Specialist research scholarships

Embryo Development and Craniofacial Defects Research Scholarship

A Ph.D. scholarship offered to an exceptional student, to investigate genetic mechanisms which underpin vertebrate birth defects, with a particular focus on craniofacial defects such as cleft palate.

This scholarship will be offered to an independent, proactive, forward thinking and enthusiastic candidate, who wishes to forge an independent career in science.

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

As an applicant you should have an interest in developmental genetics and understanding the processes which govern embryo formation, as well as a keen interest and aptitude in biochemistry and molecular genetics. Your project will address biological and cellular behaviours which regulate how the vertebrate embryos forms, using the mouse, and zebrafish as genetic developmental models.

Benefits of the scholarship

Benefits of the scholarship include:

  • a La Trobe Research Scholarship for three years, with a value of $26,288 per annum, to support your living costs [2016 rate]
  • a fee-relief scholarship (LTUFFRS) for four years to undertake a PhD at La Trobe University (international applicants only)
  • opportunities for authorship on high impact scientific manuscripts.
  • opportunities to attend national and international conferences
  • opportunities to work with La Trobe’s outstanding researchers, and have access to our suite of professional development programs

How to apply

  • Review how to apply for a graduate research scholarship at: http://www.latrobe.edu.au/research/future/apply
  • Contact Dr. Seb Dworkin by email at s.dworkin@latrobe.edu.au, with a full CV, academic transcript, and a cover letter outlining why you would like to be considered for this scholarship.
  • Dr. Dworkin, and the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Microbiology will carefully review your application and consider you for this Scholarship.
  • The successful applicant who receives in-principle agreement for supervision, will then submit a complete PhD application to the La Trobe Graduate Research School, attaching a copy of the agreement to Admissions.grs@latrobe.edu.au

Closing date - Applications close 1 April 2017, unless filled sooner. You will be advised of an outcome by 30th April, 2017.

Contact us - If you require further information, please contact: s.dworkin@latrobe.edu.au or the La Trobe University Graduate Research School: grs@latrobe.edu.au

La Trobe University PhD Scholarship to Investigate Relationships Between Social Media Use and Body Image and Well-Being in Adolescents

La Trobe University will award a PhD Scholarship to an outstanding candidate to undertake research into relationships between social media use and body image and well-being in adolescents.

This scholarship will enable a postgraduate student with initiative and enthusiasm to explore this rapidly developing field.

Their research will be conducted in conjunction with an Australian Research Council Discovery Project awarded to Professor Susan Paxton, Associate Professor Rachel Rodgers and Dr Amy Slater that will examine the efficacy of a social media intervention to reduce the impact of social media use in adolescents.

This PhD student will become part of a vibrant and supportive research group within the School of Psychology and Public Health at La Trobe University but will also work closely with international leaders in the field.

Benefits of the scholarship

Benefits of the scholarship include:

  • A La Trobe PhD Scholarship for three years, with a value of $26,288 per annum (current 2016 rate), to support your living costs
  • A fee-relief scholarship (LTUFFRS) for four years to undertake a PhD at La Trobe University (international applicants only)
  • Opportunities to work with La Trobe’s outstanding researchers, and have access to our suite of professional development programs

How to apply

Applicants who have achieved a first class honours degree or equivalent are eligible to apply.

If you wish to apply for this PhD Scholarship, please follow these steps:

  • review how to apply for a graduate research scholarship at: http://www.latrobe.edu.au/research/future/apply
  • contact Professor Susan J Paxton to discuss this PhD opportunity;
  • submit an application prior to January 20th 2017 to Professor Paxton by email: susan.paxton@latrobe.edu.ua
  • the application should contain a cover letter explaining why this scholarship is of interest to you, a complete Academic Transcript, your CV including specific skills and experience aligning with this project area, and the contact information of two academic referees;
  • the successful applicant who receives in-principle agreement for supervision, will then submit a complete PhD application to the La Trobe Graduate Research School.


Closing date - Expressions of interest to Professor Paxton by 20th January. The successful applicant will then submit a PhD application to the La Trobe Graduate Research School.

Contact us - If you require further information, please contact Professor Susan J Paxton: susan.paxton@latrobe.edu.au

PhD Scholarship in Vision and Cognitive Neuroscience (Australian Research Council Funded Project)

This project aims to determine how we select actions to visual cues rapidly, unconsciously and automatically. Learning associations between visual stimuli and motor responses is part of normal development and continues throughout life. Rapid deployment of these actions is often critical for safety yet we have limited knowledge of how the human brain does this. This project will use visual psychophysics and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to characterise the neural architecture underlying these processes and determine how the dorsal and ventral streams of visual processing, specialised for motor control and recognition respectively, interact in vision-based actions as these actions become learned. Outcomes will provide new frameworks for driving improvement in any domain in which goal-directed actions depend on the rapid processing of visual information, including human-machine interfaces for defence, economic development, education, health, science and technology.

This project is funded by a research grant awarded to Dr. Philippe Chouinard, Prof. Sheila Crewther, and Prof. Melvyn Goodale (Western University, Canada) by the Australian Research Council (DP170103189).

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

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Industry PhD Scholarships in Big Data Predictive Maintenance

Two PhD Scholarships will be awarded to outstanding candidates to undertake research on predictive maintenance and big data management. This project provides a unique opportunity to use real-world data from a global manufacturing company.

Applicants should have a high level achievement, normally a first class honours degree or equivalent such as a good Masters degree or a degree with extensive research experiences in industry. Candidates with some experiences in the areas of data science, database management, data mining, machine learning, or engineering background in plant fault analysis and modelling, are encouraged to apply.

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La Trobe Alcohol Policy Research PhD Scholarship

The Centre for Alcohol Policy Research is looking for outstanding applicants who are interested in alcoholrelated research. This could be through the lens of public health, epidemiology, sociology, policy research, economics, media, criminology or psychology.

Applicants should have a high level of achievement, including a first class honours degree or equivalent. The degree could be in a range of relevant fields, particularly those listed above.

As an applicant you should have an interest in alcohol’s role in society. Your proposed project can be qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods. The Centre for Alcohol Policy Research consists of researchers from diverse academic backgrounds so a wide range of alcohol-related projects will be considered.

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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. Applications for this scholarship are still open.

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 re-examine 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. Applications for this scholarchip have been closed.

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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.

Applications for these scholarships are open on an ongoing basis.

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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.

Applications for this scholarship are still open.

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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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