Co-funded industry scholarships

The Deputy Vice Chancellor Research & Innovation (DVCRI) is pleased to present a number of HDR scholarship opportunities partnering with local, Victorian-based industries.

Southern Farming Systems: Lime Soil Acidity

Scholarship value: $27,596 Stipend award (2019 rate APA/FedUniPRS), funded for three years.

Eligibility: Open to Australian citizens and permanent residents, and New Zealand citizens only, with Honours 1 or equivalent higher research in soil chemistry, geological or agricultural science, eligible to undertake a PhD

Location: Ballarat campus of FedUni.Postcode 3350

Closing date: Wednesday 31 July, 2019

Project details: Soil acidity is recognised as one of the major soil constraints to increased agricultural productivity in Australia.
Lime is a key amendment to address the decline in soil pH. Lime is an expensive input for mixed and cropping farming systems and its quality can be highly variable.  Farmers need to be able to make informed decisions about the quality and cost-effectiveness of lime they purchase. There is also a need for the lime and fertiliser industries to have a reliable methodology to accurately compare different lime types. This project will explore and develop novel approaches to advance understanding of lime type, quality, variability and spreadability on performance for agricultural purposes under current farming systems and practices. This project sits within a broader project: Building the resilience and profitability of cropping and grazing farmers in the high rainfall zone of Southern Australia, funded by the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program Phase Two. We’re looking for someone who:
- is interested in making a difference in regional agriculture
- has good research, project management and communication skills
- has completed honours level or higher research in soil chemistry, geological or agricultural science
- is eligible to undertake a PhD at Federation University and is a permanent resident of Australia.

Contact Name: Associate Professor Peter Dahlhaus, Principal Research Fellow, Director Centre for eResearch and Digital Innovation
Phone
+613 5341 3994
Email:
p.dahlhaus@federation.edu.au
Website: www.cerdi.edu.au

How to apply: Complete the Application for candidature admission form, available on the FedUni HDR Apply page. All applicants should check their eligibility prior to applying. Prospective candidates should indicate on the Application for Admission Form that they are applying for the Southern Farming Systems Scholarship. Supporting documentation must include a copy of your academic record and curriculum vitae. Applications may be submitted via mail, in person, or email to p.dahlhaus@federation.edu.au

SA Fisheries: Patching knowledge gaps in Coorong Ecosystem function since European Colonisation.

Scholarship value: $30000 per year stipend to support living costs - 3 year duration - no extension permitted

Project support: $2000 per year to support costs directly related to the project.

Eligibility: Honours 1 or Honours IIA in history (or an allied discipline).or have completed a degree in a relevant discipline and have an outstanding record of professional or research achievements since graduation. Applicants must have a history or heritage background (strengths in environmental management or regional studies is desirable) as well as an abiding interest in the Murray Darling Basin region.  Open to Australian citizens and permanent residents, and New Zealand citizens only.

Location: Ballarat campus of FedUni.Postcode 3350

Closing date: Wednesday 29th May 2019

Project details:

The Coorong’s health and productivity has declined rapidly, particularly in the Southern Lagoon. As a whole, the once majestic, highly productive Coorong estuary now as one-tenth of its previous fisheries productivity and key nursery areas, such as the Southern Lagoon, are filled with monosulfidic black ooze (MBO) and increasing algal bloom events contributing to loss of ecological productivity.

Environmental flows into the estuary have significantly improved the estuarine health since the 2006-2009 drought, however primary productivity within the estuary is still below what it was when the estuary was Ramsar listed (1981), let alone what it was during high flow periods in the 1907’s, back to first settlement.

This project will examine the changes to the estuary ecosystem function and health in the Southern Coorong Lagoon over time and seek to identify drivers to assist with restoring estuary health.

How to apply: Complete the Application for candidature admission form, available on the FedUni HDR Apply page. All applicants should check their eligibility prior to applying. Prospective candidates should indicate on the Application for Admission Form that they are applying for the SA Fisheries Scholarship. Supporting documentation must include a copy of your academic record and curriculum vitae. Applications may be submitted via mail, in person, or email to research.degrees@federation.edu.au

High Performance Soil CRC / FedUni

Research Title: Signal Propagation Characteristics in Under- and Above-ground Sensor Communications in Smart Farming

Scholarship value: $27,596 per year stipend to support living costs (2019 rate) - 3 year duration

Eligibility: Honours 1 or equivalence, preferably Masters. Domestic and permanent residents only. The candidate must have hands-on experience of working with sensors and low power wide area networks.

Location: Gippsland campus, Churchill. Postcode 3842

Conditions of Scholarship: The scholarship is for a period of three years. Application is open to domestic and permanent residents only. Standard leave entitlements apply. This position and scholarship are full-time, with no possibility of being undertaken part-time during candidature. Students will be required to commit to a minimum of four days per week on campus.

Brief description of the project: In recent times, varieties of agro sensors have been developed in the pursuit of smart farming. The communication module of these sensors has antenna above the ground for transferring data from one sensor to another or to a nearby base station. However, above-ground sensors can be easily damaged by machinery, stock and pests. The solution lies in developing sensors with underground communication capability. This research will model underground sensor communication, develop prototype and test in farms. It will seek to model and optimise signal transmission distance at the lowest possible power consumption. The research will explore the use of different forms of low power wide area network technology (e.g., LoRa, Sigfox, NB-IoT), noise reduction protocols, variable soil moisture- transmission power requirements, soil type relationships on data transmission, and power harvesting opportunities.

Closing date: Monday 14 May 2019

How to apply: Complete the Application for candidature admission form, available on the FedUni HDR Apply page. All applicants should check their eligibility prior to applying. Prospective candidates should indicate on the Application for Admission Form that they are applying for the Soil CRC / FedUni Scholarship. Applications should be submitted via email to research.degrees@federation.edu.au

Contact: Professor Joarder Kamruzzaman: joarder.kamruzzaman@federation.edu.au

GHERG: Geotechnical and Hydrogeological Engineering Research Group

Masters by Research Project Title: Horizontal Bore Hole Project

Scholarship value: $27596 per year stipend to support living costs (2019 rate, indexed) - 18mth Duration and a Research Training Program (RTP) fee scholarship for a successful domestic candidate or a FedUni Research Tuition Fee Scholarship for a successful International candidate,

Eligibility:Honours 1 or equivalent is preferred.  Open to both domestic and international applicants, with the specification that international applicants must hold current IELTS test results that meet minimum University English Language proficiency requirements.

Conditions of Scholarship: Scholarship is for a period of 18mths, This position and scholarship are full-time, with no possibility of being undertaken part-time during candidature. Student will be required to commit to a minimum of four days per week and may be required to participate in occasional industry placement/visits at key times during the term of their candidature.

Location: Gippsland campus, FedUni, Churchill 3842

Closing date: 29 March, 2019

Project details: The Geotechnical and Hydrogeological Engineering Research Group (GHERG) at Federation University Australia, located in Gippsland is seeking a motivated student for a Masters by Research project. The project addresses the topic of stability of brown coal batters created from open-cut mining and the role water and pore water pressures play as a potential contributor for failure. Horizontal bore holes are used to drain excess water and improve stability. The research project will investigate the longevity of these horizontal bore holes using observational tools. The project is linked to an operating coal mine in the Latrobe Valley and provides and excellent opportunity to gain experience in working in a mining environment.

How to apply: Complete the Application for candidature admission form, available on the FedUni HDR Apply page. All applicants should check their eligibility prior to applying. Prospective candidates should indicate on the Application for Admission Form that they are applying for the GHERG Masters by Research Scholarship. Supporting documentation must include a copy of your academic record and curriculum vitae. Applications may be submitted via mail, in person, or email to research.degrees@federation.edu.au

Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC) / Centre for eResearch and Digital Innovation (CeRDI) FedUni

Exploring digital agriculture: discoveries in Australian grains trial data

Scholarship value: $27,596 per year stipend to support living costs (2019 rate) - 3 year duration

Eligibility: Honours 1 or equivalence. Domestic and permanent residents only.

Location: Mt Helen campus, Ballarat. Postcode 3350

Conditions of Scholarship: this scholarships is for a period of three years. Application is open to domestic and permanent residents only. Standard leave entitlements apply. This position and scholarship are full-time, with no possibility of being undertaken part-time during candidature. Students will be required to commit to a minimum of four days per week on campus and participate in occasional industry placement at key times during the term of their candidature.

Closing date: extended

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City of Ballarat / FedUni

Optimising submersed aquatic vegetation coverage in shallow lakes to maintain amenities for multiple users

  • PhD project 1: Impact of submersed aquatic vegetation and submersed aquatic vegetation management techniques on physiochemical features of shallow amenity lakes
  • PhD project 2: Impact of submersed aquatic vegetation, and submersed aquatic vegetation management techniques, on ecological features of shallow amenity lakes

Scholarship value: $27,596 (2019 rate) per year over 3 years. Stipend to support living costs

Eligibility: Applicants must have Honours First-Class or Upper Second Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant scientific discipline (e.g. Aquatic ecology management, Limnology, or ecotoxicology).

Location: Mt Helen campus, Ballarat. Postcode 3350

Conditions of scholarship:. Full-time over 3 years, with no possibility of being undertaken part-time during candidature. Application is open to domestic, permanent residents. International applicants may apply, however a fee waiver scholarship is required in addition to the stipend award for international candidate. Fee waiver scholarships are dependent upon limited funding availability, so this type of scholarship cannot be assured. Standard leave entitlements apply. Students will be required to commit to a minimum of four days per week on campus and participate in occasional industry placement at key times during the term of their candidature.

Closing date:   Fr1 29 March 2019

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Safetech

Development of an advanced diagnostic and data gathering capability in collaboration with Safetech

Scholarship value: $30,000 per year stipend to support living costs and a Research Training Program (RTP) fee scholarship for a successful domestic candidate or a FedUni Research Tuition Fee Scholarship for a successful International candidate,
Project support: $2000 per year

Eligibility: Honours 1 or equivalence. Domestic, permanent residents and International candidates may apply. Scholarships are full-time, with no possibility of being undertaken part-time during candidature. Students will be required to commit to a minimum of four days per week on campus and participate in an industry placement at Safetech Moe, during the term of the candidature. Scholarships are for a period of three years. Extensions to scholarships will not be granted.

Location: Gippsland campus, Churchill. Postcode 3842

Closing date:extended

Application form and project details: Safetech Application Form

This research project will partner Safetech, a leading manufacturer of custom lifting solutions based in Moe, Latrobe Valley 3825,  with FedUni's research priority area in information forensics and security.

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