The Global Change Scholars Program will provide a unique cohort experience for up to 30 PhD students from across the University's faculties and institutes.
The Global Change Scholars Program will provide a unique cohort experience for up to 30 PhD students from across the University's faculties and institutes.

The planet is under enormous pressure

The impacts of a growing population, urbanisation and resource exploitation, combined with the impacts of climate change, shifting geopolitical realities and the digital revolution, create enormous challenges and opportunities in the coming decades.

Embracing change - and ensuring that communities prosper in a way that is fair, sustainable and peaceful - will require research leaders who understand global trends and who can create positive social, cultural, economic and environmental transformations.

Hosted by the Global Change Institute (GCI)  in partnership with UQ's Graduate School, the Global Change Scholars Program is an initiative designed to produce those research leaders. Graduates of the program will possess deep understanding of global trends, the challenges and opportunities they present, and an awareness of how to drive the changes necessary for us to build sustainable futures.

The Global Change Scholars Program

The Global Change Scholars Program will provide a unique cohort experience for up to 30 PhD students from across the University's faculties and institutes. Through intensive, seminar-style lectures, a four-day retreat at Lady Elliot Island and an internship undertaken alongside students' PhD studies, Global Change Scholars will have the opportunity to explore the broader relevance of their own research in the context of global change. Learning side-by-side with students from other disciplines, Global Change Scholars will be exposed to the latest thinking on global change from internationally renowned academics as well as captains of industry, and political and societal leaders. Scholars will regularly engage with well-recognised leaders in their fields who are passionate about global change issues. In addition, scholars will profile their research through public engagement, networking opportunities and through the media, including a dedicated scholars' program on ABC Radio National's Science Show with Robyn Williams.

Program snapshot

  • Program duration: 18 months
  • Program runs April to November (following year)
  • Award: $5000 upon completion
  • Time commitment: 2 - 3 hours / week
  • Expressions of interest in February of each year.
  • Open to PhD students only
  • Applications also accepted from part-time students

Learn more about the Global Change Scholars Program.

Become a Global Change Scholar

Upon successful completion of this program, participants receive a $5000 award. This award is to support activities related to their PhD studies such as conference travel, professional development activities and publication costs.

Program benefits:

  • gain an insight into global change issues
  • develop your leadership skills
  • network with global change leaders 
  • build an enhanced research profile
  • engage in cross-discipline collaboration
  • collaborate with industry 
  • participate in a retreat at Lady Elliot Island 
Introducing the 2017 Global Change Scholars

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