TNQ Drought Hub Scholarships

The TNQ Drought Hub is encouraging and supporting honours students through scholarships (full time and top-up) to conduct regionally focused drought resilience projects that will build academic knowledge in the agricultural sector.

TNQ Hub Scholarships

The Tropical North Queensland Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub is paving the way to deliver drought resilience activities in tropical north Queensland in partnership with James Cook University (JCU).

The TNQ Drought Hub has recently offered 2024 scholarship opportunities for  students within the TNQ Hub region who are interested in undertaking an Honours project in 2024 on a topic that is aligned to the TNQ Drought Hub priorities.

The TNQ Drought Hub priorities encompass drought and climate change adaptation, land management, innovation, and technology, enhancing skills and human capacity, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait agricultural enterprise. These priorities will help guide the key challenges and opportunities for agricultural businesses, their towns and communities and regions within Tropical North Queensland to build drought resilience and preparedness.

The scholarships are up to the value $5,000 for full-time students. The successful students will be passionate about building resilience and drought preparedness in agriculture and associated industries.

Scholarship Recipients

The TNQ Drought Hub is pleased to announce the names and provide the research abstracts of the James Cook University students that are being awarded scholarship funding to support their drought resilience research during 2023.

Students were asked to submit their research topic and discuss how it aligned with the TNQ Hub priorities to ensure it would contribute to the current and future agricultural needs of Tropical North Queensland.

As part of their scholarship milestones, students will be providing summary reports/videos and overviews of any identified practical applications that can be shared with the sector and industry representatives.

The scholarships are proudly funded by the Transformational Agricultural Systems Program and facilitated by the Building Human Capacity Program.


Systematic interrogation of groundwater sampling techniques, equipment and analytics to constrain their impact on water metrics and refine best practice sampling for North Queensland.

Keywords: Groundwater Sampling, Water Quality, Analyte Metrics, Environmental Impact

Optimal drone survey design and vegetation filtering to produce accurate high resolution digital terrain models in alluvial gullies.

Keywords: Drones, Digital Terrain Models, Erosion, Gullies, Hydrology

The influence of social identity on water conservation behaviour in Australia during periods of drought: A pilot study.

Keywords: Water management, Social identity, Rural-urban division, Resource access, Equity

Testing the Effectiveness of Invertebrate Sensor in Determining Agricultural Biodiversity.

Keywords: Sensor Technology, Invertebrate Diversity, Biodiversity, Indicator Species, Agricultural Land

Hydrological modelling of an alluvial gully complex in the upper Burdekin catchment.

Keywords: Hydrological Modelling, Savanna Rangeland, Alluvial Gully, Runoff, Rainfall

Bare Ground Restoration in the Southern Gulf.

Keywords: Restoration Techniques, Land Cover, Soil Properties, Vegetation Reestablishment, Ground Cover Change

Carbon sequestration and enhancing yield of rainfed sugarcane on acidic soils through enhanced weathering of basalt.

Keywords: Enhanced weathering, Basalt, Carbon sequestration, Bicarbonate, Soil pH

Empowering Indigenous Bush Food enterprises through implementing drought resilience practices and climate change adaptations.

Keywords: Bush food, Indigenous, Economic development, Climate change, Traditional knowledge

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