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

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 channel 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 23 May 2021 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.

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 good team work is preferred.

Apply

  • Applications now open and closing 23 May 2021 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 Autonomously Controlled Ankle Exoskeleton for Gait Rehabilitation

Supervisor

Professor Rezaul Begg

Stipend value in 2021

$29,000 per annum

Project summary

This PhD project is part of a broader research programme investigating the applications of wearable assistive technologies to assist human movement activities. The project will employ innovative gait biomechanics, exoskeleton technology and machine learning to develop an intelligent exoskeleton technology to prevent falls-related injuries. The scientific outcomes will be advances in autonomous assisted movement control and a reliable, cost effective system for gait rehabilitation applications. 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 risk of hitting environmental obstacles during walking. Intelligent technologies that can monitor and predict risky movement patterns can then be used to synchronise assistive devices for safe locomotion.

Required discipline knowledge

  • Background in Biomechanics, Engineering or a related field.

Apply

  • Applications now open and closing 23 May 2021 midnight (AEST).
  • Applications are accepted for domestic PhD applicants only.
  • 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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