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Australian Government Research Training (RTP) Domestic and International Stipend Scholarships - Now CLOSED

Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Domestic Stipend Scholarships.

The Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarship provides a living allowance of AU$28,092 per annum, (2020 rate indexed annually) tax-free, paid in fortnightly instalments.

Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) International Tuition Fee Offset and Stipend Scholarships.

The Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) International Fee Offset and Stipend Scholarships are available to international applicants only. This provides a living allowance of AU$28,092 per annum (2020 rate indexed annually) and a Tuition Fee Offset. Students must be enrolled as full-time, on-campus for the duration of their candidature.

RTP Application Dates.

Applications are now closed. 

Further information on Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships can be found here.

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ANSTO Industry Foundations Scholarships

ANSTO announces that applications are now being accepted for Industry foundations scholarship.

Under the auspices of an NSW government funding scheme to establish a five year Graduate Institute 'Industry Foundations Program', ANSTO is awarding a minimum of 5 scholarships in the first year.  Graduate students who are working on industry-focused translational research projects in 2020 aligned with ANSTO strategic objectives are invited to apply.

The scholarships include a top-up stipend of $7,500 and approved travel and accommodation support of up to $10,000, depending on location.

Recipients must be graduates of a Bachelor or equivalent degree or higher and be within 5 years of graduation or be undertaking a higher degree by research. 

It is anticipated that most recipients will be undertaking a PhD by research hosted by an NSW university and will hold a Research Training Program or similar scholarship. 

Where a recipient is enrolled at an Australian or New Zealand university, that university must be a member of the Australian Institute for Nuclear Science and Engineering  (AINSE).

Recipients must spend at least 6 months at an ANSTO facility.

Recipients will work on an industry-focused project aligned with ANSTO strategic objectives, with priority given to translational research projects related to the development of radiopharmaceuticals and their application; defence; fusion; Nuclear Technology capability development; and/or projects which align with one of ANSTO’s strategic research program themes of environment; human health; or the nuclear fuel cycle.

All projects must have a nominated ANSTO supervisor who will be expected to be a formal co-supervisor (as defined by the university) of any recipients that are students at a university.

All projects must have industry support. The nature of the support could include cash or in-kind contributions as well as an indication by the industry partner that the project is a useful undertaking. Priority will be given in accordance with the value of the support indicated.

Queries may be directed to any potential ANSTO collaborator or the ANSTO Points of Contact regarding specific research projects or to Andrew Peele (Andrew.Peele@ansto.gov.au) for all other queries. See details about Priority Focus Areas and Points of Contact on the Industry Foundations Scholarship page.

The Graduate Institute is part of ANSTO’s Innovation Precinct, a globally-connected, vibrant and inclusive community with researchers, start-ups and industries delivering inspired solutions in partnership for a sustainable world.

22 November 2019 

Full details and a scholarship guide on the Industry Foundations Scholarship page. 

Masters of Sicence (Plant Science) Scholarship - Reducing the generation time of Passionfruit

Passionfruit (Passiflora edulis) is a fast-growing vine that has been domesticated and cultivated only relatively recently as a source of fruit for fresh consumption and extracted pulp which can be preserved.

The Australian industry has existed for at least 60 years with a focus on supplying fresh fruit to the local market. Two genetically different forms of Passiflora edulis have been scientifically described – Passiflora edulis f. edulis, which is usually described as ‘purple’ passionfruit and P. edulis f. flavicarpa, ‘yellow’ passionfruit. Australian growers obtain better prices for the more familiar purple coloured fruits, which are now sourced from vines which are a combination of the two forms after hybridisation in Australia in the 1970’s. Lines with flavicarpa genetic background are known as “Panama types” in the industry and these can have dark coloured fruits. Differences between typical ‘purple’ vines and Panama types include: fruit size (purple smaller), fruit colour (Panama variable - yellow, red or brown), method of propagation (Panama by seed) and reliance on rootstock (purples are grafted onto Panama seedlings as a fungus resistant rootstock by necessity). 

The current National Passionfruit Breeding program is run from Southern Cross University and aims to produce new varieties of passionfruit for the Australian industry, with current emphasis on purple passionfruit, since the current selections are in a state of decline. It would be highly advantageous to produce new inbred lines of purple passionfruit for crossing to produce stable hybrid F1s for assessment. The current purple selections are nearly all highly heterozygous, and crossing usually produces highly variable F2 type segregation in the progeny. Fixing the heterozygous lines requires a number of generations and to speed this process, this project would focus on reducing the current generation time (one year under field conditions) to speed up the breeding process.

This project aims to:

  • Develop procedures to grow passionfruit in soil-free media in a polytunnel with fertigation in small spaces
  • Develop procedures to reduce time to flowering and/or viable seed production from fruit from polytunnel grown vines.

Southern Cross University has been working alongside the Australian passionfruit industry for more than four years and manages an arboretum and trial site and seed bank for passionfruit as well as managing trials on growers’ properties. There is a wide range of germplasm available for use in the project from inbred lines through partially inbred lines to highly heterozygous individuals.

Experimental approaches:

The project will focus on establishing protocols for growing vines to fruiting stage in soil-free media in a polytunnel and/or glasshouse, manipulating growing conditions to induce flowering early in the life cycle, and some work on tissue culture approaches to raising plantlets from immature seed of passionfruit (embryo rescue).  

The work will include:

  • Critical review of existing relevant peer-reviewed scientific literature
  • Set up seedling vines in pots with established growth media in polytunnel with standard fertigation system and monitor growth.
  • Potentially test different growth media and test different irrigation/fertigation systems, trellis systems and pruning regimes to control plant growth and test for their potential to induce early flowering.
  • Transfer seedling growth system to glasshouse (if available) to enable testing of temperature and photoperiod regimes to observe effects on flowering
  • Test different self-pollination and crossing systems and establish pollen preservation methods.
  • Carry out self-pollination of flowers produced on vines.
  • Optimise conditions in polytunnel or glasshouse to the fast production of flowers/fruit
  • Test viability of seed from unripe fruit and test a range of conditions tissue culture conditions to germinate seeds which are not fully developed (embryo rescue).
  • Test different DNA marker systems to efficiently monitor rates of heterozygosity and establish genetic fingerprints.

Training:

This studentship would be suitable for a graduate in biological sciences and will provide training in:

  • Experimental design and logistics of research experiments
  • Growing plants in plant growth facilities and record keeping
  • Working in a sterile environment
  • Basic molecular biology
  • Basic statistical analysis
  • Report writing

In addition, this Masters of Science (Plant Science) candidature will be managed within the SCU postgraduate training programme in Plant Science Innovation , which provides opportunities to benefit from a broader range of professional training alongside the focused research project.

Links to ongoing work and potential collaboration:

Southern Cross Plant Science is a Research Centre within Southern Cross University (SCU), and carries out research underpinning the selection, cultivation and utilization of plants. SCPS infrastructure includes facilities for plant growth, analytical chemistry, high-throughput DNA sequencing, genotyping, proteomics and bioinformatics. SCU has achieved the highest rating of exceptional performance, well above world standard in the past two national assessments of research excellence (2012 and 2015) for crop and pasture production and agricultural science.

Eligibilty: The successful applicants will need to apply and meet the entry requirements to enrol in a Masters of Science (Plant Science) at Southern Cross University. You will be expected to enrol on a full time basis.

International candidates are eligible to apply, however, if successful the successful candidate will need to fund their own travel to Australia to commence studies, application fees associated with any required visa and overseas health cover insurance expenses. International applicants may be required to undertake a Skype/Zoom interview.

Scholarship: SCU scholarship for 18 months at $28,092 per annum.

How to Apply: Please send your CV and a short (maximum one page) statement explaining how your research interests and experience align with the project to Dr Peter Bundock peter.bundock@scu.edu.au.

This project will be based at SCU’s campus in Lismore, NSW, Australia.

This project is carried out in an industry context and is co-funded by the industry partner Passionfruit Australia Incorporated (PAI).

December 2019 

Dr Peter Bundock 

peter.bundock@scu.edu.au

 

PhD Scholarship - Redox in the rhizosphere: a new paradigm for plant phosphorus acquisition

Project Details: The low efficiency of phosphorus use in agriculture and the finite nature of rock phosphate fertiliser resources has driven major research efforts toward understanding how plants can access recalcitrant inorganic phosphorus pools in soils. Particularly in soils dominated by iron minerals, which are widespread, low phosphorus availability strongly limits plant growth and crop yields. While there has been significant research into ways to increase phosphorus availability in soil, much of this work has been based on an incomplete understanding of the nature of mineral bound phosphorus. This PhD project will examine whether microbially-mediated redox reactions in rhizosphere can play a major role in acquisition of phosphorus by plants in aerobic, acid soils. The specific project aims are to:

  • determine how local redox conditions influence phosphorus bioavailability in the aerobic rhizosphere;
  • investigate the extent to which rhizosphere microorganisms can manipulate local redox conditions, and how this is impacted by plant exudates;
  • examine the extent to which microbially-mediated redox processes influence phosphorus bioavailability to a model crop (wheat) under glasshouse conditions; and
  • test practical ways to modify redox in the rhizosphere and evaluate impacts on plant phosphorus uptake in the field.

The project will primarily involve laboratory-based experimental work employing a variety of chemical and electrochemical methods to examine the influence of varying redox state on phosphorus chemistry in simulated soil systems, in the absence and presence of cultured soil microorganisms. Plant trials will also be conducted in both glasshouse and field conditions using wheat as a model crop.

Eligibility: Applicants must have an Honours or Master degree, undertaken in English, in a relevant field such as biogeochemistry, soil science, environmental chemistry, or environmental microbiology. Experience with electrochemistry, analytical chemistry, plant trials and/or bacterial culturing would be very favourable considered. International candidates are eligible to apply, however, if successful you will need to fund your own travel to Australia to commence studies and you will be responsible for obtaining and paying for any visas and associated requirements (e.g. overseas student health cover).

Location: The successful applicant will work within the research centres Southern Cross GeoScience and Southern Cross Plant Science at Southern Cross University’s Lismore campus. You will also be expected to spend some time working with collaborators at the NSW Department of Primary Industries Wollongbar Primary Industries Institute (near Lismore), and to undertake field work with collaborators from Riverine Plains for several weeks near Wagga Wagga in southern NSW.

How to apply: Please send your CV and a short (maximum one page) statement explaining how your research interests and experience align with the project to Professor Andrew Rose (andrew.rose@scu.edu.au). Applications without this information or with statements longer than one page will not be considered.

The PhD scholarship is funded by the Soil CRC  and will provide a tax-free stipend of $28,092 per annum (2020 rate) indexed annually for up to 3 years (with a possible 6 month extension subject to approval), including a tuition fee waiver for international students. PhD scholars through the Soil CRC will have opportunities to develop their industry knowledge and relevance, through additional training and networking opportunities associated with the Soil CRC, and will be part of nationwide cohort of Soil CRC postgraduate students. They will have the opportunity to work with researchers, farmers groups and industry from across Australia and New Zealand through the Soil CRC PhD program.

Until position is filled

 Professor Andrew Rose

andrew.rose@scu.edu.au 

PhD Scholarship - Soil organic matter storage in deep soils 

Soil measurements rarely extend below the top 20 cm of agricultural soils. However, what we do in these top 20 cm (cultivating, tilling, fertilising, etc) may dramatically alter the structure and function of deeper soil, where we now know large quantities of carbon and nitrogen are stored. Understanding how sub-surface processes affect, and are affected by, farm fertility is the new frontier of soil science. This PhD project will provide the first quantification of the nitrogen stored and recycled below the rooting zone in Australian soils. Stable isotope (15N, 13C) and radioisotope (210Pb, 137Cs) techniques will be used to assess the quantity and turnover of soil organic matter.

Eligibility: Applicants must have an Honours or Master degree, undertaken in English, in a related field such as biogeochemistry, soil science, environmental chemistry, or closely related. The project will involve extended periods of on-farm field sampling as well as intensive laboratory work. Experience with isotope and/or soil techniques is preferred.

International candidates are eligible to apply, however, if successful the successful candidate will need to fund their own travel to Australia to commence studies, application fees associated with any required visa and overseas health cover insurance expenses. International applicants may be required to undertake a Skype/Zoom interview.

Location: The successful candidate will be based in the Centre for Coastal Biogeochemistry at Southern Cross University in northeastern New South Wales. The Centre received the highest rank of 5.0, well above world average, in geochemistry in the most recent national assessment of research excellence. The project involves active collaboration with researchers at CSIRO Agriculture & Food, the Department of Primary Industries Victoria, and Federation University. It is expected that the candidate will spend part of their time based with these collaborators while undertaking field work in South Australia and Victoria.

How to apply: Interested applicants should send a CV and short (< 1 page) statement highlighting their research background and interests, with respect to the criteria above, to Dr Naomi Wells (naomi.wells@scu.edu.au). Only short-listed applicants will be notified. 

The PhD scholarship is funded by the Soil CRC  and will provide a tax-free stipend of $28,092 per annum, (2020 rate) indexed annually for up to 3 years (with a possible 6 month extension subject to approval), including a tuition fee waiver for international students. PhD scholars through the Soil CRC will have opportunities to develop their industry knowledge and relevance, through additional training and networking opportunities associated with the Soil CRC, and will be part of nationwide cohort of Soil CRC postgraduate students. They will have the opportunity to work with researchers, farmers groups and industry from across Australia and New Zealand through the Soil CRC PhD program.

Until position is filled

Dr Naomi Wells 

naomi.wells@scu.edu.au

PhD Scholarship - Negotiating the complexities of farming in the 21st century

Project Details:

New technologies and innovations have the potential to increase productivity and boost soil health, but are not necessarily viewed favourably by farmers. What is driving broad trends in farmer decision-making? Farming in the 21st Century is a complex activity, with daily and annual decisions made based on a whole range of interacting social, economic and environmental factors. Complexities of interactions between physical factors such as rainfall and soil type; social factors such as relationships, family and education; and economic factors such as the price of wheat all interact to drive stability and change. However, the extent of these interactions and influences are little understood in the context of Australian farming systems. Drawing on social survey data across six farming regions, this PhD research will use a combination of qualitative and quantitative data to explore how farmers learn and make decisions in a globally connected, information rich, increasingly uncertain world. 

This PhD will link to and extend an existing Soil CRC survey project, with potential to link to other Soil CRC projects. Dr Hanabeth Luke, Professor Allan Curtis and Associate Professor Catherine Allan (CSU) are the supervisory team associated with this project.

Eligibility: The successful applicants will need to apply and meet the entry requirements to enrol in a PhD at Southern Cross University on a full time basis.

International candidates are eligible to apply, however, if successful the successful candidate will need to fund their own travel to Australia to commence studies, application fees associated with any required visa and overseas health cover insurance expenses. International applicants may be required to undertake a Skype/Zoom interview.

Location: The successful applicant will be based at the Lismore campus.

How to apply: Please send your CV with a formal expression of interest to Hanabeth.luke@scu.edu.au

PhD stipend of 3 year duration. The 2020 rate is $28,092, per year (indexed annually) with the possibility of additional funds of $14,700 over three years for travel and related expenses. PhD scholars through the Soil CRC will have opportunities to develop their industry knowledge and relevance, through additional training and networking opportunities associated with the Soil CRC, and will be part of nationwide cohort of Soil CRC postgraduate students. They will have the opportunity to work with researchers, farmers groups and industry from across Australia and New Zealand through the Soil CRC PhD program

Until position is filled

Dr Hanabeth Luke

Hanabeth.luke@scu.edu.au 

Industry PhD Scholarship Opportunity

Reconstructing Identities and Perceptions of Dementia: Digital Life Storybooks

Project details:

Digital storytelling is a form of film narrative that uses media technology such as still photos, sound, music, and videos to create digital life stories.  Research suggests there are important benefits of this form of storytelling for persons with dementia, including enhanced relationships, enjoyment and communication.

The purpose of this project is to explore and understand the experience and benefits of utilizing digital life storybooks among residents with dementia, as perceived by the storytellers themselves, their family and care staff.

In this research, the digital stories will be created collaboratively with persons with dementia and supported by staff in the aged care facility. The innovative project offers an opportunity for a candidate with a background in health sciences or digital media.

The project is linked to Sawtell Catholic Care of the Aged Care and provides an excellent opportunity to gain experience in working in the aged care environment.

Eligibility: Admission to candidature is granted to students who possess a Bachelors degree with first or second class honours, or a Masters degree where at least half of the assessment was based upon a thesis or dissertation. Open to Australian citizens and permanent residents, and New Zealand citizens only.

Location: Coffs Harbour Campus in partnership with Sawtell Catholic Care of the Aged

How to apply:  Send your resume, transcripts, certificates and relevant publications (if any) in one PDF file to via email to: marie.hutchinson@scu.edu.au.

  1. Outcome of expression of interest: You’ll be notified of the outcome of your expression of interest by email.
  2. Invitation to attend an interview: If your expression of interest is successful, you will be invited to submit a formal application and attend an interview for both the scholarship and for PhD candidature. Instructions on how to apply will be provided in the invitation.

PhD stipend of 3 year duration. The 2020 rate is $28,092 per year (indexed annually).

Until position is filled

 

Professor Marie Hutchinson marie.hutchinson@scu.edu.au 

Linkage Scholarships - Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) 

3-year PhD scholarship stipend at the current Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) base rate ($28,092 per annum in 2020 - indexed annually).

Successful contracted ARC Linkage project (LP19) round project where Southern Cross University is the lead.

For an overview of industry schemes/main funding sources where our industry partners can leverage from please see Overview of Industry Schemes

NB:  All Scholarship applications need to be assessed and approved by the DVC Research and the Dean, Graduate Studies.

 

Graduate School

hdrscholarships@scu.edu.au  

New Project Scholarships - Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) 

3-year PhD scholarship stipend at the current Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) base rate ($28,092 per annum in 2020 - indexed annually) for successful projects where the external funding amount to SCU (net) is a minimum of $150K total within 3 years.

(New contracted projects where net cash allocation to SCU is a minimum of $150K total within a 3-year timeframe.)

For an overview of industry schemes/main funding sources where our industry partners can leverage from please see Overview of Industry Schemes.

NB:  All Scholarships applications need to be assessed and approved by the DVC Research and the Dean, Graduate Studies.

 

Graduate School

hdrscholarships@scu.edu.au

 

Co-Funded Scholarships - Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) 

Co-funded 50% of a post-graduate Scholarship stipend (2 years for Masters or 3 years for PhD) at the current Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) base rate ($28,092 per annum in 2020 - indexed annually), where an external funding body on a Category  2 or Category 3 project co-funds 50% of the total scholarship stipend.

(New contracted project 50% co-funding from an external source on a Cat 2 or Cat 3 project Not applicable to Cat 1 or Cat 4 projects)

For an overview of industry schemes/main funding sources where our industry partners can leverage from please see Overview of Industry Schemes.

NB:  All Scholarships applications need to be assessed and approved by the DVC Research and the Dean, Graduate Studies.

 

Graduate School

hdrscholarships@scu.edu.au

 

 

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