$28,597 International PhD Scholarship Archeo-Geochemistry at Southern Cross University in Australia 2023

Written by catherine.caoile on May 31, 2022

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

  • Country of the Scholarship

  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

    Ph.D. scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

    > 12000
  • Type of scholarship administrator

  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

  • Expenses covered

    Monthly subsistence allowance, Tuition fees
  • Scholarship Contact Details

    T: +61 2 6620 3219

    T: +61 2 6626 9186

    E: [email protected]

Southern Cross University aims to help and support every student in both local and international students to further their education and be one of the inspirations to many young generations to prove that education is important to every individual and education is the main key to success.

Scholarship Overview

The Southern Cross University in partnership with Agilent Technology offers the Ph.D. Scholarship in Archaeo-geochemistry: ISOTOPES AND TRACE ELEMENT IN HUMAN REMAINS, the scholarship is a fully-funded position that will research in the field of Archeo-Geochemistry, in particular, improve the understanding of hominid exposure using LA-ICPMS/LA-MC-ICPMS on fossil remains. The Doctorate contains a stable methodological and paleoanthropological component. Several projects are available and shortlisted candidates are offered specific projects based on their skills and interests. The university welcomes candidates with a particular interest in human evolution to develop their own Ph.D. thesis.

The scholarship offers the opportunity to pursue a Ph.D. and undertake programs of isotope research and analytical studies of trace elements in human remains for the academic year of 2022-2023, the scholarshi9p duration for the successful students will be to up to three years.
The successful Ph.D. students will work closely with the scientist and researchers from the USA, Australia, France, Germany, China, or South Africa, this will depend on the topic of the research and who will provide the guidance or contribute to the project depending on the characteristics and techniques, trace elements, dental anatomy, human evolution or isotopic analysis.
The Ph.D. students conduct their study in Australia at the Southern Cross University and will be admitted to the Faculty of Science and Engineering and a part of the Geoarchaeology and Archaeometry Research Group.

Scholarship Provider: South Cross University 

About the Provider 

Southern Cross University is driven by passion.

The faculty staff is driven by excellence and a desire to continuously improve the quality of their teaching and research. A university with high collegiality and performance. They are surrounded by ambitious students, amazing and dedicated staff, and a stunning environment. The University location in Lismore in North Rivers NSW, on the Gold Coast across from Keira Beach and in picturesque Coffs Harbour, makes Australia envious. Watching whales in a Gold Coast classroom or spotting koalas in the lab in Lismore are all part of the unique Southern Cross experience.

Deeply rooted in its regional community, Southern Cross demonstrates that world-class research, teaching, and learning thrive outside the capital city center. The university created and apply knowledge in partnership with the community in areas that are regionally and globally relevant.

A world-class university, but the biggest measure of its success is the careers they have supported among the 66,000 graduates who go out into the world with confidence.

The university has a wid-range of faculty and academic structure, and an annual scholarship program to help and support every student, whether domestic or international students, with different passions and learning interests, sports, and academic achievement, there is always an opportunity to achieve at the university.

Geoarchaeology and Archaeometry Research Group

Southern Cross University’s (GARG) Geoarchaeology and Archaeometry Research Group focus on past human interactions and its population and environments. Their goal is to use and improve analytical methods and techniques from mathematics, chemistry, physics, geoscience, and life sciences to answer various questions in geoarchaeology, such as  Sources of stone tools, time of human evolution, paleoecological reconstructions, paleodiet, formation processes the site and the history of occupation, as well as the characteristics of archaeological finds.

Scholarship Summary

  • Academic Year: 2022-2023
  • Applicant’s Nationality: International students
  • Degree Level: Ph.D. Degree
  • Field: Archeology, Geochemistry
  • Faculty: Science and Engineering Department
  • Number of Awards: NA
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Scholarship Awards: Fully funded/$28,597 annually
  • Scholarship Country: Australia
  • Renewable: Yes
  • Offered Annually: Yes


This scholarship position is open to all local and international applicants currently based in Australia. International applicants currently living overseas are welcome to apply, but current Australian Government restrictions at the border may affect their application. The successful candidate must meet the entry requirements to enroll in the doctoral program at the Southern Cross University full-time, including a bachelor’s degree (with honors, grade 2 or above) or a master’s degree with a research component, in geoscience, (geo)chemistry, environmental science, or any related fields.

Ideally, candidates will have experience in geochemistry and a strong knowledge or interest in working on the evolution of humans and primates in question. Applicants with experience in LA-CIPMS or Multicollector-ICPMS from various research fields such as medicinal geochemistry or related fields are also encouraged to apply. Applicants with experience with Matlab, R, or similar packages are an advantage.

Application Process

As part of the application process, the students are required to complete their application forms at the online portal provided by the Southern Cross University, alongside the required documents to support their scholarship application.

Required Documents 

  • Curriculum Vitae in two pages
  • Cover letter outlining the applicant’s interest and how they are suitable for the scholarship award.
  • Transcript of records
  • Degree Certificates
  • Two reference details
  • Other relevant documents to support the application such as publication, thesis, and so on.

All the required documents must be emailed to [email protected] attached in a PDF format, the email must be quoted with a subject line of “Ph.D.”.

Important Note on the Application 

  • Expression of Interest Results: You will be notified of the results of the Expression of Interest by email after the application deadline.
  • Interview invitation: If you are interested in the shortlist, you will be invited for an interview. You will receive more information about the interview in the invitation. Interviews will be conducted online via Zoom.

Scholarship Award

The successful students will be receiving a Ph.D. Stipend for three years with a rate of $28,597 annually.

The beneficiary of the awards must read and agree to the terms and conditions applied to the scholarship.

Scholarship Deadline 

The deadline to complete and submit the application for the academic year of 2022-2023 is still open until the position is filled.

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