Game Change Fund Supporting Climate Change Research


Each year the Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions (ICEDS) may offer up to two awards known as the ANU Game-Changing Climate Research Supplementary Scholarship ("the award").

The objective of the award is to provide game-changing support to the emerging generation of bright PhD scholars from rural and remote areas to contribute to game-changing climate change research, adaption and mitigation outcomes.

Funding for this award has been provided by a group of donors led by Graham Waters, Anne-Marie Waters, and Ray Kiley.

Field of study

Climate Change


The award will be available each year to a prospective or continuing PhD student who meets the following Eligibility Criteria:

  1. a domestic and/or international student; and
  2. enrolled or about to enrol full-time in a program of study for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at the Australian National University (applicants must apply for the award within 6 months of commencing their PhD); and
  3. undertaking a PhD project related to climate change, supported by a developed project brief; and
  4. meets one or more of the following considerations: identifies as Aboriginal Australian or Torres Strait Islander; is from a rural or remote area; is from a Pacific Island Nation; or is from a disadvantaged background or has experienced financial hardship.

Applications that don't meet these criteria will not be considered. Priority may be given to applicants under 32 years of age.


The award covers the following costs:

  • An award to support costs of daily living to be paid in fortnightly instalments unless otherwise stated in the letter of offer.

Leave Entitlements:

  • Paid maternity and parental leave is not applicable to this award.
  • Unpaid leave of absence on personal grounds, which does not exceed a total period of twelve months during the tenure of the Award, may be granted after which the student may resume the Award.

How to apply

Candidates apply for the Doctor of Philosophy program in the appropriate Research School, and award applications shall be called for with a closing date as set by the Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions (ICEDS).

Selection will be made on the basis of the following Selection Criteria:

  1. applicability of the project to solve challenges presented by climate change. Applications that do not have climate change responses (adaptation or mitigation or their interaction) as a core component of the proposed research will not be considered; and
  2. academic merit, potential and performance based on their academic record, referee reports and other evidence; and
  3. the applicant's background and reasons for seeking the scholarship including applicant's demonstration of how the scholarship could be a game-changer for their own development.

Applicants should submit the following documents:

  1. A concise letter (1-2 pages) addressing the Eligibility Criteria. Applications that do not address the Eligibility Criteria will not be considered. The letter must also outline the applicant's background and explain why this scholarship would be a game-changer for them.
  2. A concise project brief (1-2 pages) that explicitly addresses the Selection Criteria and outlines the applicant's supervisory arrangements.
  3. Supporting documents relating to the Selection Criteria, including:
    1. 1-2 references from supervisors and/or other relevant sources, and
    2. Academic transcripts and other relevant documents.
  4. CV.

These documents are to be emailed to ICEDS prior to the closing date.

Further information

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