Australia.

"At GPC we are thought leaders focused on the future and we're proud to be funding this scholarship program which is an important step in improving our community and developing research that will help shape our future developments'" Mr Walker said.

"The scholarships will provide the PhD candidates with an exciting opportunity to conduct research where it matters' working with GPC and CQU's top researchers to identify best-practice for developing our coastal economy in an environmentally sustainable way'" he said.

"The unique opportunity aims to develop valuable research at the local university and encourage sustainable development in the community."

The successful PhD Elevate Scholarship (Ecological Engineering) candidate will work under the supervision of a team of CQUniversity research staff including Associate Professor Emma Jackson and Dr Chris Aiken to trial seawall construction.

The second PhD Elevate Scholarship (Environmental Economics) will focus on the environmental economics of the region by aligning engineering and ecological objectives to quantify the value of ecosystem services in Gladstone Harbour' alongside supervisor Professor John Rolfe and 20 staff from CQUniversity's Coastal Marine Ecosystems Research Centre (CMERC) including Associate Emma Jackson' Dr Nicole Flint and Dr Jeremy De Valck.

CQUniversity's Dean' School of Graduate Research' Professor Susan Kinnear thanked the Gladstone Ports Corporation for the scholarship opportunities it provides' which encourages CQU students to aspire to a research career.

"Support for these students undertaking research and further training will help to build a future workforce focused on the sustainability and prosperity of Gladstone's industries and the local economy'" Prof Kinnear said.

"The ripple effect of these scholarships begins with the recipients and extends to their families and communities' now and in the future – we consistently see the positive impacts that these scholarships have on the candidates' as well as how the candidates contribute to better economic' social and environmental outcomes through their research findings."

For more information on the PhD Elevate Scholarship requirements or to apply visit:

PhD Elevate Scholarship - CQUniversity and Gladstone Ports Corporation Partnership (Environmental Economics) -