De Bortoli Wines / FedUni PhD Scholarship

Project title: Resource History of the Murray River Industry

Scholarship value: $27596 per year stipend to support living costs (2019 rate, indexed) - 3 year duration - no extension permitted

Project support: $1000 per year to support costs directly related to the project, in addition to funds available via RTP funding (variable each year) through the School of Health and Life Sciences. Field trip vehicle support is also available.

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, or may be off-campus if candidate is Mildura based.

Conditions of scholarship: Scholarships are for a period of three years, 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 and may be required to participate in occasional industry placement at key times during the term of their candidature.

Location: Ballarat campus, FedUni, Victoria. Postcode 3350 or off campus if based in the Mildura region

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 DeBortoli PhD Scholarship. Supporting documentation must include a copy of your academic record, curriculum vitae, and a 1-2 page outline of your research skills and experience as well as a summary of your goals for a PhD.  Applications may be submitted via mail, in person, or email to

Closing date:  Fri 29 March, 2019

Commencement dates: from 1 May 2019, or negotiable by the successful candidate

Scholarships' project description:

Background: Deen De Bortoli Wines and Federation University Australia invite applications from high calibre candidates to enrol in a Doctor of Philosophy to investigate the water resource history of the Murray River.

Deen De Bortoli was a pioneering visionary of the Australian wine industry whose life’s work was typified by innovation and a proud tradition of making quality wine for the community in Bilbul situated in the Murray Darling Basin. Today De Bortoli Wines is one of Australia’s largest privately owned companies and is generously supporting this major PhD study into a key region of Australia.

This PhD project will involve a longitudinal regional historical study of the Murray River region. The successful applicant will conduct historical research into the water resource history of the Murray River. The successful researcher will be based in a vibrant postgraduate community in the Collaborative Research Centre in Australian History (CRCAH). The PhD researcher will work closely with supervisors Professor Keir Reeves and Professor Peter Gell.

For this scholarship the successful applicant must be eligible for acceptance into a Federation University Australia PhD programme. The PhD eligibility process must have commenced at the time of submitting the scholarship application. The scholarship will be offered to the successful applicant, conditional upon acceptance into a PhD programme.
For further information: Please contact Prof Peter Gell: 03 5327 6155

Principal Supervisor: Professor Keir Reeves
Associate Supervisors: Professor Peter Gell
Industry Co-Supervisor: Darren De Bortoli

Partnership details:Prof. Peter Gell and Darren De Bortoli are joint members of the National Agricultural Productivity and Reconciliation Ecology Centre and have a four year association in developing a narrative of the historical ecology of the Murray Darling Basin and the best means of reconciling the needs of both irrigation agriculture and aquatic ecosystems.