There are often project-based research scholarships available to graduate researchers. These are offered at different times throughout the year and are linked to specific research projects or initiatives VU's Academic Colleges, Units, Institutes, Centres and research partners.

These scholarship opportunities for research students are offered outside of the main annual round of graduate research scholarships. They have different eligibility requirements, value, application processes and closing dates.

Previous projects

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

  • 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.

Current opportunities

The project aims to introduce innovative numerical methods to economic modelling to overcome computational barriers associated with the formation of expectations by households and investors.

The outcome will be economic models that include sophisticated rational expectations specifications while retaining considerable industry, regional and occupational disaggregation.


The ARC funding includes a stipend for a PhD student of $36,000 per year.


If you would like to earn a PhD by contributing to this project under the supervision of Professors Dixon and Harding, and meet the following criteria, you are invited to apply for this scholarship.

Applications are open to:

  • students with a strong mathematical or computing background
  • domestic and international students
  • first-class honours (or equivalent) holders.

How to apply

Applications close at 5pm on 1 March 2018.

Complete the online application form.


Contact Professor Peter Dixon to discuss any questions you may have.



Applications are invited from candidates who:

How to apply

Details of project-based scholarship opportunities (including how to apply) will be listed on this page as they become available. They may also be listed on the VU news page.

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