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 Hua Wang

Eligibility

International and domestic applicants.

Value in 2020

  • 1 x $28,200 stipend with fee offset
  • 1 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 (see above)

Application form

Funding source

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

Supervisor

Professor Mary Carolan-Olah

Value in 2020

$28,200 per annum

Eligibility

Preference given to domestic applicants (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

Australian Government Research Training Program

Supervisor

Associate Professor Nir Eynon

Value in 2020

$28,200

Eligibility

International and domestic students. Preference given to domestic applicants.

Degree

PhD

Project summary

This project aims to identify epigenetic and genomic biomarkers that predict the ageing processes in humans, and in doing so aims to contribute to knowledge on personalised health. Using intensified exercise training as a model we plan to discover specific epigenetic markers in skeletal muscle predictive of the rate of ageing.

This approach is essential for individual risk stratification, and the development of targeted and personalised prevention programs for the general population.

Special conditions

None

Guide for applicants

Supervisor:

Professor Hua Wang

Eligibility

International and domestic applicants.

Value in 2020

$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 (see above).

Application form

Funding source

Australian Research Council

Supervisor

Professor Nigel Stepto

Value in 2020

$28,200 to $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
  • 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 Todor Vasiljevic

Value in 2020

$30,000 per annum

Eligibility

International and Domestic applicants

Degree

PhD

Project summary

Approximately 25-30% of cow’s milk protein is ß-casein, which appears as several types, the most common being the A1- and A2 variants. Approximately 15% of the dairy herd in Ireland possess the genotype to produce the A1 milk variant, consumption of which has been linked to cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and neurological conditions in humans; however, the science supporting these links to date is still limited.

This 4-year study takes a two-pronged approach to understanding the importance of the ß-casein genotype to Ireland's breeding programme and dairy products produced.

Firstly, the A1/A2 ß-casein national genotype frequency will be established using genotype data captured from the national herd.

The second aspect of this project is to determine the impact of the A2 genotype on quality of milk and derived dairy products. Such products will include Cheddar cheese and skimmed milk powder for infant milk formulation and yoghurt. Technological and physical functionality as well in vitro physiological potential, using the INFOGEST protocol, of these products will consequently be established

Required disciplinary background

Food Science, Nutrition, Agriculture or a related discipline.

Special conditions

Scholarship holder will spend up to 9 months of the first year of the PhD in Melbourne and the remaining time in Ireland.

Guide for applicants

Supervisor

Dr James Broatch

Value in 2020

$28,200

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

Industry Supported Scholarships

Victoria University is offering 10 Industry Supported Scholarships.

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

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.

Read the application guide.

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.

Industry partner

Defence Science and Technology Group

Supervisor

Professor Rezaul Begg

Stipend value in 2020

$28,200 per annum

Project summary

There is considerable potential for assistive devices to augment strength, reduce physical and physiological workloads, and improve performance. Well-designed assistive devices should enhance and extend the operational lifecycle of military personnel.

In collaboration with defence research partners, the project will employ biomechanics-based concepts, including:

  1. load transfer to less vulnerable body structures or to the environment,
  2. reducing joint forces and
  3. augmenting joint movements using actuators.

Biomechanical modelling will be used to estimate internal muscle and joint forces to assess body reactions due to wearing exoskeletons.

Required disciplinary background

Biomechanics

Special conditions

  • Domestic Applicants only (Australian and New Zealand Citizens and Australian Permanent Residents)
  • IP Assignment (see above)

Industry partner

Peninsula Hot Springs

Supervisor

Dr Joanne Pyke

Stipend value in 2020

$28,200 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

Professor Hua Wang

Stipend value in 2020

$28,200 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 (see above)

Industry partner

Victorian State Government.

Supervisor

Professor Bruce Mountain

Stipend value in 2020

$30,000 per annum

Project summary

The Victoria Energy Policy Centre (VEPC) research program is focused 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 (see above).

Industry Partner

FrieslandCampina

Supervisor

Professor Todor Vasiljevic

Stipend value in 2020

$28,200 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 (see above)

Industry partner

Victoria University (Facilities)

Supervisors

Dr Cagil Ozansoy and Dr Wei Yang

Stipend value in 2020

$28,200 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 (see above)

Industry partner

City West Water

Supervisor

Dr Dimuth Navaratna

Stipend value in 2020

$28,200 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 (see above)

Industry partner

CoHealth

Supervisor

Associate Professor Melinda Craike

Stipend value in 2020

$28,200 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 (see above)
  • Before commencing, the successful applicant will have to provide current:

    • working with children check
    • police check.

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)

Sport Industry Scholarships

Victoria Univeristy has strong relationships with leading partners in sport who are offering stipend scholarships and stipend top-ups.

These opportunities not only offer a total stipend more than the normal RTP Stipend Scholarship, they offer an unparalleled opportunity to be based with an industry partner solving industry problems.

Stipend Scholarship

Supervisor

Associate Professor Sam Robertson

Available to

Domestic applicants only.

Value in 2020

$34,500 per annum

Project Summary

Victoria University’s Institute for Health and Sport (iHeS), partnering with Western Bulldogs, is seeking applications for PhD projects for 2020.

Applicants are encouraged to put forward a project of interest as part of their submission.

The student would be primarily located at the Victoria University Whitten Oval campus, where in addition to their PhD study, they would gain experience in a variety of AFL support and match day functions.

Required disciplinary background

Sport science, Australian football (desirable)

Special conditions

  • IP Assignment
  • Working With Children Check

Guide to applicants

Stipend Scholarship Top-Ups

Sport scholarship stipend top-ups offer $12,000 per annum on top of the RTP Stipend Scholarship (Domestic or International) so scholarship holders will receive $40,200 per annum in 2020.

To apply for top-up stipends:

  • Read the 2020 Main Scholarship Round Guidelines
  • Discuss your application with the Supervisor listed
  • Apply using the main round online application form
  • In the “Proposed Supervisor Details” section of the form include the name of the listed Supervisor, Associate Professor Sam Robertson
  • If your application for a RTP Stipend Scholarship is successful, you will automatically receive the top-up.

Supervisor

Associate Professor Sam Robertson

Available to

International and Domestic applicants.

Value in 2020

$12,000 per annum top-up on normal RTP stipend scholarship (International or Domestic)

Degree

PhD

Project Summary

This project seeks a student with interest in augmented vision technologies, such as Virtual Reality, and an understanding of contemporary skill learning approaches.

Victoria University’s Institute for Health and Sport (IHES) is partnering with the Australian Football League (AFL) to offer three industry-based PhD student scholarships. The students will be primarily located at AFL House working within the Football Operations division, and specifically the Umpiring Team, where in addition to their PhD study, they would gain experience in a variety of AFL support and match day functions.

Required disciplinary background

Skill acquisition, sport science, Australian football (desirable)

Special conditions

  • IP Assignment
  • Working with children check

Guide to applicants

  • Funding Source: Australian Football League (AFL)
  • Application Instructions: Apply using the online form and include the Supervisor name above in the “Proposed Supervisor Details” and you will automatically be considered for the top-up.

Supervisor

Associate Professor Sam Robertson

Available to

International and Domestic applicants.

Value in 2020

$12,000 per annum top-up on normal RTP stipend scholarship (International or Domestic)

Degree

PhD

Project Summary

This project will seek to understand the variety of factors that influence umpire performance and in turn how such information can be used to enhance umpire performance. This projects seeks a student with a strong interest in data analytics.

Victoria University’s Institute for Health and Sport (iHeS) is partnering with the Australian Football League (AFL) to offer three industry-based PhD student scholarships. The students will be primarily located at AFL House working within the Football Operations division, and specifically the Umpiring Team, where in addition to their PhD study, they would gain experience in a variety of AFL support and match day functions .

Required disciplinary background

Statistics, data scieince, sport science, Australian football (desirable)

Special conditions

  • IP Assignment
  • Working with children check

Guide to applicants

  • Funding Source: Australian Football League (AFL)
  • Application Instructions: Apply using the online form and include the Supervisor name above in the “Proposed Supervisor Details” and you will automatically be considered for the top-up.

Supervisor

Associate Professor Sam Robertson

Available to

International and Domestic applicants.

Value in 2020

$12,000 per annum top-up on normal RTP stipend scholarship (International or Domestic)

Degree

PhD

Project Summary

This project will develop new metrics for umpire performance that consider physical and cognitive factors. This project would suit a student with experience in using physical performance data capture tools such as GPS and a broader understanding of skill and psychological influences on performance.

Victoria University’s Institute for Health and Sport (iHeS) is partnering with the Australian Football League (AFL) to offer three industry-based PhD student scholarships. The students will be primarily located at AFL House working within the Football Operations division, and specifically the Umpiring Team, where in addition to their PhD study, they would gain experience in a variety of AFL support and match day functions.

Required disciplinary background

Sport science, global positioning systems (GPS), Australian football (desirable)

Special conditions

  • IP Assignment
  • Working with children check

Guide to applicants

  • Funding Source: Australian Football League (AFL)
  • Application Instructions: Apply using the online form and include the Supervisor name above in the “Proposed Supervisor Details” and you will automatically be considered for the top-up.

Supervisor

Associate Professor Sam Robertson

Available to

International and Domestic applicants.

Value in 2020

$12,000 per annum top-up on normal RTP stipend scholarship (International or Domestic)

Degree

PhD

Project Summary

This project aims to develop a working model to detect anomalies in player behaviour of players competing in high-level tennis. The project will utilise a range of different data types including player tracking and match event data. It is anticipated that the developed model will have applications in monitoring the integrity of on-court competition.

Required disciplinary background

Statistics, sport science, machine learning (desirable), tennis (desirable)

Special conditions

  • IP Assignment
  • Working with children check

Guide to applicants

  • Funding Source: Tennis Australia
  • Application Instructions: Apply using the online form and include the Supervisor name above in the “Proposed Supervisor Details” and you will automatically be considered for the top-up.

Supervisor

Associate Professor Sam Robertson

Available to

International and Domestic applicants.

Value in 2020

$12,000 per annum top-up on normal RTP stipend scholarship (International or Domestic)

Degree

PhD

Project Summary

This project aims to develop models to predict outcomes in competitive tennis match play. The project will utilise various data sources available to high-level tennis, such as player and ball tracking as well as match event data. It is anticipated that several separate models will be developed to predict shot, point and match outcomes.

Required disciplinary background

Statistics, sport science, machine learning (desirable), tennis (desirable)

Special conditions

  • IP Assignment
  • Working with children check

Guide to applicants

  • Funding Source: Tennis Australia
  • Application Instructions: Apply using the online form and include the Supervisor name above in the “Proposed Supervisor Details” and you will automatically be considered for the top-up.

Industry Supported Scholarships application form & guidelines

Before applying you should read the VU Industry Supported Scholarships Guide to Applicants 2020.

Applications will be open from Thursday 1 August until Thursday 31 October (AEDT).

The application form is available at https://vu.smartygrants.com.au/RTP2020

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 and ensure they complete and send the Proposed Supervisor Form to the Research Scholarships Team.

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 https://vu.smartygrants.com.au/referee
  • certified copies of:
    • proof of citizenship
    • academic transcripts & degree qualification certificates
    • English-language proficiency evidence.

Contact us

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