Graduate Research

If you are passionate about adding to the quality and quantity of knowledge in your field, join us and contribute to life-changing research.

We are dedicated to the advancement of societal, animal and environmental well-being through cross-disciplinary and collaborative research spanning food production and security, animal health and welfare, veterinary public health and zoonoses, rural resilience, agricultural economics, climate change and water and land management.

Follow your passion

There are a wide-range of projects and teams for you to join across the faculty – to improve the outcome of your research application, we strongly recommend you make yourself familiar with the research teams and projects in our faculty before making your application.

You can explore the breadth and depth of research in our faculty and discover projects and supervisors via our Research Groups page.


To be eligible for a research higher degree, applicants must have a four-year honours degree, or equivalent, with a minimum overall average of 75%.

Applicants who do not have a four-year honours degree must demonstrate they have conducted a research project equivalent to 25% of a year's full-time study at fourth-year, or masters, level.

How to apply

Applications for candidature are open on a rolling basis. There are three rounds for scholarship applications and the deadlines are 31 October (for commencement the following year), 30 April and 31 July (for commencement in the same calendar year).

If you are interested in applying for a graduate research degree please submit an expression of interest form so we can contact potential supervisors on your behalf. Please do not contact supervisors directly.

Expressions of interest

Submitting the expression of interest form does not take the place of a formal application. It is required to help establish whether you are eligible to apply for a Research Higher Degree with the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences.

You will need to provide the following information on the expression of interest form:

Once you've completed and confirmed these sections you will be asked to upload the following information:

  • your CV (mandatory),
  • your academic transcript (mandatory),
  • any supporting documentation (e.g., publications, abstract of Masters thesis) as a single file.

Upon completion you will receive an email detailing your application which will act as a receipt of application.

Submit your expression of interest

Please note - an expression of interest is not required if you already have the support of a prospective supervisor.

Current scholarship opportunities

See below for a list of current PhD scholarship opportunities.

10 PhD Scholarships

All research fields in the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences (FVAS)

  • First-class Honours, Masters by research (1 year full-time) or equivalent
  • An excellent academic record
  • Peer-reviewed publications are beneficial.

Open to domestic and international students currently in Australia who can start before 31 December 2021.

Contact: email FVAS Graduate Research
Deadline: 31 October 2021

PhD Scholarships

Research fields
  • Parasite genomics or genomic dark matter
  • Anti-parasite drug discovery
  • Development and application of genomic and bioinformatic methods to identify and explore crucial biological pathways in socio-economically important parasites
  • Parasite proteomics or lipidomics
  • Host-parasite interactions at the molecular level
  • Machine learning (ML)-based identification of intervention targets in parasites
  • Functional genomics in parasites
  • In vitro cultivation of parasites
  • Waterborne zoonotic parasites
  • Molecular diagnosis of parasitic infections/diseases.

  • High calibre BSc (H1 or H2a), BSc, BVSc, DVM, MSc or equivalent.

Contact: email Professor Robin B. Gasser and colleagues

PhD scholarship

Understanding food fermentation on the biotransformation of polyphenols

  • Honours or Master degree in food science, microbiology or related field
  • Ideally, a scientific publication track record.

Contact: email A/Prof. Zhongxiang Fang
Deadline: 31 December 2021

PhD project

Control of coccidiosis in goats/ parasitology, epidemiology, diagnosis, bioinformatics, immunology

  • University Degree in veterinary, science or related field
  • Meet the requirements for PhD offer at the University of Melbourne.

Contact: email Professor Abdul Jabbar
Deadline: 31 October 2021

PhD project

Control of parasites in horses / parasitology, epidemiology, diagnosis, bioinformatics, immunology

  • University Degree in veterinary, science or related field
  • Meet the requirements for PhD offer at the University of Melbourne.

Contact: email Professor Abdul Jabbar
Deadline: 31 October 2021

PhD project

Development of sheep model for Mycoplasma bovis mastitis infection and investigation of host responses to infection and vaccination

  • University degree in veterinary, animal science or related field
  • A first class Honours or second class Honours with Masters (1 year full time) in a related field.

Contact: email Dr Nadeeka Wawegama
Deadline: 1 November 2021

PhD project

Improving the design of 3D printed titanium mesh implants for reconstructive surgery

  • University Degree in biology, animal science, biomedicine, engineering or related field

Contact: email Dr Reza Sanaei and Dr Charles Page
Deadline: 1 November 2021

PhD project

Influences / differences between organic and non-organic fresh food products on probiotics and the gut microbiome using in vitro and advanced molecular technologies.

  • Bachelor including / plus Honours or Master’s Degree in food science, microbiology, agriculture, veterinary, biosciences or related field
  • Peer reviewed scientific publication track record would be beneficial.

Contact: email Dr Senaka Ranadheera or Mr Simon Gardner Lee
Deadline: 30 October 2021