2023 HDR Scholarship - Modelling the spread and control of a malaria vector

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Status: Open

Applications open: 15/08/2023
Applications close: 31/12/2023

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About this scholarship

The scholarship is funded by the Australian Research Council to support a project on modelling an invasive pest species and a novel control option that utilises gene drive technology.

The mosquito Anopheles stephensi is the major urban vector of malaria in India, and is now invading Africa. It has already become established in the Horn of Africa (Djibouti, Ethiopia, Northern Kenya), and was recently detected in a few locations in West and East Africa. If An. stephensi were to become established across the continent, it could enable high rates of malaria transmission in urban areas, undoing decades of progress in reducing malaria burden in Africa. To understand and mitigate the threat posed by An. stephensi we need to understand how the species is spreading, and what we can do to stop it. This project builds distribution and spread models for the species, and models a novel use of gene drives for containing the spread of An. stephensi .

  • Future Students

  • Faculty of Science & Engineering
    • Science courses

  • Higher Degree by Research

  • Australian Citizen
  • Australian Permanent Resident
  • New Zealand Citizen
  • Permanent Humanitarian Visa
  • International Student

  • Merit Based

The scholarship provides a living stipend of $32,500 per year, pro rata indexed, based on full time studies for 3.5 years.

Scholarship Details


Any applicable PhD courses 

  • A strong track record in undergraduate studies;
  • Honours or Masters by research
  • A background in ecology, evolution, genetics, statistics, computing, or related discipline.

Application process

Please contact us via the EOI form . Upload a copy of your academic transcript, your CV, and a one page cover letter explaining your interest in the project.

Enrolment Requirements

Satisfactory progress through the PhD program


Professor Nick Golding nick.golding.research@gmail.com

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