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.

PhD scholarships – two positions available

Research fields
  • Main focus of research is chytridiomycosis and amphibian declines
  • Functional genetics (host and pathogen)
  • Genome-wide association study
  • Synthetic biology (host and pathogen)
  • Transcriptomics
  • First-class Honours or Master’s by research (1 year full-time)
  • Must be living in Australia
  • Interest in amphibian conservation
  • Molecular biological, microbiological, bioinformatics, or biomedical research experience
  • Preferred applicant will have experience in genomics, quantitative genetics, conservation genetics, disease ecology, HPC computing, and/or animal husbandry are an advantage

More information: position description [PDF]
Contact: email Dr Tiffany Kosch
Deadline: 31 March 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.

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

Contact: email Professor Robin B. Gasser and colleagues

PhD scholarship

Remote sensing of biotic stress with hyperspectral-fluorescence imaging, ARC Discovery Project
  • Expertise in remote sensing, imaging spectroscopy, plant physiology / agronomy, data analysis and programming

Contact: Email Prof. Pablo J. Zarco-Tejada
Deadline: 30 April 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

Contact: Email Paola K. Vaz
Deadline: April 2022

Masters project (Major/Minor) or Honours

Detection of early indicators of disease in pigs using camera (RGB and infrared) technology
Research fields
  • As part of a Masters course in agriculture or related field
  • An interest in remote sensing, image processing and data analysis

Contact: Email  Ellen Jongman
Deadline: 30 June 2022