Scholarship details

Funding Body:

External - Government


Postgraduate Research Scholarship in Pollination Ecology of Apis Cerana

Research Areas:

Sciences & Engineering


Postgraduate Research


A unique opportunity is available for an outstanding PhD scholar to develop a research project focused on the pollination ecology of the invasive honey bee Apis Cerana in tropical crops including pollination efficacy, population density and interactions with native and non-native pollinators. The project is part of a large multi-institutional research project, funded by the Australian government, aimed at studying pollination ecology in Australian crops.  The position will be jointly supervised by the Behaviour and Ecology of Invertebrates Lab and the Behaviour and Genetics of Social Insects Lab at the University of Sydney. 


Applicants with a conditional or unconditional offer, or have applied for admission to full-time studies in a PhD within the Faculty of Science at the University of Sydney, and be willing to undertake research in the field of pollination ecology of Apis Cerana.

 Applicants must also hold an Honours degree (First Class or Second Class upper) or equivalent research component with a background in any or of the following; entomology, ecology and pollination biology.

Applicants must be able to work with stinging bees. 


Selection Criteria

The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship on the basis of:


  • academic merit,
  • area of study and research proposal,
  • curriculum vitae, and
  • a personal statement which demonstrates their interest in the area of research and evidence of prior experience working with bees and field work.


Prior experience of field work in the tropics and with social insects will be preferenced.

Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend an interview.

The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship by the nomination of the relevant research supervisor(s) in the Faculty of Science.  

Amount awarded:



For non RTP Scholarship recipients, the Scholarship will provide an annual stipend allowance of $26,682 per annum (indexed to the RTP rate on 1 January) for up to three years, subject to satisfactory academic performance. An extension of up to six months is permitted.  

Academic course fees and the Student Services Amenities fee are also provided for a successful international applicant, for the same duration as the stipend allowance.

Where a domestic (Australian citizens and Australian permanent residents only) recipient is already in receipt of an RTP Scholarship, they will only receive an annual supplementary allowance of $5,000 (fixed rate) for up to three years. An extension of up to six months is permitted.

Periods of study already undertaken towards the degree prior to the commencement of the Scholarship, will be deducted from the maximum duration of the Scholarship excluding the potential extension period.

The Scholarship cannot be deferred or transferred to another area of research.

No other amount is payable.

The Scholarship will be offered subject to the availability of funding.


Eligibility for Progression 

Progression is subject to passing the annual progress review. 

Application guide:

Further information on the area of research can be obtained from Dr Tanya Latty in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences (SOLES) at:







Dr Tanya Latty on + 61 2 9351 4361


Closing date:

15 November 2017