Revegetation technologies – physical, chemical and microbial properties of bauxite residue - PhD scholarship


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students, International students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Agriculture and Environment
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship
Scholarship value $32,000 per annum
Scholarship duration Three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances.
Opening date 3 September 2019
Closing date 29 November 2019

Scholarship description

This PhD project on aggregation in bauxite residue is part of a large multi-million dollar research programme being undertaken by Emirates Global Aluminium on new productive uses for bauxite residue. Production of manufactured soil products is one such use and this project focusses on the physical properties of such products in relation to their chemical and microbial properties. The project will focus on the nature of natural binding agents in residue and the strength and stability of aggregation. The influence of time and temperature, tillage and root growth through and around aggregates (and associated aggregation) will be investigated. The project will relate physical properties of aggregates to chemical and biological properties of the manufactured products.

The successful applicant will interact closely with staff working on the research area at St Lucia and with project managers in UAE.


To be eligible, you must meet the entry requirements for a higher degree by research.

Before you apply

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How to apply

To apply for admission and scholarship, follow the link on the upper right of this page. There is no separate application for scholarship because you will have the opportunity to request scholarship consideration on the application for admission.

Prior to applying, check your eligibility and prepare your documentation.

You should also contact Professor Richard Haynes ( or Dr Ya-Feng Zhou ( to discuss your suitability for this scholarship prior to submitting an application.

Please ensure that you

  1. select 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'
  2. enter in the free-text field ‘baux'
  3. list the enrolling unit as the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
  4. enter Professor Neil Menzies (HOS) as your supervisor

Selection criteria

Applicants will have a First Class Honours degree or equivalent. Basic expertise and experience is required in one or more of the following areas: soil science, environmental science, biology, chemistry, chemical engineering or related discipline.

An interest in rehabilitation/revegetation of mine spoils, soil science or environmental science is highly desirable as well as hands-on operational experience.

The successful applicant will be highly competent in the laboratory and capable of working independently within a team.

Strong academic performance demonstrated through publication output in peer reviewed journals is highly desirable.


Professor Richard Haynes
+61 7 3346 7663 or 0448 501 352

Terms and conditions

Read the policy on UQ Research Scholarships.

A domestic part-time student with carer’s responsibilities, a medical condition or a disability, which prevents them from studying full time may be eligible for scholarship consideration, on a case by case basis.