Fitzroy Partnership for River Health is proud to sponsor ongoing research through its scholarship program, HeART of the Basin. The scholarship celebrates the contribution of Fitzroy Partnership for River Health’s first Independent Science Panel Chair, Emeritus Professor Barry Hart.
HeART of the Basin Scholarship
Fitzroy Partnership for River Health established the HeART of the Basin Scholarship in 2016.
The $2,000 scholarship celebrates the contribution of Emeritus Professor Barry Hart who was a founding member of the Partnership. In fact it was following recommendations by Emeritus Professor Hart, that the Partnership evolved. The Hart report was prepared after the Fitzroy Basin floods in 2008 floods and a subsequent cumulative impact assessment study also highlighted the need for an integrated monitoring and reporting system for water quality in the Fitzroy Basin. In 2014, following the resignation of Professor Hart from the inaugural Independent Science Panel Chair position, the Partnership created the HeART of the Basin Award to recognise river champions and to honour his contribution.
The scholarship is open to research students at CQUniversity studying Honours, Masters by Research or PhD to progress their learnings in a research topic relating to improving waterway health in the Fitzroy Basin. It is expected the scholarship will be used by the chosen applicant for research expenses.
2021 will mark the fifth year the Scholarship is awarded.
Previous recipients are as follows:
- 2016 – PhD Candidate Evan Chua for support of his research titled ‘Development of toolbox for fish health assessment in aquatic ecosystems associated with coal and gas industries in the Fitzroy Basin‘. Read more about Evan’s research by clicking here.
- 2017/18 – Masters research candidate Julie-Ann Malan to support her research titled ‘Off Stream watering points for cattle as a method of riparian restoration’. Read more about Julie-Ann’s research by clicking here.
- 2019 – Honours candidate Tiffany Brown to support her research titled ‘Microplastics in the Final Effluent of Wastewater Treatment Plants’.
Scholarship value: $2,000
Study Region: Rockhampton or distance. Research focus to be within the Fitzroy Basin region – see map here.
Application Form: Review and download the HeART of the Basin Scholarship Application Form by clicking here.
For more details on closing date, eligibility and selection criteria please visit – https://www.cqu.edu.au/courses/future-students/scholarships/offerings/heart-of-the-basin-scholarship