Hunter Research Project Support Scholarship

The successful applicants of grants of between $5,000 and $8,000 for use in 2020 are:

  1. Emma Marangon
  2. Makeely Blandford

Students must be conducting undertaking a Higher Degree by Research doing research on the Great Barrier Reef and/or the environmental impacts of climate change and anthropogenic stressors in another environment primarily in Australia. However projects may have international locations (such as coral reefs in Australia, the Red Sea and Caribbean).


Funds may be used for, but not limited to, the following areas:
*Purchase of equipment
*Travel and associated field trip expenses (e.g. boat hire)
*Analytical services
*Library visits or visits to appropriate labs to learn new methods etc
*Conference attendance (if the student is presenting their research work)

Successful recipients will be asked to produce an impact report, article or video at the end of the funding year. The impact report/article/video should document how the research transpired and what outcomes have, or will, come from the project, the communities that have benefited and any on-going research. This report/video may be used in conjunction with the Donor’s name in University communications.

Selection Panel: College Science & Engineering, Earth & Environmental Sciences (EES) Group. Note: You do not have to be a student in the EES group to be eligible for the award.

If you wish to apply to receive these funds, please complete the application form and return to grs@jcu.edu.au by 5pm on 30 September 2019.

About the Donor: Alison Hunter is a born and bred North Queenslander from Mackay. She attended JCU between 1974 and 1977 and completed her BA in Geography with Honours in 1977. She returned to JCU in 1980 as a staff member, working for 15 years in the JCU Library (now the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library) in Townsville. Alison chose to give back to the University in a practical way that would benefit not only students but also the North Queensland environment, focusing on the Great Barrier Reef and/or anthropogenic and climate change impacts. She specifically wants to provide assistance for graduate students who may not have sufficient funding to enable them to “think wider, aim higher, and achieve great things.”