Australian Institute of Marine Science Scholarships

Graduate Research School For Candidates Scholarships Australian Institute of Marine Science Scholarships

AIMS@JCU scholarships are competitive scholarships are open to domestic and international research applicants and have specific requirements, including the inclusion of an Advisor from both James Cook University (JCU) and from Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS).

They provide the following:

  • Stipend for 4 years, plus tuition fees if applicable
  • Additional funding support for professional development in quantitative methods appropriate to the project
  • Additional $5,000 per year as stipend top-up or project costs (as agreed between student and supervisors)

All applications must be in by 31st October 2017.

Choose your project

When choosing your project:

  • Your project should be closely aligned with AIMS research, as delivered through the AIMS Strategic Plan 2015-2025 and current Research Programs.
  • Project proposals that have quantitative outcomes as a central focus of at least one key research question, and, that will result in the advanced application and development of quantitative skills and tools, will be considered favourably.
  • Download the list of project outlines that have been pre-approved by AIMS. (You are also encouraged to develop your own project outline).


You must meet all candidature eligibility and scholarship competitiveness (merit score) criteria set by the James Cook University Graduate Research School (GRS).

Your proposed team of advisors must include at least one staff member from both JCU and AIMS, who have agreed to supervise you in your proposed project. At least one staff member from each organisation must be named on and sign the candidature and scholarship application forms.

Recipients selection

The process of selecting a recipient is contributed to by both JCU and AIMs:

  • JCU: A prospective candidate’s applications is assessed for eligibility and scholarship competitiveness, via policies and procedures managed by the GRS at JCU.
  • AIMS: The project proposed by the applicant is assessed for alignment with the AIMS Strategic Plan, and endorsement for identified AIMS resources is confirmed. (This process has already occurred for the pre-approved projects).
  • GRS will advise AIMS and JCU which applicants have met both candidature and scholarship eligibility.
  • Applications that meet candidature and scholarship eligibility, and AIMS endorsement, are then considered further for an AIMS@JCU scholarship at a combined meeting of the AIMS@JCU Management Committee and Scientific Advisory Committee.

More information

For any assistance in identifying potential supervisors for your project proposal contact