HDR/PhD & Research Scholarship Opportunities

Master by Research Scholarship Northern Institute


This project will explore methodologies and processes to design and construct with the aim of reducing construction waste stream to landfill. In 2018-19, construction waste stream was one of the largest generators of waste in Australia with an increase of 22% since 2016-17. This is an opportunity to work on identifying ways of managing this waste and achieving circular economy in the design and construction sector. 


Applicants must be Australian Citizens or Australian Permanent Residents. Australian First Nations applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. It is preferable that the successful candidate resides in Alice Springs while completing the project. Applicants will be selected on the basis of their strength of academic performance and compatibility of research expertise and industry skill. 

The scholarship offers a living allowance of $28,597 (2021 rate) per annum and a tuition fee waiver for up to two years.  Applicants should hold minimum qualifications equivalent to Second Class Honours A. The scholarship will be competitively awarded, available during the relevant research period only, and cannot be deferred or transferred to another area of research without prior approval.

Applicants will need to attend an interview and must meet the Charles Darwin University Master’s by Research (MRes) entry requirements. 

  • a Bachelor Honours degree with first-class or second-class honours or
  • a Master by Coursework or Extended Masters, which contains a substantial research component

The preferred applicants will be invited to submit a full application on-line.


Iterested applicants are asked to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) including:

  • A brief CV
  • A copy of your undergraduate transcript
  • A statement addressing your research interests and suitability for the project and scholarship

Email your EOI to Dr Deepika Mathur (details below). 


Dr Deepika Mathur
Northern Institute 
T. 08 8946 5214 or 08 8946 7468
E. deepika.mathur@cdu.edu.au
W. cdu.edu.au/staff/deepika-mathur

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CDU offers a number of prestigious domestic and international scholarships to students every year. These scholarships can assist with fees, living and study expenses. There also a number of external scholarships students can apply for. Learn more about CDU Research Scholarships 


PhD and Master by Research courses

Charles Darwin University (CDU) offers students the opportunity to undertake one-year or three-year full time study in key areas. With opportunities to undertake dual or joint degrees through partnership arrangements to ensure students have access to the supervision panel that will challenge and support them.

Northern Institute Higher Degree Research (HDR) students undertake research in research topics of importance to their own work and plans. HDR students work with supervisory teams, led by key researchers to develop their thinking and undertake research that not only builds their research skills but also explores issues critical to their context.

HDR students also receive additional support through the range of programs for students available across CDU.


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