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AMC offers a range of scholarships for Higher Degree by Research candidates of exceptional research potential to AMC's unique research facilities.

The selection criteria for these Scholarships are based on academic merit and demonstrated research potential.

We also provide our PhD candidates with a suite of practical resources throughout their Higher Degree by Research including laptops, opportunities for performance-based scholarship top ups, cloud data storage, a conference support fund, generic skilling and supportive candidature management.


Applications are NOW OPEN for the 2016 John Bicknell Scholarship!

The late Captain John Bicknell was a long-serving AMC Council member, as well as the chairman of the AMC Search Ltd Board from 1998 - 2004. The commemorative John Bicknell Scholarship was first awarded in 2005.

The John Bicknell Scholarship is equivalent to a University of Tasmania Elite scholarship (current APA rate + $7,500 top-up per annum), with additional operational funds of up to $5,000 per annum) for a term of 3 years (with a possible 6 month extension). The scholarship is available to domestic and international applicants, and the awardee must meet or exceed the criteria of a University of Tasmania Elite award. It is awarded on an annual basis, subject to funds being available. 

Applicants have the choice of the projects listed below. Please note that funding is not transferable to other projects. Applicants requiring more information or who are interested in a specific project should contact the Primary Supervisor listed for that project. 

Applicants are to complete a University of Tasmania application form, and supply all required supporting documentation (forms can be accessed here). Please ensure that a complete list of any publications and awards are included, as well as details of relevant industry experience (indicating employer  name, type of business, employment dates and principal responsibilities). International applicants will also need to provide evidence of their English proficiency (such as an IELTS certificate). It is the responsibility of the applicant to obtain supervisor agreement prior to submitting an application, and to ensure that all supporting documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. 

Applications for the 2016 John Bicknell Scholarship are to be submitted electronically to the Northern Research Hub (

CLOSING DATE: 5pm (AEST), Wednesday 30 September 2015

Late applications will not be considered.


Project topics for the 2016 John Bicknell Scholarship:

For further details regarding the individual projects, please contact the appropriate Primary Supervisor listed on the attached Project Summaries document.

Project Summaries List for the 2016 John Bicknell Scholarship (see link at bottom of page)

1. Prevention of extreme roll motion through ship's motion responses 
Supervisors: Dr Hossein Enshaei, Prof Dev Ranmutugala, A/Prof Jonathan Duffy

2. Turbulence variability at the ice-ocean boundary using autonomous data collection platforms
Supervisors: Dr Alexander Forrest, Dr Remo Cossu, Prof Charles Lemckert, Dr Robin Robertson

3. The integrated autonomous navigation and manoeuvring aide system (IANMAS): improving maritime-vehicle operational efficiency and environmental credentials
Supervisors: Dr Shinsuke Matstubara, A/Prof Gregor MacFarlane

4. Adding value to cruise supply chains
Supervisors: Dr Hilary Pateman, Dr Stephen Cahoon, Dr Shu-Ling (Peggy) Chen

5. Advanced control technology development for shipboard power management
Supervisors: Dr Shantha Jayasinghe, Dr Hossein Enshaei



For further information about the application process, please email


2016 John Foster Scholarships / AMC Scholarships

Applications from international and domestic candidates (PhD only) open on Monday 17th August 2016 and close 5pm (AEST) Wednesday 30th September 2015. This scholarship is equivalent to a living allowance of $25,849 pa. (2015 full-time APA rate).

  ___________________________________________________________________________________________________   Other Scholarships available to AMC candidates

Further Information & Enquiries

Please contact Dr Megan StrideGraduate Research Administration Officer in the Launceston Research Hub for information and the application process.      
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