Scholarship details

Study levels

Postgraduate and Research

Student type

Future students, Current students and Past students

Study area

Science, technology and engineering and mathematics

Application dates

Applications open
4 May 2021
Applications close
31 May 2021

What you'll receive

  • Three-year PhD scholarship (with possible extension) starting 1 July 2021 to develop hydrochar and biochar composites for sustainable farming.
  • Annual stipend of $28,597 (tax-free)


  • Open to applicants with Honours or Masters degree in a scientific discipline
  • Applicants must be based in Australia

How to apply

Interested applicants should email a CV and short (less than one page) statement highlighting their research background and interests in this field, to Professor William Doherty.

What happens next?

EOIs will be reviewed by the supervisory team. An informal interview may be requested of short-listed candidates.

About the scholarship

The Centre for Agriculture and the Bioeconomy (CAB) is offering a PhD scholarship opportunity as part of a new research initiative to promote sustainability in regional food production.

The successful candidate will join the team developing new technologies for transforming organic residues from red meat processing into soil amendment products that can promote soil nutrients storage, improve plant growth and actively mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. These projects are guided by principles of the circular economy.

The PhD candidate will design and develop hydrochar and biochar composites to retain nitrogen and phosphorus, mitigate nitrous oxide emissions and influence basic soil properties. The candidate will be expected to contribute to the project design and implementation, and lead publications arising from the work.

Training will be provided in cutting-edge analytical techniques including BET, XRD, 2D NMR techniques of 1H-C13 cross-polarisation, magic angle spinning and dipolar dephasing, Raman, SEM, TEM and XPS.

The candidate will be based in CAB at QUT in Brisbane, Australia. QUT is globally recognised as a leader in biomass processing research, and received the highest rank of 5.0 in this discipline in the most recent national research excellence assessment.

Contact us

Centre for Agriculture and the Bioeconomy

3138 1655

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