PhD Scholarships

At the Future Industries Institute we offer a research environment with highly experienced and engaged supervisors, extensive connections to industry, government and communities, and a focus on addressing globally significant issues. You can undertake research in a variety of ways – through a PhD, Masters by Research, or a Professional Doctorate. UniSA is committed to ensuring that research degree candidates experience excellent and contemporary research training and that they graduate with a skill set that improves their employment prospects.

We encourage you to connect with our researchers and explore the possibilities for continuing your pathway into research. Below are details of Scholarships currently available.

PRIF-RCP Scholarship

There are four PhD Scholarships available, working on the PRIF-RCP Unclocking Complex Resouces Through Lean Processing project, funded by the South Australia Premier's Research and Industry Fund.

The Premier’s Research and Industry Fund (PRIF), aims to support South Australia’s research community to compete successfully on a national and global scale. At the Future Industries Institute we believe rresearch and development activity is critical to jobs growth and the emergence of new industries and enterprises in South Australia.

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Principal Supervisor: Dr Marta Krasowska

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If you have further questions on a specific project please contact the Principal Supervisor.


Research Themes PhD Scholarships

The University of South Australia is excited to offer thematically-based scholarships which will not only address local, national and international grand challenges they will also ensure that students work across traditional boundaries within the unviersity and externally with industry and community partners.

Project Title: Antimicrobial resistance burden in migratory and resident bird species in the northern Adelaide coastal zone

Antimicrobial resistance is designated by the World Health Organisation as a global health emergency and it isn’t only a problem for humans. Multidrug resistant pathogens also infect wildlife, livestock, and companion animals, and can be transmitted between different species. The burden of these infections adds an additional challenge to wildlife conservation efforts worldwide.

A scholarship opportunity exists for a PhD student to undertake research into the microbiome and resistance profiles of resident and migratory bird species in the northern Adelaide coastal zone. The Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary National Park provides a key feeding and roosting site for tens of thousands of birds who migrate annually along the East-Asian Australasian flyway. Data will be collected to investigate correlations between local habitat and water quality and bird health. The role of birds in harboring and transporting antimicrobial resistant bacteria and genes to/from natural wetlands and human impacted habitats such as wastewater treatment lagoons will also be assessed. The project will have close links with SA Water and SA EPA.

UniSA is committed to research that aligns with society’s grand challenges by coordinating research across traditional boundaries into a thematic approach. The research aligns closely with UniSA’s research theme of 'Healthy Futures', supporting research to create a sustainable and healthier country for all Australians by addressing some of the nation’s most pressing challenges.


$27,596 per year for 3 years


Open to Australian and NZ citizens and permanent residents of Australia. Eligibility criteria for all PhDs can be found here.

How to apply

Contact Erica Donner in the first instance, and then Apply Online:


Phone: (08) 8302 3624


Research Scholarship for SEAM Training Centre

About this scholarship

A post-graduate scholarship is available to study with the newly launched training centre in Surface Engineering for Advanced Materials (SEAM). The project will investigate the development of laser clad and 3D printed coatings, or other potential application technologies, for large pipeline infrastructure. The coatings will be designed to resist microbially induced corrosion. The project will include coating design, investigation of process parameters, measurement of properties as well as the study of interface behaviour by advanced electron microscopy. Applications from students wishing to study a Masters or PhD degree are welcomed, and researchers with a background in either Science or Engineering are encouraged to apply.

Other opportunities within the Institute in fields such as flexible electronics and nano-structured coatings are available for the right candidate and enquiries from prospective students are welcomed.


$32,304 per year for 3.5 years


This scholarship is open to Australian and NZ citizens, and permanent residents of Australia.

Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements for a research degree program at the University of South Australia.

How to apply and closing date

Application closing date: 30 June 2020

In the first instance, submit your application to Following the initial endorsement by the relevant supervisor, you will be required to go through the UniSA online application process.

Phone: 08 8302 3631

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