The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s leading teaching and research universities. For more than a century. The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s leading teaching and research universities.

The project continues on from our successful research that advances the circular nutrient economy and convert unavoidable organic wastes into valuable resources for agriculture. The focus is on FOGO (food organics, green/garden organics) with SCF made and tested with target crops for conventional and alternative (regenerative, organic) farming systems.

Close collaboration with the Australian Organics Recycling Association, three state governments and a compost producer underpins this research and development.The PhD candidate will work across lab to field scale across different levels of experimental control to advance the next-generation fertilisers and soil ameliorants.

Preferred educational background

Your application will be assessed on a competitive basis.We take into account your:

  • previous academic record
  • publication record
  • honours and awards
  • employment history

A working knowledge of agronomy, crop science, plant nutrition and soil science would be of benefit to someone working on this project.You will demonstrate academic achievement in the field/s of agriculture and the potential for scholastic success.A background or knowledge of sustainable agriculture, sustainable cropping and agri-food experience within interdisciplinary teams is highly desirable.


This project is supported by the Research project scholarship.This scholarship includes:

  • living stipend of $32,192 per annum (2023 rate), indexed annually
  • tuition fees covered
  • single overseas student health cover (OSHC) for international students.

Associate supervisor

Dr Nicole RobinsonSchool of Agriculture and Food Sustainability. You must contact the principal supervisor for this project to discuss your interest. You should only complete the online application after you have reached agreement on supervision.

How to apply:

Before you apply

Before submitting an application you should:

  1. check your eligibility for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  2. prepare your documentation
  3. contact Professor Susanne Schmidt ( to discuss your interest and suitability
  4. submit your application by 14 August, 2023.

When you apply

You apply for this scholarship when you submit an application for your program. You don’t need to submit a separate scholarship application.In your application ensure that under the ‘Scholarships and collaborative study’ section you select:

  • ‘My higher degree is not collaborative’
  • ‘I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship’
  • ‘Other’, then ‘Research Project Scholarship’ and in the ‘Name of scholarship’ field enter AGRONOMIC-SCHMIDT.

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