Industry and project-specific scholarships

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

Soil health assessment integrating IoT and drone imaging

Federation University is pleased to partner with CRC for High Performance Soils Limited and Wimmera Catchment Management Authority to offer a PhD scholarship in Information Technology

Scholarship details

Stipend: $28,854*AUD per annum annum (paid fortnightly) over 3 years.

*The Scholarship does not cover Overseas Student Health Cover (which is compulsory for the period of the CoE for International applicants).

In addition, the scholarship holder may be offered optional paid teaching opportunities within the University.

RTP Fee-offset Scholarship / Tuition Fee Scholarship: A Tuition fee scholarship is available.
Funding length: 3 years (no extensions permitted)
Location: Mt Helen/Berwick/Gippsland/Wimmera Campuses.

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 Soil CRC Soil health, IoT, drone imaging scholarship application form along with their HDR Application Form

Applicants can be an Australian resident, permanent resident or an international student.

Applicants should contact A/Prof Shyh Wei Teng, shyh.wei.teng@federation.edu.au prior to submitting an application.

Application closing date: 10 May 2022

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

Commencement date: 04 July 2022

Project title: An effective decision support system for soil health assessment and monitoring by integrating IoT technology and drone imaging

Effective soil health assessment and monitoring can increase crop production on agricultural lands. With recent advancement in technology, different modalities of technology have started to be exploited for these purposes. The main objectives of this PhD project are (1) to conduct an in-depth study on how effective soil health assessment and monitoring can be achieved by using state-of-art IoT platforms, and (2) to design and develop additional features in such platforms to integrate drone imaging data.

Industry partner and student host: Wimmera Catchment Management Authority

Principal supervisor: Associate Professor Shyh Wei Teng

A/Prof Shyh Wei Teng is an Associate Professor of Information Technology at Federation University Australia. A/Prof Teng previously held positions at Monash University after he obtained his PhD there in 2004. His research expertise is in image processing and analytics, remote sensing and artificial intelligence.  A/Prof Teng has so far published over 90 refeered research papers and has received various competitive research funding including 3 Federal Government grants on image rerieval and analytics - one from the Australian Research Council (ARC). Since 2004, he has successfully supervised 11 PhD & 1 MPhil students to completion – all within the expected completion time (3.5 years of full-time equivalent candidature) and in core areas of ICT research (9 in image processing/remote sensing and 2 in artificial intelligence).

Associate supervisor: Professor Manzur Murshed

Currently, he is a Professor and Associate Dean (Research) at the School of Engineering, Information Technology and Physical Sciences, Federation University Australia.

He received a BScEng (Hons) degree in computer science and engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in 1994 and a PhD degree in computer science from the Australian National University in 1999. His research interests include video technology, machine learning, wireless communications, Cloud computing, and security privacy. He has published 230+ refereed research papers, received $5m research grants, and supervised 25 PhDs. He is serving IEEE TMM and served IEEE TCSVT as an Associate Editor.

Co-supervisor: Professor Manoranjan Paul

Prof Manoranjan Paul is currently a Professor in Computer Science, Charles Sturt University.  His research expertise is in hyperspectral sensor, image processing, mobile app, video coding, computer vision, machine learning, and AI. In these areas, he has supervised 15 PhD students in completion on time including six as a principal supervisor. He was awarded an outstanding research supervision award at CSU.

Co-supervisor: Mr Dave Brennan

Mr Dave Brennan is currently the CEO of Wimmera Catchment Authority (CMA). Through the CMA, Mr Brennan works with an extensive network of project partners and early adopter farmers that have extensive expertise in both research and extension, e.g. Department of Agriculture, Birchip Cropping Group and VicNoTill and various Landcare/commodity groups.

Safe at Work: The Prevention and Minimisation of Workplace Aggression in Regional and Rural Hospital Settings

Federation University is pleased to partner with Latrobe Regional Hospital to offer a PhD scholarship in the prevention and minimisation of workplace aggression in regional and rural hospital settings

Scholarship details

Stipend: $30,000 per annum
RTP Fee-offset Scholarship: $ $21,300 per annum
Funding length: 3 years (only, no extensions permitted)
Location: Churchill (Gippsland) preferred

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 Safe at work Scholarship EOI along with their HDR Application Form

Applicants must be an Australian resident or permanent resident.

Applicants should contact Associate Professor Danny Hills (d.hills@federation.edu.au) prior to submitting an application.

Application closing date: extended to 31 August 2022

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

Commencement date: to be negotiated

Industry Partner and Student Host:

Latrobe Regional Hospital and the Federation University Health Innovation and Transformation Centre

Supervisors:

Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Danny Hills

A/Prof Danny Hills is the Workforce Development Research Stream Director in the Health Innovation and Transformation Centre, and an experienced researcher and higher degree research supervisor. A/Prof Hills has a significant publication record and ongoing research in workplace incivility and workplace aggression in the health sector.

Associate and Co-Supervisors

Professor Georgina Willetts

Latrobe Regional Hospital – to be confirmed

Project title:

Safe at Work: The Prevention and Minimisation of Workplace Aggression in Regional and Rural Hospital Settings

Project outline:

Workplace aggression remains an ongoing and complex feature of clinical practice across the health and care sectors. It is a significant work health and safety concern. While workplace aggression impacts on all health workers, nurses, midwives and medical practitioners are at the highest risk due to their direct care roles. The consequences of exposure can include significant levels of distress, psychological and physical injuries, and rarer fatal outcomes. While there is a significant evidence base, both in Australia and internationally, on the likelihood and consequences of workplace aggression in health and other care settings, there is less robust evidence on what strategies can best be employed to prevent and minimise workplace aggression.

In this project, the candidate will review published evidence and data from a range of sources, including from Latrobe Regional Hospital. The candidate will investigate how to successfully reduce the likelihood and consequences of workplace aggression, in an effort to improve the safety of frontline health care workers. On the basis of this research, the candidate will make recommendations to guide work health and safety and public health policy to better support the safety of the health care workforce in Australia.

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

Investigation into the parameters of manufacture scale-up and characterization of humic products produced from the natural weathering of lignites versus tailored humic acid oxidation

Federation University is pleased to partner with Omnia Specialities Australia and Australian Carbon Innovation (ACI) to offer a PhD scholarship in analytical chemistry and chemical engineering.

Scholarship details

Stipend: $ 33,000 per annum
Project support costs: $38,000
RTP Fee-offset Scholarship: $26,400 per annum
Funding length: 3 years (plus 1 x 6 month extension upon request if required)
Location: Gippsland Campus, Churchill, Victoria

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 Omnia ACI Application Form along with their HDR Application Form

Applicants must be an Australian resident or permanent resident.

Application closing date: 9 June 2022

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

Commencement date: July 2022

Research project outline

Project title: Investigation into the parameters of manufacture scale-up and characterization of humic products produced from the natural weathering of lignites versus tailored humic acid oxidation

Humic acids are a natural product derived from the humification of biomass. They are established commercial products tailored to biostimulator and soil conditioning applications. There is keen interest from carbon materials developers and commercial agriculture in establishing empirical evidence for the roles of humic acid additives in their products. Recent lab-scale research into controlled oxidation of VBC-derived lignites confirms that their humic product’s organic structure, particularly oxygen functional group concentration, can be modified and tailored. This research also revealed significant differences in the chemical structure of these manufactured humics compared to those extracted from weathered lignites. The impact of these structural changes in humics on their chemical feedstock and agricultural properties has not been measured.

This study will focus on Victorian lignite-derived humic acids to decrease the variability in humic acid structure that has frustrated other attempts to correlate chemical and physical structure with efficacy.

Objectives:

  • Scale up the production of humic acids to pilot scale (100-250L) to de-risk moving to full commercialization.
  • Investigate the yield, structure and utility of fulvic acids produced during controlled oxidation.
  • Investigate the structural differences between humic acids produced naturally and during controlled oxidation
  • Identify organic structural features that are important in improving product efficacy

Industry partner and student host: OMNIA SPECIALITIES (AUSTRALIA) PTY LTD and Australian Carbon Innovation (ACI)

Supervisors:

Principal supervisor: Associate Professor Vincent Verheyen

Head Carbon Technology Research Group (CTRG)

Associate and co-supervisors

Dr Alicia Reynolds – Research Fellow (CTRG)

Dr Francois Stander - Senior Chemical Engineer Omnia Specialities

Women's Health Grampians Industry Scholarship

Federation University is pleased to partner with Women's Health Grampians to offer a PhD scholarship in regional family violence.

Scholarship details

Stipend: $30,000 per annum
RTP Fee-offset Scholarship / Tuition Fee Scholarship: $21,300 per annum will be covered by an RTP Fee-offset Scholarship
Funding length: 3 years only
Location: Future Regions Research Centre, Horsham Hub, Wimmera Campus

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 Women’s Health Grampians Scholarship Application Form along with their HDR Application Form

Applicants must be an Australian or Permanent resident.

Applicants should contact Dr Catherine Tischler  c.tischler@federation.edu.au or Professor Keir Reeves k.reeves@federation.edu.au prior to submitting an application.

Application closing date: 27 June 2022

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

Commencement date: Semester 2 2022

Project title: Rurality as a dimension of Intersectionality - Understanding the Drivers of Family Violence and Violence against Women in a Rural Context.

Research project outline

This PhD will explore the issue of family violence to improve understanding of the role that rurality may play in family violence rates and impacts in the Wimmera Southern Mallee/Regional Victoria.  It will examine rurality as a dimension of intersectionality in order to understanding the drivers of family violence in a rural context.

In Victoria rates of family violence reported incidents in rural and regional LGAs are consistently higher than in metropolitan areas. The reasons behind this are not well researched or understood. Research indicates a causal link between limited childcare and women’s workforce participation, but this has not been well researched in a rural Australian context. This project presents an opportunity to pick apart this issue to develop understanding of drivers and reinforcing factors of rurality on the prevalence of family violence.  Objectives of this doctoral study are to: to understand whether there are issues which exacerbate domestic violence outcomes because of rurality and consider options to quantify impacts and to explore the impact of limited support services and pathways for connection. There is also a rural health policy outcome of making recommendations for actions that support improved outcomes for domestic violence in rural areas.

Women's Health Grampians Industry Scholarship

Industry Partner and Student Host: Women's Health Grampians

Supervisors

Principal Supervisor: Professor Keir Reeves

Associate and Co-Supervisors

Dr Catherine (Cathy) Tischler

Dr Kelsey McDonald

Industry supervisor

Marianne Hendron, Chief Executive Officer, Women’s Health Grampians

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.