Fire Ecology Masters by Research Scholarship

University of Southern Queensland

Master Scholarship  
January 22, 2022


The Impacts of Cultural Burning on Plant and Fungal Communities Working with Traditional Owners and Balonne Shire Council, the Masters of Research Project will investigate the impacts of cultural burning practices on invasive weed species, native species and soil fungi with the intention of undertaking a preliminary assessment of application of cultural burning to control weed species and restore ecological health in the council area. Through the project you will develop skills in research project management, field and laboratory research techniques and public and academic communication. The project will involve both field work (and associated travel) in addition to laboratory analysis.


• Stipend of AUD $32,000 per annum. • Maximum period of tenure of an award is three years. Periods of study already undertaken towards the degree will be deducted from the period of tenure.


To be eligible applicants must:

• have completed an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification in a discipline related to the project (e.g. ecology, biology, environmental science or agricultural science; • be either an Australian citizen or permanent resident • be eligible to be enrolled, full-time on-campus in a Masters by Research program; • not be in receipt of similar funding from the Australian Government. • be native English speakers and/or meet USQ’s English Language Requirements • commence the PhD in 2022.

Selection criteria

Applicants must:

• Have a strong academic record and hold a qualification equal to an Australian undergraduate or postgraduate degree; • Have completed study and/or other experience in the topic discipline • Be enthusiastic and highly motivated; • Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.

How to apply

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and their CV to Associate Professor Keith Pembleton by email.

They should also have the following documents in preparation to be submitted:

• Preliminary Research Thesis Topic Proposal (DOC 53KB). • Education qualifications (testamur and academic transcripts for all undergraduate and postgraduate awards); • List of any research presentations and/or publications • Documentation confirming citizenship.

Closing date

Closing date: 7 February 2022

Further information

Please contact keith.pembleton@usq.edu.au for further information regarding this scholarship.