Project: Realising the value proposition for precision agriculture in different landscapes

Scholarship value:  $27082 per annum for three years

Location: Victorian campus of Federation University Australia at Ballarat

Conditions of Scholarship:   Scholarships are 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 may be required to participate in occasional industry placement at key times during the term of their candidature.

How to apply: The Application for Admission Form is available on the FedUni HDR Apply pageAll applicants should check their eligibility prior to applying. Prospective candidates should indicate on the Application for Admission Form that they are applying for the Precision Agriculture/Cerdi PhD Scholarship. Applications may be submitted via mail, in person, or email to

Closing date: Friday 14 December 2018

Scholarship project description:  This project explores the economic, environmental and social value of adopting precision agriculture in different Australian landscapes and farming systems. Possible impacts including improved labour productivity and concomitant changes to rural employment options; and changes to land usage are key considerations. Quantifying benefits of digital technologies will need to consider the range of technologies available, different farming systems and social demographics. Big data analytics, legacy data and farm data will be used to explore the value proposition for precision agriculture from a holistic point of view.
Currently, there are many barriers that have prevented widespread adoption in Australian agriculture including a lack of interoperability between software and hardware platforms, costs of implementation and farmers lacking digital skills. This low adoption is further compounded by farmers having to deal with evolving technologies and managing data that is often poorly integrated. While the on-farm cost savings of precision agriculture are well known, the triple bottom line benefits are more obscure and consequently to date there has been a general reluctance to invest in digital technologies.

FedUni’s Centre for eResearch and Digital Innovation (Cerdi) has partnered with Precision Agriculture Pty Ltd to present this research opportunity.

For further information:  
Associate Professor Helen Thompson,
Director Centre for eResearch and Digital Innovation
Telephone: 03 5327 9418
Email: h.thompson@federation,