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

Assistive Technologies in Biomechanics

Supervisor

Professor Rezaul Begg

Stipend value in 2021

$29,000 per annum

Project Summary

In collaboration with defence research partners the successful applicant will investigate Wearable Assistive Technologies to enhance performance and reduce injuries in walking, running, load carrying and manual handling. This multidisciplinary project will focus on gait biomechanics and the application of intelligent technologies to movement prediction.

This PhD project is part of a broader research programme investigating the applications of wearable technologies to assist human movement activities. It will utilise VU’s world-class Biomechanics Laboratory to capture 3D motion and wearable sensor data that will be used to predict the user’s intentions by identifying movement features that are precursors to a future response, such as gait termination or changing direction. Intelligent technologies that can monitor and predict movement patterns can then be used to synchronise assistive devices with the user’s intended action.

Required disciplinary knowledge

Biomechanics, Engineering or a related field.

Apply

Applications now open and closing 13 December 2020 midnight (AEST).

Applications are accepted for new domestic PhD applicants only.

Please ensure you have carefully read the Guide to Applicants prior to submission.

Apply through the online application system.

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 also good team work is preferred.

Apply

Applications now open and closing 13 December 2020 midnight (AEST).

Applications are accepted for new domestic applicants only; Phd or Masters.

Please ensure you have carefully read the Guide to Applicants prior to submission.

Apply through the online application system.

Project Title

An Intergenerational Oral History of the Koori Courts in Victoria

The Sir Zelman Cowen Centre (SZCC) at Victoria University has been awarded an Australia Research Council grant for an Intergenerational Oral History of the Koori Courts.

Supervisor

Professor Kathy Laster, Director, Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, Victoria University

Stipend value in 2021

Full-time Doctor of Philosophy and/or Masters Research Degree ($29,000 per annum)

Project Summary

This Australian Research Council (ARC) funded research project will record the historic establishment and implementation of the Koori Courts in Victoria.

The project's objectives are to:

  • create an accessible case-study and archival record of the development and early challenges of the Koori Courts in Victoria
  • identify factors that have contributed to its success and sustainability;
  • build the research capacity of young Indigenous scholars;
  • provide a reciprocal intergenerational learning opportunity, so Indigenous Elders can pass on their knowledge and experience to future Indigenous leaders
  • explore the role of Indigenous justice in Australia in the context of international developments in alternative justice practices for Indigenous communities.

The SZCC is working with the Koori Unit at Court Services Victoria on this multi-disciplinary project that will build the research capacity of young Aboriginal scholars meeting and interviewing Elders and respected persons about the establishment of and the significant moments in the history of the Koori courts.

The project will be a creative legacy of a critical time in Indigenous self-determination and culturally sensitive justice system approaches for Indigenous people.

One of the components of the project is an exhibition in Melbourne that will tour regional areas. Graduates in Filmmaking and exhibition curatorial management are also encouraged to apply for Research Assistant roles and postgraduate placements.

Required disciplinary knowledge

  • A background in law, legal studies, justice, criminology, history, cultural studies, curatorial management (or related fields)
  • Strong analytical acumen and interpersonal skills
  • Connections and networks with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

Anticipated learnings & activities for the project

The project is overseen by a senior Advisory Board with distinguished Indigenous leaders including Andrew Jackomos APM as Chair of the board. Depending on the disciplinary background, the PhD/Masters student/s under expert supervision will:

  • coordinate the literature review
  • identify, conduct and analyse interview data from key stakeholders involved in the establishment of the Koori Courts (including Indigenous Elders, judicial officers, politicians and policy makers)
  • assist with convening the academic conference
  • assist with development of the curated online and touring exhibition showcasing the research findings
  • work alongside Professors Kathy Laster, Anne Wallace and Richard Broome and receive graduate training and mentoring from expert supervisors on legal and Indigenous history, public policy, and oral history methods
  • liaise closely with Moondani Balluk Indigenous Unit, Victoria University, Court Services Victoria, the Koori Justice Unit (Department of Justice and Community Safety). and have direct contact with Indigenous Elders and communities

Apply

We are accepting applications for new domestic applicants only; PhD or Masters.

Applications close Sunday 28 February 2021 midnight (AEST).

Read the Guide to Applicants carefully prior to submission.

You are encouraged to contact Professor Kathy Laster to discuss your interest in the scholarship/s.

Email: [email protected]

Apply through the online application system.

Project Title

Effective and Efficient Situation Awareness in Big Social Media Data

Supervisor

Professor Yanchun Zhang

Stipend value in 2021

$29,000 per annum

Project Summary

Social media-based situation awareness provides another feasible channal for crisis management, since critical events that cause great loss in live are commonly identified in social media.  This project aims to develop advanced techniques to analyse big social media data and more efficiently conduct critical situation awareness over online services. By enhancing the services and capabilities of crisis management users and reducing the loss in disasters, significant economic and social benefits will be brought to government, society, enterprises and social users.

Required disciplinary knowledge

  • A first-class honours degree in Computer Science;
  • A MS degree in Computer Science with a major thesis component;
  • Ranked in the top 10% in your class at a reputable national university; or
  • Ranked in the top 30% of your class at a Top 100 research university by world standard;
  • Research background on social media analysis, recommender systems, database system or data mining areas. 

Apply

Applications now open and closing 13 December 2020 midnight (AEST).

Applications are accepted for domestic applicants only; Phd or Masters.

Please ensure you have carefully read the Guide to Applicants prior to submission.

Apply through the online application system.

Industry-supported scholarships

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

Preparing your application

Carefully read the application guides and review the online application form for details of what is sought for each project. Discuss the project with the listed supervisor.

The relevant online application form lists the documents you will need to submit. Normally this will include:

  • your CV
  • a 500 word outline of the topic (see the application form for details of what is sought)
  • a 500 word statement on why you are applying for the PhD project
  • name and contact details of two referees
  • certified copies of:
    • proof of citizenship
    • academic transcripts & degree qualification certificates
    • English-language proficiency evidence.

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