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 PhD scholarships

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

Supervisor

Professor Sam Robertson

Value in 2020

$28,200 per annum  

Eligibility

Available to international and domestic applicants.

Degree

PhD

Project summary

Tennis is among the most global and popular sports on the planet. Most nations aspire to grow their number of players while also producing more elite players. These objectives, which commonly form the participation and performance mandates of federations, are often seen as dichotomous. International governing bodies, like the International Tennis Federation, are constantly challenged to develop ways to reliably track and evaluate the participation and performance progress of nations, allowing them to better allocate available resource. This collaboration with the ITF seeks to identify a student capable of developing an evidence-based framework, using qualitative and quantitative techniques, for driving participation growth and performance outcomes in international tennis.

Required disciplinary background

  • Sport science, management and/or policy
  • Strong analytical acumen

Special conditions

Successful applicant will be required to obtain a Working with Children Check and National Police Check

Due date

Midnight, 31 March 2020

Application form

Supervisor

Dr James Broatch

Value in 2020

Base stipend is $28,200 per annum. 
Top-up of $10,000 per annum (flat-rate) from second year for the duration of the scholarship, subject to satisfactory performance.

Eligibility

Domestic only

Degree

PhD

Project Summary

This project will investigate the role of exercise in altering cerebral blood flow, with a particular focus on developing ‘best practice’ exercise prescription for promoting beneficial changes in cerebral blood flow. Full training and support will be provided to the successful application.

Required disciplinary knowledge

Exercise Physiology, Hemodynamics (desirable)

Special Conditions

IP Assignment

Guide for Applicants

Supervisor

Professor Khalid Moinuddin

Value in 2020

$28,000 per annum

Eligibility

International and domestic applicants

Degree

PhD

Project summary

Firebrands (such as twigs, barks and leaves) [also referred to as embers] play an important role in bushfire spread and damage to properties. They are a significant cause of bushfire attack on infrastructure and for starting spot fires many kilometres ahead of the fire front. The project aims to develop a statistical model from modelling of firebrand movement that can be incorporated into fire simulator models to help predict the contribution of embers to fire spread predictions. The research should identify parameters for simplified firebrand dynamics for use within fire simulator models, and will be obtained via statistical analysis of firebrand behaviour and landing distributions.

Required disciplinary knowledge

Applied mathematics or mechanical engineering or chemical engineering or civil engineering.

Special conditions

None

Due date

Midnight, 6 February 2020 (AEDT)

Guide for applicants

Supervisor:

Professor David Bishop

Eligibility

International and domestic applicants.

Value in 2020

$28,200 per annum.

Degree

PhD

Project summary

The topic for this PhD is “molecular networks underlying exercise-induced mitochondrial biogenesis in humans” and the aim is to uncover novel signalling events associated with exercise-induced mitochondrial biogenesis in humans. The successful applicant will be responsible for running exercise trials involving skeletal muscle biopsies, followed by the analysis of changes in genes and proteins in human muscle samples.

Required disciplinary background

Molecular biology.

Special conditions

None.

Application form

Supervisor

Professor David Bishop

Value in 2020

$28,200 per annum.

Eligibility

Available to international and domestic applicants.

Degree

PhD

Project summary

The topic for this PhD is nutrition practices to support and maximise adaptations to training in Australian army personnel.

In partnership with The Defence Science and Technology Group, there is an exciting opportunity for a PhD student to perform research that evaluates the daily energy requirements, energy intake, and macronutrient intake and timing, of military personnel during physical training. This information will then be used to design laboratory and field studies to investigate novel feeding strategies to enhance adaptations to training.

Required disciplinary background

Nutrition, exercise physiology.

Special conditions

None

Due date

Midnight, 31 January 2020 (AEDT)

Application form

Industry-supported scholarships

Victoria University is currently offering two industry-supported scholarships.

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

Special conditions

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 below for information about the project, industry partner, supervisor stipend amount and other details.

Industry partner

Western Water

Supervisor

Stipend value in 2020

$28,200 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.

Due date

Midnight, 28 February 2020 (AEDT)

Application form

Industry partner

Wyndham City Council, Melton City Council, Hume City Council

Supervisor

Dr Rudi van Staden

Stipend value in 2020

$28,200 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 (see above)

Due date

Midnight, 28 February 2020 (AEDT)

Application form

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
  • referee reports submitted confidentially by 2 referees
  • certified copies of:
    • proof of citizenship
    • academic transcripts & degree qualification certificates
    • English-language proficiency evidence.

Contact us

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