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

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We have a number of scholarships available to support your journey, recognise your talent and allow you to pursue your passion.

See below for a list of current PhD scholarship opportunities or Download the Graduate Research Scholarships brochure (PDF 2.5 MB)

PhD project

Virally-vectored feline immunocontraceptives for the humane management of cat populations

Research fields

  • Laboratory virology
  • Molecular biology
  • Vaccine studies
  • Conservation and biodiversity

Eligibility criteria

  • BSc Honours degree (H1 or H2a) or equivalent
  • BVSc, DVM, MSc or equivalent


Email Prof Joanne Devlin and colleagues


10 September 2022

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.

Eligibility criteria

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


Email Professor Robin B. Gasser and colleagues

PhD Project

Interactions between the human gut microbiome and food matrices on metabolite formation and a person’s health outcomes.

  • This PhD project is part of CSIROs ‘Microbiomes for One Systems Health’ (MOSH) Future Science Platform.
  • The successful candidate will be based in the CSIRO Werribee laboratory, with travel to the CSIRO St Lucia laboratory for some experiments.
  • The project will examine:
    • The influence of microbiome ecology and diversity on the breakdown kinetics and metabolite formation for defined food structures.
    • The influence of microbial function and metabolite formation on human health outcomes using cell-line models.
    • The influence of processing and/or probiotic bacteria containing foods on microbiome dynamics and function.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants should have graduated (or soon to be graduating) with an honours or Masters degree in a relevant science-based discipline. This project is open to national and international applicants.


Email Senaka Ranadheera (University of Melbourne) or Amy Logan (CSIRO)


31 July 2022

Two PhD Projects

Control of ticks and tick-borne pathogens using anti-tick microbial vaccines

In order to develop alternate control strategies for ticks of global health significance using interdisciplinary and complementary expertise available in Australian and German laboratories, these projects aim to characterise the microbiota of multiple tick species of medical and veterinary relevance with the aim of developing vaccines that manipulate tick microbiota to control ticks and/or the transmission of tick-borne pathogens.

More information is available on the Research Hub.

Eligibility criteria

  • A Bachelor of Honours or Master’s degree, qualifying for PhD studies, in zoology, biology, biotechnology or veterinary medicine/animal science
  • Demonstrated experience in the field of parasitology, genetics and/or genomics
  • Demonstrated ability to write research reports or other publications to a publishable standard (even if not published to date)
  • Highly proficient in spoken and written English


Email Prof Abdul Jabbar (University of Melbourne) or Prof Ard Nijhof (Freie Universität Berlin)


31 August 2022

PhD Project

Understanding how viral and bacterial pathogens interact during co-infection of their avian and mammalian hosts.

Research fields

  • Viral-bacterial co-infection dynamics
  • Host-pathogen interactions within 2D, 3D and in vivo biological systems
  • Transcriptomics and metabolomic in viral and bacterial infection models
  • Animal coinfection models and vaccine delivery


  • BSc Honours degree (H1 or H2a) or equivalent, BVSc, DVM, MSc or equivalent.


Email: Dr. Paola K. Vaz

PhD Project

NorVicFoods is offering either full stipends or scholarship top-ups for PhD students with projects that are designed around agriculture and food innovation that can be applied in the Hume region of Victoria, Australia.

Please see the attached document for guidelines and selection criteria.

More information (PDF 187.9 KB)