PhD scholarships


The Australia-China Joint Research Centre (ACJRC) “Healthy Soils for Sustainable Food Production and Environmental Quality” is a joint initiative between a number of Australian and Chinese Universities. This initiative, led by The University of Melbourne, works across four major themes:

  1. Synchronisation of nutrients and water resources
  2. Agricultural waste management (including composting)
  3. Soil processes and remediation
  4. Supply chain and food credentials.

ACJRC offers three-year postgraduate research operating scholarships for students undertaking PhD studies at the University of Melbourne. Applications can be submitted at any time; they will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Successful applicants is supervised by the staff from the University of Melbourne. Project proposals should be relevant to ACJRC research themes facing the Australia and China agriculture.

Benefits & conditions

ACJRC will provide the student’s total research operating support up to $AU10,000 for full time PhD candidates.

Receipt of the ACJRC operating scholarship will be conditional upon the successful applicants receiving an offer of PhD candidature and matching funding from the University of Melbourne.

Successful applicants must be based at a University of Melbourne campus. Ongoing receipt of the operating scholarship in years two and three of the candidature will be contingent upon the student making satisfactory progress in their PhD, according to the University’s Academic Progress Policy.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must have completed tertiary studies in a relevant discipline that are equivalent to a 4-year honours degree at an Australian university with a minimum overall result of H1 (80–100 per cent) or H2A (75– 79 per cent). Applicants normally need to have completed a research project as part of their tertiary studies that accounts for at least 25 per cent of their year's work at fourthyear or Masters level.

Applicants must have applied for entry to a graduate research degree (PhD or Masters by research) at the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, the University of Melbourne.

Existing PhD students of University of Melbourne are eligible to apply, but must demonstrate satisfactory progress in their studies to date.

Application process

Applicants should submit the following:

  • CV
  • a page outline of the proposed research project, how it meets the Centre objectives and its expected output/ deliverable(s)
  • details of arrangement for exchange with China partner institute. Successful candidates are required to visit and conduct part of research project with a China partner institute of the Centre. This should be discussed with supervisors and/or Centre Manager prior to the application.
  • details of the budget for the funding sought from the Centre, and
  • letter of support from a supervisor from the University of Melbourne

This application will be assessed by the ACJRC Research Committee.

Please submit the application as a single PDF document to:

Dr Ee Ling Ng
Centre Manager

For candidature and additional funding from the University, applicants should submit the University’s ‘Application for Admission to Graduate Research Degree Candidature and Scholarship’ form and all required supporting documentation either in person for via post to:

Graduate Research Degree Admissions, John Smyth Building, Swanston St The University of Melbourne
Parkville, Victoria 3010

Visit to download the application form. This application will be assessed by the Melbourne Scholarships Office.

Closing date and timelines

Applications can be submitted at any time; they will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and funds awarded as available. To discuss the timing of your application, please contact the ACJRC team.

Further information

If you require further information about the scholarship or developing a project proposal, please contact:

Professor Deli Chen

Head, Crop and Soil Section and China Director, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences International Collaborative Research Advisor, Soil, Water, Nutrients and Greenhouse Gases 
Phone: +61 3 8344 8148