PhD Top-Up Scholarship Award of Great Artesian Basin

The Great Artesian Basin (GAB) is the worlds largest fresh water artesian aquifer system and one of Australias most important water resources.

The Great Artesian Basin Coordinating Committee (GABCC) has established two PhD top-up scholarships to foster better understanding of the GAB, and invites applications from suitably qualified applicants.

The PhD top-up scholarships are intended to supplement the funding of primary scholarship holders who intend to conduct innovative research that will make a contribution to the management of the GAB.

The GABCC welcomes applications from a variety of disciplines including science and engineering, economics and social science. The scholarships are each valued at $5000 per annum over three year.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to review the GABCCs Research Prospectus for the GAB prior to applying for the top-up scholarship.

Projects should address priority research questions identified in the Prospectus, or closely related areas. Eligible studies may involve ecological, physical, cultural or socioeconomic aspects of the GAB.

Great Artesian Basin Research Needs

Landholders and governments have invested many millions of dollars in the GAB to rehabilitate bores, renew water delivery infrastructure and improve knowledge about the Basin and the benefits that it provides.

With this investment comes the opportunity to improve resource management and support the values attached to the Basin. However, our knowledge of the Basin is incomplete.

The GABCC, a national advisory group to government on management of the GAB, with representatives from all stakeholder groups, is well placed to work with research and funding organisations to encourage and facilitate priority research.


As detailed in the Research Prospectus, the GABCC has identified the following priority research areas :

  • Understanding the structure, functions and values of the Basin including :
  • Water balance, and modelling tools
  • surface/groundwater interaction
  • springs and groundwater dependent ecosystems
  • indigenous values
  • climate change impacts.
  • Access infrastructure
  • Water bore and distribution system failure
  • Low flow uncontrolled bores and pressures recovery of sub-artesian bores.
  • Monitoring and measurement
  • Pressure and spring
  • Landscape change
  • Stock and domestic use accounting.
  • Higher value uses
  • New technologies and the pastoral industry
  • Mining and petroleum industry: water resource impacts and opportunities
  • Community and industrial supply
  • Emerging industries.
  • Valuing investment and allocation
  • Valuing the Basins resource
  • Quantifying the benefits of infrastructure renewal and piping
  • Water pricing and trading.

Application Deadline There is no deadline for this scholarship.

PhD Top-Up Scholarship Award of Great Artesian Basin

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