Study with us

Let your study meet the reef. North Queensland Bulk Port and James Cook University are ready to support the next generation of marine scientists with on-ground opportunities.

Are you ready to take your love of marine science to another level?

Our partnership offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to combine your marine science studies with on-the ground (and on-water) experience and mentorship at North Queensland Bulk Ports' ports, three of which are in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

Student Intern profiles

Each year Janes Cook University interns spend time with North Queensland Bulk Ports to experience life with our Environment team. Meet our interns interns below.

Ingrid Naschwitz | January 2021

Ingrid interned with NQBP while completing her post-graduate Master of Science degree and holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Hons majoring in Bio-systems Engineering) management. Read more.

Study programs and scholarships

Apply for one of the study opportunities or scholarships we have available.


Please note: Applications are currently closed, reopening October 2021.

The North Queensland Bulk Ports Marine Science Scholarship program provides an exciting opportunity for students to study marine science at JCU whilst building important links to future employers as well as mentoring opportunities. There are two scholarships available.

A core value of the JCU/NQBP partnership is to provide the opportunity for high school students to study marine science at JCU. Providing this funding support will allow students to focus on achieving the most from their time with JCU, in addition to working closely with JCU and NQBP staff, as part of a mentorship program for potentially a successful career in the ports sector.

Who can apply

If you’re interested in commencing Bachelor of Science (Marine Science) at James Cook University. Women and students identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders are especially encouraged to apply.

You must meet the following criteria:

  • are a domestic students, i.e. Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens and holders of a permanent visa; and
  • are a commencing student (school leaver)
  • are enrolled or intend to enrol in a Bachelor of Science (Marine Science)
  • are enrolled or intend to enrol full-time (minimum of 9 credit points) at the JCU Cairns or Townsville Campus.

What you receive

NQBP will provide each scholarship recipient:

  • $5000 per year ($15,000 total) for three years to assist your studies at JCU
  • accommodation costs during NQBP work experience in Mackay: One week per year for the first and second years and two weeks for year three

What you need to apply

Applications must be submitted on the official online application form via JCU's website and be received no later than the advertised close date 15 January 2020.

Applicants must submit with the official form and where appropriate:

  • A copy of your Academic Record
  • A written statement of no more than 500 words outlining:
    1. Why did you want to study marine science at JCU.
    2. What you hope to do with your degree.
    3. Other skills and experience or background.
  1. Academic Record from high school or last study experience.
  2. A Character Reference from a teacher, employer, community member who can attest to your work ethos.
  3. A Resume outlining your achievements, skills and work experience.
  4. A Written Statement (500 words) outlining:
  • Why you want to study marine science at JCU
  • What you hope to do with your degree
  • Other skills and experience or background

Placement activities with NQBP require students to be able to be able to meet fitness for work requirements which include vessel-based activities. Please let us know in your written statement if you may not be able to meet physical fitness for work requirements.

How to apply and more information

For further information or to begin your application go to JCU's online application portal.

We'll have more on our PhD scholarship soon. If you are interested or have any questions contact doctor Nathan Waltham via email:


James Cook University’s TropWATER and North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP) are offering a one-of-a-kind opportunity for two JCU students to undertake a Summer internship and industry placement. This exciting opportunity is open to all qualifying JCU students,  female or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander are especially encouraged to apply.

Who can apply

Students enrolled in either a second or third year undergraduate course, an honours or post-graduate program focusing on marine science at James Cook University.

What you receive

  • A four-week industry-research placement with JCU and NQBP.
  • A grant of $2,000 to help fund flights, and other costs required to undertake the internship.
  • Guidance from JCU and NQBP staff during a research and industry application experience over four weeks during the semester two and three breaks between November 2020 and February 2021.

What you need to apply

  1. A one-page cover letter describing why you want participate in the program and what skills you can bring to TropWATER and NQBP.
  2. A Resume - max two pages
  3. Academic transcript
  4. Two academic references.

How to apply

Submit your application to Dr Michael Rasheed via email to

Applications close: 5pm 23rd October 2020

We'll have more on our Masters opportunities soon. If you are interested or have any questions contact doctor Nathan Waltham via email:

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