Domestic (& International) applicants for PhDs in Ecology & Evolution


For general enquiries please contact:

Scott Keogh (HDR Convenor) - or
Rod Peakall (Head of Division) -

Application Deadlines

  • 15 April – International and Domestic Applications
  • 31 August – International Applications
  • 31 October – Domestic Applications

Application details available here


Are you interested in a PhD at one of the best Ecology & Evolution departments in the country? Do you want to work with top researchers, in a welcoming and supportive multinational department, in a vibrant, liveable city? Then check out the Division of Ecology & Evolution at the Australian National University.

Our Science: We provide an outstanding research environment with a world-class reputation. Our staff include global leaders in molecular ecology, phylogenetics, evolutionary genetics, evolutionary ecology, bioinformatics, behavioural ecology, ecophysiology, tropical forest ecosystems and macroecology. We research a wide range of topics – from orchid interactions with pollinators and mycorrhizae to cuckoo-host arms races; from the evolution of genomes to that of languages. We work on genomes, fish, birds, lizards, fungi, snakes, beetles, bacteria, moths, crickets, koalas, truffles, alpine plants and so on.

If you are interested in a PhD with us check out our Research Groups below, and then contact prospective supervisors. When you email a potential supervisor you can speed up the process by including details of your undergraduate marks and a short CV (not essential, but it will help). The annual deadline to apply for a PhD is at the end of October. There is, however, sometimes a second round in April. The main thing is to contact potential supervisors sooner rather than later. There is never a bad time to get in touch.

In a nutshell the process is – find a supervisor who will help you develop a very short project proposal – apply for a PhD (the usual stuff, your details + references + project proposal) - Tick the ‘Yes I’d like a scholarship’ box – Wait for the funding outcome. If successful you will receive an offer to do a PhD that includes your fees and about $28,000 year (tax free) to live on. To be eligible for the main domestic scholarships you need to be an Australian or NZ citizen, or an Australian permanent resident or humanitarian visa holder.

If you are an international student there is a seperate application process that has a deadline at the end of August (sometimes you can also apply in the April round). These scholarships are extremely competitive. You need very high undergraduate marks and an MSc (or an Honours with a thesis equivalent to our Masters). Again, though, contact potential supervisors in a timely fashion to seek their feedback on your prospects (send them your undergrad marks and your CV).