Scholarships and awards are available for eligible HDR candidates at UOW. These scholarships include annual stipends, living allowances and tuition fee costs.

Scholarship information: Strengthening Food Systems for People and the Planet; A research opportunity exists for two suitable candidates to undertake PhD research studying food system change and opportunities to improve human and planetary health.

The global food system is failing to provide all people with healthy and sustainable diets. Food system challenges, such as malnutrition, inequitable food access and natural resource decline, are often managed separately with limited consideration of the economic, social and ecological connections.

In addition, high-level food system framings have had limited success in capturing the unique and diverse social-ecological characteristics that link people, planet and food. The research opportunity will involve critical interrogation of food system stewardship, transformation and change concepts, focussing on two themes:

the inclusion of cultural and social dimensions in food systems research; and analysis of dietary diversity in different contexts. Successful applicants will carry out field research related to understanding key contextual factors and how they influence food system outcomes.

Faculty: Faculty of Business and Law

Study area: Business, Marketing & Management; Law

Student type: Domestic students; International students

Student status: Current student; Future students

Scholarship Value: The scholarship includes a living stipend of AU$28,854 per annum tax free (2022 rate; indexed annually for the duration of the award). The recipient is required to have an Australian bank account in order to receive this stipend.

Duration: The duration of the award shall be for a period of 3 years, with a potential six month extension, starting by February 2024, and a tuition scholarship of 4 years.

Application process

Applicants wishing to be considered for this scholarship must:

  • Provide a CV and a cover letter (maximum of 1000 words) outlining (i) their research interests and experience, and (ii) a proposed research topic that aligns with the project scope.
  • Provide the names and contact details of at least two referees.

Eligibility requirements

The selection process for this award at the University of Wollongong considers the candidates’ academic merits, research experience and interests.

To be eligible for this scholarship the applicant must:

  • Have a Bachelor degree with Honours or Master’s degree with a substantial interdisciplinary research component in fields of social, health and/or natural sciences.
  • Have demonstrated experience with extended fieldwork conducting quantitative and/or qualitative methodologies, ideally experimenting with innovative research methods that are fun and engaging for participants.
  • Have a theoretical understanding of food and nutrition security, gender and social relations and how these influence people and the planet. 
  • Be able to provide evidence of publication or reports in written form.
  • Have demonstrated English language proficiency to meet the requirements for post-graduate courses at UOW (international students only).
  • Have experience working with Indigenous communities or development work in Asia-Pacific is desirable.
  • Have the ability to work in a multicultural, inclusive and equitable environment.

Application closing date: The first round of applications received by 11:59PM AEST on 28th April 2023 will be reviewed, and the PhD opportunity will remain open until filled thereafter. Applications should be submitted to Anna Farmery via email by the 28th April 2023 deadline to be considered in the first round.

Contact information
Dr. Anna Farmery

English Language Proficiency

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