Specialist research scholarships

Flow Ecology of Floodplain Rivers and Wetlands Research Scholarship

The Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre (MDFRC) in association with The Murray-Darling Basin Authority (on behalf of the partner governments) is committed to the generation and adoption of freshwater ecological knowledge to inform decision making.

The MDFRC and MDBA Collaboration Partnership (MMCP) invites applications for "top-up" scholarships to support candidates undertaking research on the ecology and biogeochemistry of floodplain rivers and wetlands. Research themes that are considered within scope for consideration include:

  • Plant ecology
  • Floodplain fish ecology
  • Food web ecology
  • Invasive aquatic species

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Economics of Autism Research Scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding applicant who is interested in evaluating services designed to improve the lives of children with autism.

Working across both the Department of Public Health and the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC), the successful applicant will join a team of researchers investigating a range of services designed to improve the health and well-being of children with autism. The program of work comprising this research is built around an economic evaluation of alternative ways of supporting children in early childhood settings. The thesis could also include an assessment of the costs of different service delivery options, evaluation of the burden falling on families, and a review of outcome measures suitable for economic evaluation in this area.

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Biosecurity Graduate Research Scholarships

Two prestigious scholarships, established by the Victorian Government, will be awarded to outstanding applicants who are interested in:

Entomology - Use of genomic tools to improve molecular diagnostics and surveillance of Queensland fruit fly. Queensland fruit fly is one of Australia’s most significant pests. This project will use recent advances in molecular screening, highthroughput DNA sequencing, to examine adaptation and improve monitoring and detection and of fruit flies in Victoria, or

Plant Pathology - molecular characterisation of powdery mildew pathogens to support market access for Victorian horticultural produce into Asian markets. The powdery mildew pathogens are one of the most important groups of fungal plant pathogens, costing horticultural industries millions of dollars annually to control. This project will use recent advances in genome sequencing to reexamine the taxonomy of Australian powdery mildew specimens held in Reference Collections such as VPRI to provide scientific support for market access and biosecurity decision making.

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DairyBio Graduate Researcher Scholarships

These prestigious scholarships, established by DairyBio, will be awarded to outstanding applicants who are interested in best practise research training in bioinformatics, computational biology, systems biology, engineering, genomics, phenomics, metabolomics, animal nutrition, agronomy or quantitative genetics.

Applicants should have a high level of achievement, including a first class honours degree or equivalent.

Your project will address economic, environmental or technological challenges that have significance for the long-term future of the Australian Dairy Industry.

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China Studies Research Centre Scholarship

The China Studies Research Centre at La Trobe University is seeking Expressions of Interest from potential applicants for one of a number of three-year doctoral scholarships for research in the fields of Chinese philosophy or Chinese intellectual history. The Centre was established to foster China-related research across the University, to strengthen research links with China, and to promote La Trobe’s research reputation and expertise.

Successful scholarship applicants will be involved in the intellectual life of the Centre and receive research training through being involved in major international research projects led by Professor John Makeham.

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La Trobe University and Lowitja Institute Indigenous Postgraduate Research Scholarship

These prestigious scholarships, supported by La Trobe University in partnership with the Lowitja Institute, will enable an outstanding Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander candidate to undertake a PhD or Master’s by research degree at La Trobe University.

Applicants must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and have a high level of academic achievement, including a knowledge of Indigenous knowledge systems.

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Robin Clark Berry Street Take Two Research Scholarship

Doctoral research scholarship awarded to an outstanding candidate to undertake research aimed at furthering the evidence base regarding child complex trauma.

This prestigious scholarship, established by Berry Street's Take Two Program which is in partnership with La Trobe University, Mindful Centre for Training and Research in Developmental Health and Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA). The scholarship is dedicated to the memory of  Robin Dennis Clark (1936–2001), a visionary and leader who has greatly influenced current practice in Victorian child, youth and family services. Take Two is a Statewide developmental therapeutic program for children and young people in the Child Protection system. Take Two works intensively with the distressed child or young person, their family, carer and other services, to help them recover from the trauma of child abuse, neglect and violence.

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ARC Rivers of Gold Research Scholarship

The ARC Rivers of Gold project is a 4 year study directed towards understanding the human and environmental legacy of gold mining activities in Victoria in the 1800s.

This ARC Discovery project is a collaboration between two departments at La Trobe University (Archaeology; Ecology, Environment and Evolution), the Department of Resource Management and Geography at University of Melbourne, and the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at the University of Aberystwyth (UK). The overall aim of the project is to understand the effects of gold mining practices in Victoria in the 1800s on the geomorphology of the affected river valleys, and the distribution of contaminants (e.g. mercury and arsenic) arising from these activities.

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