ARC Research Hub for Medicinal Agriculture Graduate Research Scholarships

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Location: Melbourne, VICTORIA
Deadline: 30 Oct 2020



Per annum, for three and a half years. Fee relief additional.

Who is it for?

Future graduate researchers, Future PhD candidates, Graduate researchers

Where is it available?

Bundoora, Melbourne

How is it paid?

Fortnightly stipend

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The ARC MedAg Hub is offering PhD Research Scholarships for outstanding, high achieving and motivated candidates to undertake research aimed at improving the profitability and sustainability of medicinal agriculture for primary producers and adding value for pharmaceutical manufacturers and end-users. Applicants should have an interest in subjects related to medicinal agriculture or plant biology, such as; breeding, genetics, high-throughput imaging and phenomics, genome regulation, metabolomics, integrative ‘omic analysis, biochemistry, secondary/specialized metabolism

This Scholarship is available to Australian or New Zealand citizens or Australian Permanent Residents only.

About the ARC Research Hub for Medicinal Agriculture (ARC MedAg Hub)

The ARC MedAg Hub works to apply knowledge and leading-edge innovation by transforming high quality, plant-derived therapeutics production into an integrated industry spanning primary producers and manufacturers. The ARC MedAg Hub is a multidisciplinary collaboration conducting pre-clinical research in medicinal agriculture amongst researchers at La Trobe University, The University of Melbourne, Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute, in collaboration with funding agency the Australian Research Council and leading industry partners Cann Group Limited, Hexima, Photon Systems Instruments, SensaData, UTT BioPharma, Bio Platforms Australia and Palo Alto Research Center Inc. The ARC MedAg Hub recognises the importance of investing in education and training that prepares graduates for a range of careers in industry, from both the perspective of students and employers.

About the Projects

The following is a list of available PhD Scholarships projects. Please visit the ARC MedAg Hub website for further information on each project.

  • Cannabis flowering.
  • Structural genomics of cannabis enzymes.
  • A multi-omics atlas of cannabis tissues.
  • Is transcriptional regulation of specialized metabolism conserved across diverse species?
  • Manipulation of cannabinoid production in cannabis.
  • Development of solvent extraction technologies for the selective extraction of cannabinoids and terpenes.
  • Healthy plants for human health: tackling plant disease in medicinal cannabis production.
  • Prediction and evaluation of plant traits through the application of machine learning algorithms on hyperspectral phenomics imaging data.
  • Micro-climate modelling of in-door growing conditions of medicinal crops using sensor fusion.
  • Benefits of the Scholarship include:

    • a La Trobe Research Scholarship for three and a half years, with a value of $28,092.00 per annum, to support your living costs (2020 rate)
    • a fee-relief scholarship for up to four years to undertake a PhD at La Trobe University
    • opportunities to work with La Trobe’s outstanding researchers, and have access to our suite of professional development programs.
    • opportunity to be involved in an innovative industry transformation hub involving industry partners

    Are you eligible to apply?

    To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, applicants must have:

    In selecting successful applicants, we prioritise applications from candidates who:

    • will be enrolled full-time and undertaking their research at a La Trobe University campus
    • have completed a Masters by Research or other significant body of research, such as:
    • an honours research thesis, or
    • lead authorship of a peer-reviewed publication, assessed at a La Trobe Masters by research standard of 75 or above
    • are Australian or New Zealand citizens or Australian permanent resident

    How to apply

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    If you wish to apply for an ARC MedAg Hub PhD Scholarship, follow these steps:

    • Contact the ARC MedAg Hub at for any further details about the projects and your suitability.
    • When you received in-principle agreement for supervision, complete and submit your application to the La Trobe Graduate Research School by 31 October 2020 for admission into La Trobe’s PhD program, indicating for which ARC MedAg Hub PhD Scholarship program you wish to be considered.
    • The University will carefully review your application and consider you for these scholarships.
    • It is anticipated that the successful applicants will commence candidature in Semester 1, 2021.


    • Open to Australian and New Zealand Citizens / Australian Permanent Residents only.
    • While you may express interest in being considered for multiple projects, only one scholarship will be awarded.
    • Potential candidates may be required to be interviewed as part of the application process.
    • Due to the nature of the research involved, confidential and security criteria will need to be agreed to before offers can be secured.

    DUE DATE: 31st October 2020

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