Politely referred to as ‘non-charismatic’ or ‘unloved’ species, some threatened species are at an even greater risk of extinction because they’re not valued.
The NESP Threatened Species Recovery Hub is offering top-up funding for a current PhD student to research the role of communications in building community buy-in and support for ‘non-charismatic species,’ as part of Project 6.3.
Potential topics include: ‘Increasing support for non-charismatic species: How to get the unloved loved?’, and ‘Understanding attitudes towards the role of fire and threatened species control in threatened species management’, however students will be encouraged to propose other topics within that broader scope.
Students must have their own PhD stipend or scholarship. The annual $7,000 top-up will be offered for three years to augment their PhD stipend.
Applications for RMIT’s mid-year PhD scholarships close on Monday 2 May, 2016.
Please contact Georgia Garrard: email@example.com or +61 3 9925 9986.
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