Domestic applicants for PhDs in Ecology & Evolution

For general enquiries please contact:: 

Celeste Linde (HDR Convenor) - or
Michael Jennions (Head of Division) -


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, 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 (listed right), 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 next deadline to apply for a PhD is October 31 so don’t delay. Get in touch.

In a nutshell the process is – find a supervisor – they 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 – If successful you 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.