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Fri, 21 Jul 2023

JCU researcher scholarships now highest in Queensland

PhD candidate Jessica Muller
PhD candidate Jessica Muller

James Cook University’s PhD scholarship students are now the highest paid in the state.

JCU’s Deputy Vice Chancellor Research, Professor Jenny Seddon, said the University is strongly investing in research. She said stipends for PhD scholarship candidates have risen to reflect increases in the cost of living.

“From July 1 we raised stipends to $33,500, up from $29,863. This amount will increase by 1.5% to $34,502 in 2024,” said Professor Seddon.

She said the rate is the highest among all Queensland Universities, and well above the base rate set by the Department of Education.

“PhD candidates are essential to universities because they bring fresh perspectives and innovative ideas to the university. They also contribute significantly to research outputs and the intellectual capital of universities,” said Professor Seddon.

JCU Health PhD candidate Jessica Muller said it’s great to see the university committed to prioritising research by investing in students.

“In the current financial climate, every little bit counts, and this relieves some of the pressure. It allows us to focus on our research to make an impact in our community,” said Ms Muller.

Professor Seddon said PhD candidates have chosen to enrol in research degree programs that aim to foster intellectual independence and produce cutting-edge research.“We have put our money behind our students, recognising their important role in research,” said Professor Seddon.