Keiran McNamara World Heritage PhD Top-Up Scholarship

  • Phd
  • up to
  • 31 October 2022

Mr Keiran McNamara AO was a dedicated and energetic advocate for conservation who achieved a remarkable legacy of biodiversity conservation, park management and environmental protection in Western Australia. He had a distinguished career in public service and was Director General of the Department of Environment and Conservation, and its predecessor the Department of Conservation and Land Management, from 2001 to 2013. A highlight of his career was the listing of World Heritage areas at Shark Bay, Ningaloo Coast and Purnululu. The McNamara family has established the Keiran McNamara World Heritage PhD Top-Up Scholarship in honour of Mr McNamara. The Scholarship will assist eligible commencing PhD students to undertake research at one of the five Western Australian universities, and aims to advance knowledge and expertise relevant to the conservation and management of the natural values of World Heritage areas in Western Australia.

Eligibility

To be eligible to receive the Keiran McNamara World Heritage PhD Top-Up Scholarship, an applicant must: • Have applied for PhD admission and RTP or HDR Curtin scholarship; • Be eligible to enrol full-time at Curtin university, • Have a bachelor’s degree of First Class Honours standard or equivalent; and • Intend to undertake research relating to identifying, managing and the conservation of World Heritage areas in Western Australia.

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Benefits

The Keiran McNamara World Heritage PhD Scholarship is offered as a supplementary scholarship to be held with an RTP Stipend or other equivalent award, and provides $25,000 per annum, comprising: • A top-up stipend of $10,000 per annum; and • An allowance of $15,000 per annum for research expenses, including research related travel.

Application

Please submit an Expression of Interest, with the following information (must be submitted as one pdf document) Provide a 2 page research proposal summary including: • background to the topic • aims of the research • significance of the research and for World Heritage Areas • methodology • brief reference list As well as other support materials: • details of supervisors • CV detailing, education history, tertiary qualifications, work experience and awards • academic records/transcripts • 2 referee reports or letters of support; and • any published research papers

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