The Blue Economy CRC places heavy emphasis on Education & Training, with an unprecedented scale of research opportunities on offer, including fully funded Higher Degree by Research (HDR) PhD scholarships and Postdoctoral Research Fellows appointments across its five research programs.

HDRs and Postdoctoral Research Fellows are expected to present at a national and international conference, co-funded by the CRC and their host institution. The CRC will hold showcase events to communicate CRC research outcomes and provide training opportunities for students, ECRs and professionals.

Postdoctoral and PhD appointments

Industry placement & internships

Liaison with industry & government

Public outreach & education


Events & forums


PhD scholarships will be funded up to 3.5 years in duration at the equivalent Research Training Program (RTP) full-time base stipend rates provided by the Australian Government Department of Education (see

To attract the best candidates the Blue Economy CRC will be offering PhD scholarships ‘top-ups’ of $10,000 per annum.

PhDs will be linked to industry driven research topics and part of their candidacy will be embedded with industry and government partners. This will help ensure candidates are work ready and are connected to potential employers.

Successful candidates will be enrolled with one of our Australian University partners and will be supervised conjointly with research organisations, industry and government participants in the CRC.


Postdoctoral Research Fellows appointed in the Blue Economy CRC will provide the CRC with a dynamic workforce that will support the five research program’s activities. Their involvement will span not only the aquaculture, engineering and offshore renewable energy sectors but also include environment, ecosystems, and offshore regulatory policy.


Education and training will be delivered by CRC participants who have extensive industry and R&D experience and reputation in the community.

A range of measures and programs have been built on collaborative feedback and are designed to add value to industry participants and researchers alike. This includes options for industry placement of early career researchers and PhD candidates, international exchanges of staff and researchers, vocational education and training opportunities, entrepreneurial support through leading investment incubators and an active program of events to provide opportunities for professional development, networking, public outreach and knowledge exchange.

The training and education outcomes of the CRC will lead to a transformation in blue economy collaboration, capability building and productivity, and train a cohort of specialist scientists and engineers with detailed cross-discipline knowledge to work in Australia’s future blue economy industries. Creation of new knowledge, technologies and future leaders will underpin the growth and productivity of participating sectors across Australia and internationally.

The Blue Economy CRC will provide further information on how to apply for a PhD in early 2020. In the meantime, we invite you to submit an expression of interest (including a recent CV) for a PhD or postdoctoral research fellow position by completing the form below.