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.

 

Industry supported scholarships

Victoria University is offering a number of industry supported scholarships.

Applicants should read the  Guide to Applicants.

These scholarships relate to specific PhD projects agreed with our industry partners, who contribute at least half the funds for the stipends.

Stipends and fee offset are also supported through the Australian Government Research Training Program.

Special conditions, including IP

Successful applicants for these scholarships will need to sign an Intellectual Property (IP) assignment, assigning any intellectual property created in the PhD (except copyright in the thesis) to Victoria University, so that we can meet our contractual obligations to our industry partners.

Some individual projects may have other special conditions, which will be made clear in the project details. Click on the projects on this page for further information about the project description, industry partner, supervisor stipend amount and other details.

Before applying you should read the VU Industry Supported Scholarships Guide to Applicants.

Applications will be open until midnight Wednesday 15 May  2019 (AEST).

The application form is available at vu.smartygrants.com.au/ISS

Industry partner

  • Western Water.

Supervisor

Stipend value in 2019

  • $27,600 per annum. After the first year, the candidate will also be eligible for a performance based attractive increment in the scholarship of total $25k distributed over the remaining 2.5 years of PhD.

Project summary

Challenges facing the Victorian water corporations in maintaining safe and resilient water supplies, include population growth, aging infrastructure, customer expectations and climate change.

For this reason, the successful PhD applicant will work alongside academic and industry in developing an Intelligent Water Network Strategy & Action Plan. It will consist of water, sewer and recycled water network devices that provide intelligence, communication systems and digital metering that can ultimately enable cost-effective asset management investment decisions.

More specifically, algorithms will be developed to:

  • identify water usage signatory information
  • utilise Big Data management
  • explore system operation in terms of water balance
  • implement Information and Communications Technology (ICT) including remote sensing technologies.

Required disciplinary background

  • Water engineering and Big Data management.
  • Intelligent Water Network supported by sensors and smart meters.

Special conditions:

  • IP assignment
  • Driver’s license
  • Police check may be required before commencement.

 

Industry partner

  • Melbourne City Mission.

Supervisor

Professor Robyn Broadbent.

Stipend value in 2019

  • $27,600 per annum.

Project summary

The project is an evaluation of a 15 million dollar social impact bond.

Melbourne City Mission deliver an education program called the Hester Hornbrook Academy. The Academy delivers a VCAL program to very vulnerable young people and uses a holistic approach to remove their barriers to education such as homelessness, trauma, mental health, family violence and offending behaviours.

The Academy also runs two young mums' classrooms.

Required disciplinary background

  • Knowledge about working with vulnerable young people, especially those with mental health issues
  • Understanding of education models that work with disengaged or young people not in education, employment or training.

Special conditions:

  • IP assignment
  • Working with children check.

Industry partner

  • Peninsula Hot Springs.

Supervisor

Stipend value in 2019

  • $27,600 per annum.

Project summary

Hot springs and spas are a central component of the growing ‘wellness’ industry and one of the fastest growing sectors within the visitor economy.

In Victoria, the industry is expanding rapidly with and several new attractions are in the planning and development stages.  

This research will investigate the wider social and environmental impacts of industry growth and the extent to which the growth aligns with wider regional development goals of building stronger, resilient communities and sustainable employment. 

The research will be undertaken through the conduct of in-depth case studies of three hot springs and spa resorts in Victoria.

Required disciplinary background

  • Tourism and destination management.

 

Industry partner

  • Omicron Technologies.

Supervisor

Stipend value in 2019

  • $27,600 per annum

Project summary

The intent of this research is to derive a machine learning (cognitive) self-learning algorithm which would enable accurate stock market trends predictions.

This will assist investors in making timely investment decisions. On the other-hand companies will be benefited by increasing shares investments due increased investor confidence. The outcome of this research will be scalable and could be applied to develop efficient Robotic processes that will be benefit different industries.

Required disciplinary background

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Data mining and programming

Special conditions

  • IP assignment.

Industry partner

  • Victorian State Government.

Supervisor

  • Professor Bruce Mountain

Stipend value in 2019

  • $30,000 per annum.

Project summary

The Victoria Energy Policy Centre (VEPC) research program is focussed on three areas:

  • Wholesale energy markets and renewable energy policy: We focus on economic analysis of state and federal policies for the reduction of emissions in the electricity sector. 
  • Retail markets: We focus on the application of data science and econometric techniques to quantify and assess relevant issues including search costs, price discrimination, policy development and monitoring.
  • The economics of energy storage: We focus on the economics of the demand and supply of storage (and its substitutes) in behind-the-meter and grid-connected applications. 

Applications are invited for two PhD positions at VEPC to undertake research related to one VEPC’s focus areas. 

Required disciplinary background

  • Micro economics, electrical engineering, energy policy.

Special conditions

  • IP assignment.

Industry Partner

  • FrieslandCampina.

Supervisor

Stipend value in 2019

  • $27,600 per annum.

Project summary

Milk proteins play a crucial role in human nutrition and as transporter for minerals exemplified by presence of casein micelles in milk. These complex structures have large industrial importance.

Protein-mineral interactions are a key factor affecting casein micelle stability.

Qualitative and quantitative insights have gained into the association of minerals with caseins and their importance in the formation of casein micelles. However, a holistic mechanistic understanding of this area, in relation to both the physiology of lactation and protein functionality and stability in dairy products remains elusive.

This project aims to advance this field, with a primary focus on establishing and understanding the link between protein-mineral interactions and the stability and properties of milk proteins.

Required disciplinary background

  • Food science (dairy science/technology, food chemistry, physical chemistry of foods) or similar.

Special conditions:

  • IP assignment.

Industry partner

Victoria University (Facilities).

Supervisors

Stipend value in 2019

  • $27,600 per annum.

Project summary

This PhD scholarship is for an industry project funded by Facilities Department at Victoria University.

The research will develop an integrated approach to optimise the operation of different mechanical and electrical systems in a building to maximise its energy efficiency and thermal comfort while ensuring the robustness of the operation.

Various mechanical/electrical system operation parameters will be considered, including temperature setpoint, night time setback, fan/pump start/stop schedule, lighting ON/OFF control, air flow rate, etc.

The outcomes of the research will improve the building operation performance and achieve additional energy savings, therefore creating benefits to VU and reducing VU's carbon footprint.

Required disciplinary background

  • Mechanical engineering
  • Building energy efficiency
  • Building performance simulation
  • Building energy management
  • HVAC system control.

Special conditions

  • IP assignment.

Industry partner

  • City West Water

Supervisor

Stipend value in 2019

  • $27,600 per annum

Project summary

Victoria University (VU) and City West Water (CWW) have jointly developed this industry-partnered PhD project.

It is based on the growing interest from CWW trade-waste customers (TWCs) and the community to recover energy and nutrients from waste streams, which are currently diverted to sewers or transported to off-site facilities for safe disposal.

This is considered as a significant waste of valuable resources and a very expensive operation for TWCs to operate their businesses sustainably. 

The selected candidate has to conduct a comprehensive literature review and a survey to develop a complete database showing the current practices of TWCs.

The candidate will research an anaerobic membrane bioreactor (AnMBR) system treating industry wastewater to evaluate the potential of adopting the AnMBR as an effective pre-treatment technology   

Required disciplinary background

  • Civil/Chemical and/or Environmental Engineering.

Special conditions

IP assignment.

Industry partner

  • CoHealth

Supervisor

Stipend value in 2019

  • $27,600 per annum

Project summary

This project forms a core component of a new partnership between CoHealth, a community health service, and the Mitchell Institute.

The PhD project will focus on services provided to clients with high risk factors for both preventable chronic disease and for deterioration of established chronic disease, to establish a pathway to engagement in physical activity.

The PhD project will focus on either:

(i) the development of a physical activity program designed to meet the needs of CoHealth clients, 

or (ii) the development of an implementation strategy that will effectively facilitate engagement of CoHealth services and staff.   

Special conditions

  • IP assignment.
  • Before commencing, the successful applicant will have to provide a current:

    • Working with children check
    • Police check.

Industry partner

  • Wyndham City Council, Melton City Council, Hume City Council

Supervisor

Stipend value in 2019

  • $27,600 per annum

Project summary

This research addresses the impacts of climate change and natural hazards on asset management driven by the significant investment into these infrastructures together with the current population growth in Victoria.

The following phases will reference the strategic drivers at national and state levels:

  • Phase 1 involves increasing the knowledge of asset conditions.
  • Phase 2 will use this data to refine asset valuation methodologies.
  • In phase 3 numerical models will be developed to evaluate deterioration with findings verified through laboratory experiments.
  • In phase 4, the information obtained during all previous phases will be used to construct a decision-making framework to ensure strategic investment. The aforementioned phases will reference the strategic drivers at national and state levels.

Required disciplinary background

  • Civil/Chemical and/or Environmental Engineering.

Special conditions

IP assignment.

Eligibility

Applications are invited from candidates who:

Preparing your application

Carefully read the  Guide to Applicants and review the online application form for details of what is sought for each project.

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

  • 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
  • referee reports submitted confidentially by 2 referees at vu.smartygrants.com.au/referee
  • certified copies of:
    • proof of citizenship
    • academic transcripts & degree qualification certificates
    • English language proficiency evidence.

Other project-specific postgraduate research scholarships

Scholarships for postgraduate research are also available for the following projects, which provide living stipends and fee offsets.

Supervisor

Eligibility

  • Domestic applicants only (Australian or New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents).

Degree

  • PhD

Project summary

This PhD scholarship will be of interest to health professionals with an interest in understanding the impact of any type of Diabetes (any) in pregnancy and those wishing to develop resources for pregnant women with Diabetes.

Projects addressing clients and populations with low health literacy are particularly invited.

Full training and support will be provided to the successful applicant.

Required disciplinary background

  • midwifery
  • nursing
  • psychology
  • related health discipline.

Special conditions

Before commencing, the successful applicant will have to provide a current:

  • working with children check
  • police check.

Application form

Funding source

Supervisor

Value in 2019

  • $27,600 per annum -$30,000 per annum, depending on successful applicant’s experience.

Eligibility

  • Available to international and domestic applicants.

Degree

  • PhD

Project summary

This project is part of a large National Health and Medical Research Council funded study exploring the mechanisms of insulin resistance in peripheral tissues in women with PCOS.

The student involved in this study will be working within a dynamic team working across two sites in Melbourne where they will be analysing muscle and fat tissue (ex-vivo and in-vitro) mitochondrial function (respiration, ROS production) and content from the participants recruited into the FIREx study. 

This work is part of an ongoing research aiming to unravel the elusive molecular mechanisms of PCOS-specific insulin resistance, contributing to the discovery of novel therapeutic targets.

Required disciplinary background

  • Exercise science/physiology , biomedical science, and/or medicine/medical sciences.

Special conditions

  • The successful applicant will need to sign an Intellectual Property assignment, assigning any intellectual property created in the PhD (except copyright in the thesis) to Victoria University.

Application form

Funding source

NHMRC

Supervisor:

Professor Hua Wang

Eligibility

  • International and domestic applicants.

Value in 2019

  • 1 x $27,600 stipend with fee offset; and 2 x fee offset only (no stipend).

Degree

  • PhD.

Project summary

Neurological abnormalities are major and increasingly important contributors to the fatal disease burden.

The aim of this proposal is to develop a reliable, robust and real-time analysis system for automatic and accurate detection of neurological abnormalities and prediction of impending neurological problems from brain signal data.

This project should design novel algorithms for brain signal processing, data compression, detection and prediction of neurological abnormalities from massive brain signal data.

The success of this project will lead to significant improvement of existing methods in health monitoring applications in Australia and worldwide and hence will save lives, money and resources

Required disciplinary background

  • Biomedical signal analysis and machine learning.

Special conditions

  • IP assignment.

Application form

Funding source

  • Australian Research Council.

Supervisor:

Professor Hua Wang.

Eligibility

  • International and domestic applicants.

Value in 2019

  • $27,600 per annum.

Degree

  • PhD.

Project summary

Outsourcing of data storage is increasingly common, but poses major problems for data security and confidentiality. One solution is to formally specify and manage data fragmentation with associations.

This project aims to discover how tuples in fragments can be grouped for producing loose associations so to increase the utility of queries executed over fragments.

It creates a framework to perform grouping and produce loose associations that satisfy information protection goals while achieving utility for queries over different fragments. 

The project is also proposed to develop a minimal fragmentation model to validate loose association rules while minimising data leakage risks

Required disciplinary background

  • Data security, data mining and programming.

Special conditions

  • IP assignment.

Application form

Funding source

  • Australian Research Council (and in collaboration with Nexus Online Pty Ltd and La Trobe University).

Previous projects

Some of the past projects that offered scholarships to suitable PhD candidates include:

  • Genes & physical performance in Army personnel
  • Physical activity & mental health
  • Novel membrane technology for mineral process
  • Membrane distillation for resource recovery
  • Empirical evaluation of the Activity Balance Model – a novel theoretical framework for epidemiological research
  • Investigating the effects of sports compression garments on aspects of athletic performance, recovery, and adaptations to exercise training
  • Early detection of Type 1 diabetes in early childhood
  • The impact of walking programs at the workplace on reduced stress/anxiety/depression and increased wellbeing
  • A social history of Australian basketball
  • Tourism and green growth
  • Fabrication of nanocomposite membranes.

Contact us

If you have any questions please email researchscholarships@vu.edu.au.