Doctor of Philosophy

Are you considering doing a PhD? We have many interesting projects waiting for talented postgraduate researchers. 

Why do a PhD in Earth Sciences at RSES?

PhD graduates are valued by a range of employers for their demonstrated creativity, innovation, independence, research and problem-solving abilities, and organisational skills. A PhD in Earth Sciences can lead to a whole new world of opportunities. For example, you may

  • become an educator or science communicator;
  • become a scientist in a university, industry or government research organisation;
  • help understand the environmental challenges facing modern society and participate in development of solutions;
  • gain access to a wide range of careers, not just in academic research.

During your PhD studies at RSES, you may undertake field work in interesting and remote parts of the world, use and help develop cutting edge analytical and experimental equipment and techniques, and attend and present the findings of your original research at an international conference.


ANU has a range of scholarships available to both local and international PhD students. For more information please visit the scholarships page.

Examples of projects

To find a project you may be interested on please visit the Projects page.

Projects are an indication of the topics available, you should contact your prospective supervisor asap to discuss the details of the project.

How to apply?

Applications must be submitted to ANU student administration division via the study@ANU pages.

We strongly recommend you make contact with an academic staff member in RSES to discuss potential projects and your course of study before you submit your application. It is important that a staff member 'mentor' your application, and that this person keeps track of its progress. It is also advisable for you maintain regular communication with this person, and make him or her aware of any difficulties associated with the administrative process.


For general enquiries regarding postgraduate study at RSES please contact

RSES Student Officer
Research School of Earth Sciences
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200 AUSTRALIA

+61 2 6125 8321 F+61 2 6125

Updated:  24 May 2019/Responsible Officer:  RSES Webmaster/Page Contact:  RSES Webmaster