The University of Queensland’s Heron Island Research Station (HIRS) has identified the value of scholarships that promote research relevant to Heron Island, its terrestrial habitats, reefs and surrounding waters. The Station has developed the HIRS Research Scholarship to provide students with the equipment and access required for investigations of the diverse habitats and environmental concerns of Heron Island. These merit-based scholarships cover accommodation, laboratory and boating charges up to $2000 in a 12 month period at HIRS for UQ Honours or Research Higher Degree students. 

One scholarship of each type may be awarded each semester. The scholarships are open to Honours or RHD students from all disciplines across The University of Queensland and can be used either to support current or new projects in diverse fields such as fresh water resources, social sciences, indigenous affairs, engineering and the arts, as well as marine ecosystem health and sustainable tourism. More information can be found in the Research Scholarships Information document. To apply, complete the application form below.

Honours Research Scholarship

HIRS has recognised the value of scholarships that advance research programs that investigate significant problems or major issues in the theory or practice of a discipline, or the development of new knowledge in an area. The scholarships are open to Honours students from all disciplines across The University of Queensland and can be used either to support current or new projects in diverse fields such as social sciences, engineering and the arts, as well as marine ecosystem health and sustainable tourism. There are two HIRS Research Scholarships available for Honours students each year.

PhD Research Scholarship

To enable early candidature RHD students to undertake innovative research pilot studies within the first two years of their research degree, HIRS has developed an RHD Research Scholarship. These scholarships allow talented RHD students to undertake research programs that investigate significant problems or major issues in the theory or practice of a discipline, or the development of new knowledge in an area. The scholarships are open to RHD students from all disciplines across The University of Queensland and can be used either to support current or new projects in diverse fields such as social sciences, engineering, and the arts, as well as marine ecosystem health and sustainable tourism. There are two HIRS Research Scholarships available for early candidature RHD students each year.

HIRS Research Scholarship general information 

HIRS Research Scholarship Application

HIRS Research Scholarship Final Report Form

HIRS Research Scholarship Terms & Conditions

Past Recipients

an image of Carmen da Silva
Carmen da Silva

An image of Tahsha Say taking a break from snorkelling
Tahsha Say

An image of James Sadler coring coral using scuba
James Sadler
Short term solutions to climate change - acclimation and plasticity in Bathygobius cocosensis Understanding how free-swimming, sponge larvae sense their environment to find a suitable home on the Great Barrier Reef Spur and grooves: Formation, evolution and palaeoclimate potential

An image of Pablo Diaz Morales scuba diving at Heron Island
Pablo Diaz Morales

An image of Daniel Stoupin sand tobogganing
Daniel Stoupin

An image of Carolina Castro-Sanguino staining coral underwater
Carolina Castro-Sanguino

Parasites of coral gobies (Pisces: Gobiidae) on Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef The role of nitric oxide in the holobiont of the coral reef demosponge Amphimedon queenslandica Ecological drivers of Halimeda abundance and their implications for the carbonate production of coral reefs