Victoria University often provides opportunities for scholarships related to specific projects.

Often these projects are funded in conjunction with an industry partner, offering the valuable opportunity to learn to do research which connects industry and universities. This can provide experience and perspective on research, which is valued by universities and industry employers.

Project-specific scholarships

Scholarships to study PhDs and Masters are available for the following projects, which provide living stipends and fee offsets.

Project title

Preventing sensitive data exfiltration from insiders

Supervisor

Professor Hua Wang

Stipend value in 2021

$29,000 per annum

Project summary

Confidential data such as military secrets or intellectual property must never be disclosed outside the organisation; formally protecting data exfiltration from insider attacks is a major challenge. This project aims to develop a pattern-matching based systematic methodology for data exfiltration in database systems. We will devise highly accurate detection tools and secure provenance techniques that can effectively protect against insider attacks. The outcomes of the project will incorporate new security constraints and policies raised by emerging technologies to enable better protection of sensitive information.

Required disciplinary knowledge

  • A first-class honours degree in computer science or mathematics.
  • A MS degree in computer science or mathematics with a major thesis component.
  • A good track record in security and algorithm development is required, and good team work is preferred.

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  • Applications are now closed.
  • Applications are accepted for domestic and international (residing onshore); PhD or Masters
  • Please ensure you have carefully read the Guide to Applicants prior to submission.
  • Apply through the online application system.

Project title

Exploring how carbohydrate intake and timing affect endurance adaptations and performance

Supervisor

  • Professor David Bishop (Primary)
  • Dr Matt Lee (Associate, internal)
  • Ms Bianka Probert (Associate, external)

Stipend value in 2021

$29,000 per annum

Project summary

The physically demanding nature of Special Forces training and operations require the “upper limit of human performance” and involve performing repeated high-intensity actions. Muscle glycogen (i.e., carbohydrates) is the muscle’s preferred energy source for such tasks. Nutritional strategies that maximise carbohydrate availability before, during, and/or after exercise are encouraged to help meet exercise demands, maximise performance, and promote muscle glycogen recovery. However, evidence also suggests low-carbohydrate training can enhance the signals within muscle cells that promote endurance adaptations.

To achieve the “best of both worlds”, this project will investigate how restricting carbohydrate for a short (3 h) recovery period post-exercise affects endurance training adaptations and performance measures relevant to military populations. The successful master’s candidate will gain experience in conducting an extensive nutrition and exercise training study, as well as the collection of skeletal muscle and blood samples and subsequent analyses (Western blot, PCR, transcriptomics, enzyme assays).

Required disciplinary knowledge

The successful candidate will have a background in one (or more) of the following areas: exercise physiology, exercise metabolism, sports nutrition. The applicant should have some understanding of the basic principles underpinning molecular adaptations to training (desirable). Previous experience in conducting a research project (i.e., honours degree involving research methods) is also desirable. The candidate will be fully supported and trained in all project-specific methods and analyses.

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Project title

Empowering Communities

Supervisor

  • Associate Professor Tim Corney (Primary)
  • Ms Ruth Liston (Associate)

Stipend value in 2022

$29,300 per annum

Project summary

The purpose of this action research project is to build capability and expertise through embedding in three crime prevention Action Groups in Hume, Brimbank and Melton Local Government Areas as they develop and deliver evidence‐based approaches to address crime and improve community safety as part of the Empowering Communities program.

You will work closely with the Action Groups, conduct a process evaluation and provide regular reports to the Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS). You will also work collaboratively with the Action Groups and consultants as they establish an evaluation framework to assess project impact.

This will form the basis of your PhD thesis and you will be mentored throughout by two active supervisors. Through embedding in the Action Groups you will contribute to empowering communities in the west of Melbourne, as well as develop your expertise in evaluation, community development and crime prevention.

Required disciplinary knowledge

Community development or community crime prevention; project evaluation

Desirable

Demonstrated experience with the communities in Melbourne's West

The scholarship will depend upon the successful applicant obtaining the following documents:

  • Working with children check
  • Police check.

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Industry-supported scholarships

There are no industry-supported scholarships currently available at Victoria University.

Preparing your application

The relevant online application form lists the documents you will need to be submit and this must include:

  • academic transcripts
  • qualification certificates
  • research proposal – including supervisor's name and priority FoR (as above)
  • 200-word personal statement – include your reasons for wanting to undertake this research, and your academic path or trajectory
  • up-to-date CV including two written academic references 
  • letters from previous lecturers or supervisors, including their titles, institutions and contact details (no template available) 
  • signed Prospective Supervisor form (you are required to seek in-principle support of supervision and include this form with your application).

This initial proposal gives us an understanding of your research interests. Study in the early stages of your research degree may lead to changes. In some cases, your supervisor(s) may suggest a project linked with both of your interests.

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