Scholarship details

Funding Body:

Government - Defence Science and Technology Group


DST Group Scholarship in Ocean Soundscapes and Ambient Sea Noise

Research Areas:

Sciences & Engineering


Postgraduate Research


A unique opportunity is available for an outstanding PhD scholar to conduct research into the sounds of the ocean and how they come together to provide the ambient noise and ocean soundscape. It would contribute to a project to develop an improved model of ambient noise for forecasting sonar performance, and planning of underwater acoustic experiments in areas of Commonwealth interest. The project would include analysis of existing data of ocean sounds, collection of new data and development of models.


Applicants must be Domestic students with an unconditional offer of admission for full-time studies in a PhD within School of Geoscience at the University of Sydney, and be willing to undertake research in the field of ambient sea noise.

Applicants must also hold an Honours degree or a Master's Degree by Research in some aspect of the physical sciences or engineering.

Selection Criteria:

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

  • academic merit,
  • area of study,
  • research proposal,
  • curriculum vitae,
  • background in physics, mathematics, are highly regarded,
  • first/second class (upper) honours preferred.

Shortlisted applicants may be requested to attend an interview.

The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship by the nomination of the relevant research supervisors in the management committee.

Prior to commencement of the scholarship, the successful applicant will be provided with a copy of the Agreement. The successful applicant must agree to sign the declaration and undertaking at Annexure 3 of the Agreement.


Amount awarded:

The Scholarship will provide an annual fixed stipend allowance of $30,000 for up to three years, subject to satisfactory academic performance. The recipient may apply for an extension of up to 6 months with an additional allowance of up to $15,000.

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.

The recipient must also remain an Australian citizen and comply with the agreement between the Commonwealth and the University of Sydney.

Application guide:

Further information on the area of research can be obtained from Adjunct Professor Doug Cato at:

Apply Here




Closing date:

10 April 2019