Early Human Behaviour and Technological Transitions in the Kalahari Desert

Project opportunity

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

This PhD project will focus on developing the record of human adaptation to environmental change in the southern Kalahari and the technological transition from the Acheulean to the Middle Stone Age. The project will involve developing a record of early human landscape occupation that will be coupled with geomorphological reconstruction of ancient desert lake systems in the southern Kalahari. Data generated from survey, excavation, and analysis will contribute to the larger project aim of helping resolve debates over when, where, and how modern human behaviour emerged.

Scholarship value

As a scholarship recipient, you'll receive: 

  • living stipend of $32,192 per annum tax free (2023 rate), indexed annually
  • tuition fees covered
  • single Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)


Dr Benjamin Schoville

School of Social Science

Email: b.schoville@uq.edu.au

Preferred educational background

Your application will be assessed on a competitive basis.

We take into account your

  • previous academic record
  • publication record
  • honours and awards
  • employment history.

A working knowledge of lithic artefact analysis and human evolution would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of archaeology, geology, or related field and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of GIS is highly desirable.

Latest commencement date

If you are the successful candidate, you must commence by Research Quarter 1, 2023. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date.

If you are an international applicant, you may need to apply much earlier for visa requirements.

How to apply

You apply for this project as part of your PhD program application.

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