Students and opportunities


Our postgraduate program supports and extends the broader research activities of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC. We provide two main types of support – postgraduate (funded) and associate.

The postgraduate scholarship program provides access to full and top-up scholarships over three and a half years, and access to industry expertise and support.

The associate student program is specifically designed for students conducting research in relevant areas but not already directly involved with the CRC. This research is likely to be of significant interest to CRC stakeholders. Interested students can find out more here,


The Student Placement Program is an exciting opportunity for our students to undertake short-term placements within our partner organisations. This is part of our overall professional development plan for our students to be better prepared to work within the sector. Find out more here.

Domestic and international conference travel support is available to PhD and associate students. Total funds available to support travel are capped annually. Download the conference travel application form here. Completed forms should be returned via email to: Nick Mahony,

PhD students are also eligible to apply for funding for quick response research following natural hazards. The aim is to provide support to travel to areas affected by natural hazards where an understanding of the event directly relates to their PhD studies. Visit the quick response funding page for more information. 

Student progress

The CRC has exceeded its original target of 34 PhD completions by 2021. Our students' progress as of June 2021 is:

  • 150 total students
  • 88 completed students
  • 62 research projects in progress.

Course type

The CRC education program supports 150 students, of which 135 are PhD students and 15 are Master’s by Research students. Our scholarship program has financially supported 54 PhD and 2 Masters students, with our associate student cohort comprising 81 PhD and 13 Masters students.


Our students demonstrate the breadth of CRC engagement with the higher education sector, with CRC students enrolled at 34 universities, including institutions in every Australian state and territory, as well as institutions in New Zealand and Canada.


The CRC student cohort has a gender split of 47% female, 53% male. Our associate program is a near even split (47 Female, 46 male) while females comprise exactly 40% of the CRC scholarship program. 


Our student cohort are contributing to research across a broad spectrum of disciplines.

Graduate destination

The CRC education program is supporting the development of the next generation of emergency management leaders, practitioners and researchers. Completed students are building their careers in research/academia, public sector organisations, consulting practices and engineering firms. Graduate destinations include:

  • NSW Rural Fire Service
  • HVP Plantation
  • Willis Towers Watson
  • Emergency Management Victoria
  • Australian Institute of Criminology
  • Tasmania Fire Service
  • Australian Antarctic Division


Associate Students