Co-funded industry scholarships

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

Identifying Mallee fowl mounds and their characteristic features using artificial intelligence

Stipend: $29,000 per calendar year paid fortnightly
Fees: Research Training Program Tuition Fee scholarship, valued at up to $29,900 per annum will cover the cost tuition fees for successful candidates

Eligibility: Applications are open to domestic candidates only.

Applications close Sunday 14th June 2020.

Project Summary

Saving our Species is a recently established conservation program that aims to maximise the survival of a number of threatened species, in their natural habitat of NSW, for the next 100 years. One of these threatened iconic species is Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata), and currently Federation University researchers have been working on a three-year-funded project focussed on this species on the Nanya Station in western NSW. What has emerged from this early work is that one of the most challenging issues with Malleefowl research is accurately estimating the population density of the species in a large conservation area.

While a recent technique to identify and estimating Malleefowl mounds/nests using LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technology is promising, the accuracy is still not high enough due to different heights and shapes of the mounds. This project aim to improve the accuracy of identifying the mounds and surrounding features by using and developing artificial intelligence techniques.

A PhD scholarship has been jointly established by Federation University and Department of Department of Planning, Industry and Environment of NSW.

The suitable candidate should have sound knowledge of image processing and good programming skills.

Supervisor profiles

Professor Guojun Lu

Guojun has many years’ research experience in artificial intelligence, multimedia signal processing and retrieval, and has successfully supervised over 20 PhD students. He has held positions at Loughborough University, National University of Singapore, Deakin University and Monash University,after he obtained his PhD from Loughborough University and BEng from Nanjing Institute of Technology (now South East University, China). He has published over 230 refereed journal and conference papers and wrote two books.

Professor Singarayer Florentine

For the past 20 years, Florentine (Florry) has been working on ecologically diverse habitats in two different countries. His initial research was in Sri Lanka, where he studied the impact of selective logging of tropical rainforest on native species recruitment. Florentine earned his PhD in 2001 from Curtin University in Western Australia. He has published widely, obtained many research grants and has successfully supervised many PhD students.

Professor Manzur Murshed

Manzur received a BScEngg (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. Currently, he is a Professor and the Associate Dean (Research) at the School of Science, Engineering and Information Technology, Federation University Australia. 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.

Buninyong & District Community Bank (BDCB) community development - community case study exploration

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 tuition fees for successful candidates
Support costs: up to $2000 per year

Eligibility: Applications are open to domestic candidates only.

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

Applications close: 

FedUni in conjunction with Buninyong & District Community Bank is pleased to offer a joint scholarship for a PhD candidate in the Federation Business School.

As a branch of Bendigo Bank, Buninyong & District Community Bank is committed to community engagement which will ‘contribute to growth and prosperity of its communities’. Bendigo Bank’s Community Banking Model 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 Buninyong & District Community Bank 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 Buninyong & District Community Bank during their candidature.

Principal supervisorDr. Jerry Courvisanos, Associate Professor, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Federation Business School
Qualifications: BComm (NSW); MComm (NSW); GradDipEd (NSW); PhD (Newcastle). Experience: Jerry has extensive experience in research projects based on document analysis, survey instruments, interviews and focus groups. His basic research centres on understanding the processes of innovation and their impact on investment spending, business cycles, sustainable development and the long-term development of businesses, the economy and community. This work informs applied research into innovation and entrepreneurial activity for regional development, particularly in Australia. Three funded grant projects completed have been “Time Analysis Research Project – The Study of Small Towns in Victoria (1988)” – Victorian Government sustainability grant, “Building Innovation Capacity: The Role of Human Capital Formation in Large Enterprises” – NCVER project and “Towards a Sustainability Model of the Murray-Darling Basin Economy” – University of Ballarat, Business School funded. Jerry has also participated in three ARC projects on regional development.

Associate supervisor: Dr Jacqueline Tuck, Research Fellow, Federation Business School
Qualifications: BA Economics & Agricultural Economics, Joint Honours (Nottingham), PGCE (Nottingham), PhD (Ballarat).
Experience: As Research Fellow for over eight years, Jackie has both qualitative and quantitative research experience. As a researcher, she has completed two recent NCVER projects, including “Building Innovation Capacity: The Role of Human Capital Formation’ with Jerry Courvisanos, and an ARC project involving qualitative interviews. In particular, Jackie has experience conducting focus groups and undertaking qualitative interviews. Her PhD in the area of social responsibility and reputation utilised a mixed method approach including both focus groups and in-depth interviews.

Industry supervisor: Steven Falconer, Director, Community Investment, Buninyong & District Financial Services Ltd.

For further information contact Associate Professor Jerry Courvisanos on or by telephone on 5327 9417

How to apply:

Prospective candidates should indicate on the Application for Admission Form which co-funded industry scholarship they are applying for. Additionally, applicants for the Bendigo & District Community Banks Scholarship must also complete a Buninyong & District Community Bank Scholarship Application

The Application for Admission Form is available at Apply - Higher Degrees by Research.  All applicants should check their eligibility prior to applying.

Applications should include all relevant supporting documentation and FedUni 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

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