Graduate research in veterinary and agricultural sciences

Graduate research in veterinary and agricultural sciences will give you the skills and expertise to solve global challenges in animal health, sustainable agricultural practice and food security. Find out more about our graduate research options and how you can get started.

Research with FVAS

As a graduate researcher in the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, you’ll:

  • Learn from inspiring supervisors
  • Be part of exciting research projects
  • Gain access to cutting-edge facilities
  • Build strong peer relationships
  • Enjoy an experience like no other.

We’ll also support your journey with scholarships that recognise your talent and allow you to pursue your passion. Read on to find out more.

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I learned many practical applications of scientific theory by doing this major research project, and it also helped me to broaden my network with other professionals in the Australian agriculture industry. Sineka Munidasa, Master of Agricultural Sciences – Read Sineka's story

Graduate research scholarships

At FVAS, we don't offer a graduate research opportunity without making sure you'll have the financial support to take it.

All our scholarships include

  • Over 40 scholarships to undertake PhD or Masters by Research programs, valued at $34,400 per annum
  • Some of these scholarships will be joint projects with Agriculture Victoria Research and may be based within their excellent research facilities
  • Fee waivers for approved international candidates and Research Training Program (RTP) fees offset for all domestic students
  • 5 top-up scholarships, valued at $10,000 per annum, for outstanding domestic and international students
  • A Faculty-funded laptop and additional research project support valued at $3,000 per annum
  • Travel support to international conferences to present a research paper in years 2 and 3 of a PhD program

Getting started in graduate research

Step 1: Work out what you'd like to research

There are a wide-range of projects and teams for you to join across the Faculty – visit our research groups to explore the breadth and depth of research in our Faculty and learn about the projects and supervisors you could join.

Explore our research groups

Step 2: Confirm your eligibility

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.

Please also take a look at the specific entry requirements of our higher degrees, below.

Step 3: Get in touch with us to discuss your interest

Now that you know what you want to research and you know you're eligible for a graduate research degree, it's time to get in contact with us. There are two ways you can get started:

Submit an expression of interest

See available study areas

Apply for a research scholarship directly

Current opportunities

Available study areas

These are the areas we are currently offering research scholarships in. If you're interested in research in one of these areas, submit an expression of interest and we'll put you in contact with a potential supervisor.

  • Animal health
  • Animal welfare
  • Bone and muscle cell biology
  • Parasitology
  • Microbiology
  • Virology
  • Veterinary epidemiology
  • Genomics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Immunology and metabolism
  • Veterinary anatomic pathology
  • Agricultural and urban waste management
  • Analytics, modelling and technology for sustainable intensification
  • Animal production
  • Digital agriculture
  • Food and wine
  • Food chemistry and microbiology
  • Greenhouse gases and climate change
  • Soil science
  • Remote sensing and precision agriculture
  • Dairy science
  • Crop science
  • Horticulture
  • Nutrient management
  • Smart fertilisers
  • Protein foods
  • Rural innovation
  • Sustainable agricultural production
  • Agricultural economics
  • Plant pathology
  • Soil-plant microbiomes

More information about expressions of interest

  • Why should I submit an expression 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.

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

  • What information will I need to give you?

    Whether you're submitting and expression of interest or contacting a potential supervisor directly, you will need to provide the following information:

    Please also provide us with the following supporting documents:

    • Your CV (mandatory)
    • Your academic transcript (mandatory)
    • Any supporting documentation (eg publications, abstract of Masters thesis) as a single file.

Current scholarship opportunities

These research projects have scholarships available and are looking for graduate researchers to join them. Click one to find out more and access contact information.