Industry and project-specific scholarships

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation is pleased to present a number of co-funded industry scholarships.

Community Bank Buninyong - Community Development Case Study

Scholarship details

Stipend: $30,000 per calendar year (paid fortnightly)

Fees: Research Training Program Tuition Fee scholarship, valued at up to $29,900 per annum will cover the cost of tuition fees for successful candidates

Support costs: up to $2000 per year

Eligibility: Applications are open to domestic candidates only.

Location: Mt Helen Campus, Federation Business School

How to apply: Application information is included in the links below.

Eligibility

Scholarship applicants must be eligible to undertake a PhD. Verify you can meet.eligibility requirements outlined on the Graduate Research School website. If you are applying for ‘Honours equivalence,’ please ensure that you provide detailed information to support your case.

All Applicants must submit the Community Bank Buninyong Expression of Interest form along with their application (links below)

Essential criteria

Must have an undergraduate degree in Economics, Business, Management or a related discipline. An equivalent experience of working in relevant industry can also be considered.

Desirable criteria

Candidates with the following skills are especially encouraged to apply:

  • Sound quantitative and qualitative research skills;
  • Experience with data collection;
  • Interest in community development, community banking and social sustainability;
  • Some research experience in financial institutions, social enterprises, community-based funding.

Research statement

Interested candidates must submit a research statement of 500 words that covers:

  • Discuss their research interests and how they relate to the topic;
  • Discuss how they meet the Essential and Desired criteria;
  • Discuss their motivations for applying for this PhD scholarship, and their intended outcomes (both personally and professionally);
  • Discuss potential challenges and how they might overcome them.

Please note, applications for this scholarship are not required to submit a Research Proposal as requested in the standard application.

Conditions

Applications are open to domestic residents only.

Some international travel will be required.

This PhD is available for full time study only and immediate start.

Application closing date: open until the position is filled

How to apply: Application information is included in the links below.

Commencement date: Applicants are required to start in timely fashion on receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available.

Research project outline

Project title: Community Bank Buninyong: A community development case study

As a branch of Bendigo Bank, Community Bank Buninyong is committed to community engagement which will ‘contribute to growth and prosperity of its communities’. Bendigo Bank’s Community Banking Model (called Model below) was established in 1998 to build, nurture and empower communities around Australia through a new approach to banking. This Model is recognised globally for its successful shared value initiative that brings together profit, community development and reputation.

This PhD project aims to examine the Model in terms of how the Community Bank Buninyong supports and invests in economic and social sustainability. Then to identify impacts on the community, associated benefits to the bank, and may suggest an approach to defining ‘community impact’, helping to replicate the process in other communities. This is a collaborative project with the bank which takes a case study approach, using qualitative and quantitative financial, economic, and social data to address the research aim, with a view to developing recommendations about future improvements, and for learnings that could be applied to the Australia-wide Bendigo Community Bank network.

The successful candidate will be required to participate in an industry placement with Community Bank Buninyong during their candidature.

Industry Partner and Student Host: Community Bank Buninyong.

Supervisors:

Principal supervisor: Assoc Prof Jerry Courvisanos (j.courvisanos@federation.edu.au )

Associate supervisor: Dr Rachel Taylor (r.taylor@federation.edu.au)

Industry supervisor: Andrea Mason (andrea.mason@findingnorth.net.au)

How to apply

Some industry scholarships have expression of interest forms that must be submitted along with your candidature application. Please ensure you read the scholarship information carefully and complete all steps.

Directions on how to apply are available at Apply - Higher Degrees by Research. Please include the name of the scholarship for which you are applying on the Admission Form.  All applicants should check their eligibility prior to applying.

For further information contact Associate Professor Jerry Courvisanos at j.courvisanos@federation.edu.au or by telephone on 5327 9417

Bioremediation of Pharmaceuticals from Wastewater Streams

Federation University is pleased to partner with Barwon Water and Greater Western Water to offer a PhD scholarship in Environmental Chemistry

Scholarship details

Stipend: $30,000 per annum
Project support: $ 4,000 per annum
RTP Fee-offset Scholarship / Tuition Fee Scholarship: RTP Fee-offset will be available
Funding length: 3 years 
Location: Mt Helen

Eligibility

Scholarship applicants must be eligible to undertake a PhD. Verify you can meet eligibility requirements outlined on the Graduate Research School website. If you are applying for ‘Honours equivalence,’ please ensure that you provide detailed information to support your case.

Applicants must submit the BW-GWW Application Form along with their HDR Application Form.

Applications will be accepted from Australian residents and permanent residents only.

Applicants should contact Dr Benjamin Long (bm.long@federation.edu.au) prior to submitting an application.

Application closing date: Position is open until filled

How to apply: Application information is included in the links below.

Commencement date: Applicants are required to start in timely manner on receipt of an offer

Research project outline

Project title: Bioremediation of Pharmaceuticals from Wastewater Streams

In the recent years pharmaceuticals have emerged as a waterway pollutant of concern. These chemicals enter the environment via contaminated wastewater streams. The levels of pharmaceuticals currently found in Australian ecosystems can have considerable negative impacts on aquatic organisms. Whilst these pharmaceuticals are currently influxed to wastewater treatment plants at low levels, their concentration is expected to increase with an aging population increasingly dependent on pharmaceuticals.

Although water authorities are not the cause of pharmaceutical pollution, wastewater treatment plants are of significant interest since they act as both environmental release points and as unique opportunities for solutions that mitigate their introduction into the environment.

Objectives:

This project will aim to provide:

(1)  A literature synthesis of current pharmaceutical removal techniques and their efficacy. This in turn will advise future experiments tailored to the Australian climate.

(2)  Laboratory-scale experiments to determine the effectiveness of a range of potential pharmaceutical removal methods including plants, algae and abiotic removal.

(3)  Mesocosm experiments as a proof-of-concept solution for residual pharmaceutical pollution in treated wastewater streams (e.g. small scale constructed wetland or bioreactor)

Industry Partners: Barwon Water and Greater Western Water

Supervisors:

Principal Supervisor: Dr Benjamin Long

Benjamin’s primary research interests centre around how molecules interact with our world; whether that be mapping and measuring the effects of pharmaceuticals (and other emerging contaminants) in the environment or elucidating the self-assembled structure of hydrogels (for cell growth and medical implants).

Benjamin obtained his PhD from Deakin University in 2014 before undertaking Postdoctoral Research and Teaching Fellowships at the University of Sydney. In 2016 he returned to Deakin University as a lecturer and research fellow before taking up a lectureship at Federation University in 2017

Associate Supervisor: A/Prof Andrew Barton

Andrew Barton is the Associate Dean (Research Training and Partnerships) for the Graduate Research School. In this strategic role, Andrew develops research strengths and enhances the provision of research training for the University’s higher degree by research students.

Andrew’s substantive position is as an Associate Professor in Water Engineering. Andrew received his PhD from the University of Tasmania in the area of experimental fluid mechanics (near wall flows and surface roughness) and civil engineering hydraulics (hydropower systems). He holds an MEngSc from Monash University where he researched fishway hydraulics and numerical modelling techniques. He has since worked for about 20 years in both the water industry and academia in senior engineering, lecturing and management roles developing a national and international profile in water resources engineering and hydraulics.

Andrew has strong research experience spanning the water resources engineering domain through his supervision of several PhD students, past ARC Linkage projects and numerous other research grants, and having published over 100 conference and journals papers. Due to his applied research focus, and highly regarded engineering experience, a range of government and industry clients regularly seek out Andrew for his consulting and expert services.

Andrew is a Chartered Professional Engineer, an Executive Engineer, and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia.

Associate Supervisor: Dr Nicholas Schultz

Nick is a vegetation ecologist with broad interests in human-modified landscapes and ecological restoration. His research had explored how different land uses in modified landscapes contribute to regional plant diversity. His work in ecological restoration has addressed many of the factors that limit restoration success, including seed ecology, seedling survival, and the interactions between restoration efforts and climate. He has a particular interest in native grasslands, and his research has focussed on how grassland structure influences plant diversity and grassland fauna. Nick has been involved in research projects and consultancies in a wide range of temperate, semi-arid and sub-tropical vegetation in south east Australia and supervised a broad range of honours and PhD students. Recently, he has been interested in ecological consequences of pharmaceutical uptake by native plants. He lectures in Australian Flora and a range of courses in the B. Environmental and Conservation Science.

Associate Supervisor: Dr Rebecca Gehling

Rebecca’s research interests lie in the forensic and environmental applications of chromatography to illicit and non-illicit pharmaceuticals with a focus on rapid trace level detection methods. Rebecca completed her PhD in 2014 at Deakin University as part of the Luminescence group, focusing on chemiluminescence as a detection method. Shortly after, she commenced as an academic at the University of Tasmania working in the chemistry and environmental programs, before joining Federation University in 2018.

Measuring the value of Independent Assurance of ESG Disclosures through the eyes of Investors

Federation University is pleased to partner with Bureau Veritas to offer a PhD scholarship in Sustainable Development (in relation to Environmental, Social, and Governance- ESG)

Scholarship details
  • Stipend: $ 33,000 per annum
  • RTP Fee-offset Scholarship/Tuition Fee Scholarship: Up to $32,000 per annum covered by a Research Training Program Fee-Offset Scholarships (domestic students) or a Federation University Tuition Fee Scholarship (international students).
  • Funding length: 3 years
  • Internship Opportunity: Successful applicants may have the opportunity to participate in an industry-based internship.
  • Selection Process: The selection will be based on the applicant’s prior research training and publication, and interview score.
  • Location: Mount Helen
Eligibility
  • Australian citizens, permanent residents, and international residents

Applicants must submit the Bureau Veritas Application Form along with their HDR Application Form

Applicants may contact AYON CHAKRABORTY (a.chakraborty@federation.edu.au for information related to the Project, prior to submitting an application.

Application closing date: extended to Friday 17 February 2023.

How to apply: Application information is included in the links below:

Commencement date: Semester 1, 2023.

Research project outline

Project title: Measuring the value of Independent Assurance of ESG Disclosures through the eyes of Investors

The proposed research project aims to measure the extent to which institutional investor’s value independent assurance of ESG disclosures and sustainability reports and seeks to determine whether independent assurance is more or less of a contributing factor in their investment decisions. This is of special significance to the current sustainable and environment-aware developments currently planned in regional Victoria. The PhD candidate working on the project would have access to existing data collected in recent years to establish a baseline and then compare new primary data which will be collected for this project in regional areas to compare and contrast with the existing data sets. These data would then subject be to quantitative analysis in order to identify trends and report on findings.

Industry Partner and Student Host: Bureau Veritas and Federation University

Supervisors:

Principal Supervisor: Dr. AYON CHAKRABORTY

Associate Professor, Institute of Innovation, Science, and Sustainability, Federation University, Mt Helen, Victoria 3353.

Associate and Co-Supervisors

Co-Supervisor: Dr. IBRAHIM SULTAN

Associate Professor, Institute of Innovation, Science, and Sustainability, Federation University, Mt Helen, Victoria 3353.

Co-Supervisor: Dr. ANDREW MORTIMORE

Vice President – I&F Pacific Region, Bureau Veritas Australia Pty Ltd.

Effects of land management on insect biodiversity and ecosystem services in semi-arid NSW.

Federation University is pleased to partner with NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust to offer a PhD scholarship in biodiversity conservation.

Scholarship details

Stipend:$28 854 per annum (Indexed yearly)
Project support: $3k per year
RTP Fee-offset Scholarship: $26 400 per annum
Funding length: 3 years
Location: Mount Helen

Eligibility

Scholarship applicants must be eligible to undertake a PhD. Verify you can meet eligibility requirements outlined on the Graduate Research School website. If you are applying for ‘Honours equivalence,’ please ensure that you provide detailed information to support your case.

Applicants must submit the (Scholarship specific form) along with their HDR Application Form

Applicants must be an Australian resident or permanent resident.

Interested applicants should contact Dr Philip Barton prior to submitting an application.

Application closing date: 30 September 2022

How to apply: Application information is included in the links below.

Commencement date: 03 January 2023

Research project outline

Project title: Effects of land management on insect biodiversity and ecosystem services in semi-arid NSW.

An exciting new project is available to examine the benefits of land conservation techniques for insect biodiversity and associated ecosystem services in semi-arid western NSW. Changes to land management can lead to the regeneration of vegetation, but flow-on effects to insect biodiversity are not well-understood. This project will investigate insect biodiversity and ecosystems services among areas of vegetation with contrasting land management histories of livestock grazing and fire. There is scope to work with academic researchers, industry practitioners (Biodiversity Conservation Trust), and landowners. The applicant must be prepared to undertake entomological lab work and remote area field work.

Industry Partner and Student Host: This project is in partnership with NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust (https://www.bct.nsw.gov.au/). Co-supervision of the project will be provided by Dr Geoffrey Kay, Principal Ecologist at BCT, with opportunities to work closely with other BCT field officers.

Supervisors:

Principal Supervisor:

Dr Philip Barton, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science, Federation University, Mount Helen campus VIC. (ps.barton@federation.edu.au)

Associate and Co-Supervisors

Associate Supervisor:

Dr Grant Palmer,Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science, Federation University, Mount Helen campus VIC. (g.palmer@federation.edu.au)

Co-supervisor:

Dr Geoff Kay, Principal Ecologist, NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust, Queanbeyan NSW (Geoffrey.Kay@bct.nsw.gov.au)

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Cybersecurity Research Bursary

Cybersecurity Research Bursary

An opportunity exists for an existing Federation University PhD student to apply for a Cybersecurity Research Bursary of $7,499.91 which will be paid in two instalments:

Payment 1: Upon successful completion of confirmation of candidature

Payment 2: Upon satisfactory progress report from Supervisor 31 March 2023

A 12 month follow up report will be required from the date of commencement.

The Research Bursary is awarded through a Defence Sciences Institute Grant to a PhD student for a project “Threat intelligence and communication of cybersecurity incidents and risks” or related topic in cybersecurity.

Industry Partner(s): Defence Sciences Institute

Academic Supervisor: Dr Sally Firmin - s.firmin@federation.edu.au

Applications Open:        16 November 2022

Applications Close:       5pm AEST 25 November 2022

Commencement Date:  December 2022 as negotiated

Please note the Research Bursary is only available to an existing Domestic PhD candidate due to Defence requirements.

Please complete the Application Form G1978 Cybersecurity Bursary and return to research.degrees@federation.edu.au. Please also include a 400 word statement on why you think you would be suitable for this Research Bursary.

Manna Institute - Regional Mental Health

Federation University is pleased to partner with the Manna Institute to offer two PhD scholarships to explore the mental health needs of Regional Australians.

These three-year PhD Scholarships will be awarded to successful candidates to join the Manna Institute in engaging in research projects under the following thematic areas of importance to regional mental health.

Scholarship details

Stipend: $33,000 per annum
RTP Fee-offset Scholarship: $26,400 per annum
Funding length: 3 years (only, no extensions permitted)
Location: Mt Helen

Eligibility

Scholarship applicants must be eligible to undertake a PhD. Verify you can meet eligibility requirements outlined on the Graduate Research School website.

Applications will be accepted from Australian residents and permanent residents only. Additionally, selection will also depend on the applicant’s ability to meet the following desired criteria:

*           Enrol full-time however candidates can be on campus or remote from the campus.

*           Able and willing to work in a research team environment.

*           Integrate and contribute to the research team.

*           Work or research experience in regional, remote, and rural locations in Australia

Applicants should review the Manna Institute website before submitting an application.

Application closing date: 16 December 2022

How to apply: Applicants must submit the Manna Institute Application form along with submitting their HDR Candidature application

Commencement date: January/February 2023

Research project outline

Project title: Regional Mental Health

Candidates must develop a project that aligns with one of four Manna Institute Research Collaboratives, described below:

Research collaborative 1 – existing and emerging mental health workforce.  Projects in this collaborative will focus on ways to support current workforce needs in regional Australia to strengthen future awareness of how to attract and retain workers. At the core of this research collaborative is inclusivity, through collaboration with both the professional and peer workforces across community health, allied health and policy and service delivery staff.

Research collaborative 2 - Individuals’ health and wellbeing. Projects in this collaborative will focus on the psycho-social-behavioural factors that impact individual health and well-being in regional and rural Australia across their lifespan.

Research collaborative 3 – Priority populations. Projects in this collaborative will focus on population groups across the lifespan and encompass the expertise and interest areas of current and future Manna Institute researchers, industry and community partners, and high-risk priority groups in regional, rural, and remote Australia. This may include projects which focus on early childhood, school-aged children, parental/perinatal mental health, mid-aged men and women, older adult mental health, and diverse populations including indigenous groups, CALD, LGBTQI+ and those at high risk of mental ill-health.

Research collaborative 4 - The impact of changing environmental conditions on mental health. The natural world has an enormous impact on mental health and wellbeing. Opportunities to interact with nature can reduce mental illness and facilitate optimum mental wellbeing. Projects in this collaborative will focus those that consider direct and indirect impacts of the changing climate on rural, regional, and remote communities.

One of these scholarships is identified for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates. We further encourage applicants from gender diverse, LGBTQIA+, persons with disabilities, all backgrounds, and ethnicities, with preference for students from (or with an interest in) regional Australia.

For further information (including supervision advice) please contact:

Associate Professor Dixie Statham - Federation University
Email: d.statham@federation.edu.au

or Professor Myfanwy Maple - Manna Institute Director
Email: mmaple2@une.edu.au

Supervisors, Associate and Co-Supervisors

Supervisors will be sourced through both Federation University and the Manna Institute. Bios of potential supervisors are listed on the Manna Institute website.

How to apply

Some industry scholarships have expression of interest forms that must be submitted along with your candidature application. Please ensure you read the scholarship information carefully and complete all steps.

Directions on how to apply are available at Apply - Higher Degrees by Research. Please include the name of the scholarship for which you are applying on the Admission Form.  All applicants should check their eligibility prior to applying.

Applications should include all relevant supporting documentation and Federation University must receive completed referee report forms by the scholarship closing date. As part of their application, prospective Higher Degree by Research applicants are also required to provide:

  • Application for Admission Form
  • Transcripts of all tertiary level academic study
  • Australian citizens must provide a copy of their birth certificate or passport
  • Permanent Residents must provide a copy of their visa and passport
  • List of published work with URL links and/or copy of each publication
  • Copy of honours or masters thesis abstract
  • Evidence for Australian honours equivalency, if applicable.
  • Any awards or accolades
  • Any other evidence of research performance

Federation University partners with local industry to provide research opportunities and regional innovation. If your company or organisation has a project suitable for research and wish to sponsor a higher degrees by research candidate then contact us at research.degrees@federation.edu.au.