PhD and MPhil scholarships: Biosolids at ACWEB


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students, International students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Agriculture and Environment, Engineering and Computing
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship, Top-up Scholarship, Tuition Scholarship
Scholarship value $28,854 per annum (2022 rate), indexed annually. A top-up of $5,000 per annum is also available.
Scholarship duration 3.5 years with the possibility of 1 extension in line with UQ and RTP Scholarship Policy
Opening date 17 September 2021
Closing date 4 October 2021


Supervisor - Professor Damien Batstone

Three PhD / MPhil positions are available within the Australian Centre for Water and Environmental Biotechnology (ACWEB) and within ARC Training Centre for the Transformation of Australia’s Biosolids Resource.
The research programme can be accessed on the Biosolids TC website above, and the projects are within Theme 1: Improving technologies, and Theme 2: Enhancing product applications. 

All projects involve collaboration with University Partners RMIT (Melbourne), UWA (Perth), and UNSW (Sydney). They include industrial placements with centre partners across Australia.

These positions focus on the following aspects, primarily collaborating with RMIT:

  1. Identification of the nature and impact of non-degradable organic material in biosolids treatment trains (Project 1A) 
  2. Biological conversion of byproducts from thermal and hydrothermal treatment of biosolids  (Project 1B)
  3. Industrial utilisation of biochar and hydrochar from thermal transformation of biosolids (Project 1C)

The first project is PhD only, and while MPhil projects can be configured for 1B and 1C, PhD projects are preferred.

Research environment

The Australian Centre for Water and Environmental Biotechnology (ACWEB) is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in innovative water technology and management. The Centre has an outstanding worldwide reputation in urban water management and related fields, and an award-winning multidisciplinary team delivers practical technological solutions underpinned by fundamental scientific discoveries. 

The ARC Training Centre for the Transformation of Australia’s Biosolids Resource aims to bring together Australia’s leading biosolid researchers and key industry and government stakeholders to advance the management, transformation, and reuse of biosolids in agriculture. pre-treatment, treatment and disinfection requirements.

The successful candidate will join ACWEB and the ARC’s Industrial Transformation Training Centres (ITTC) program. The candidate should have background in civil, chemical or environmental engineering, or environmental biotechnology, a demonstrated aptitude for undertaking laboratory/field work, have excellent communication skills and will be expected to interact regularly with industry partners.  The position includes a structured training programme, including placements with industry partners. Senior academic and project-dedicated postdoctoral support teams are available to guide students through their higher degree programme.


To be eligible, you must meet the entry requirements for a PhD or an MPhil.

This scholarship is open to Australian citizens, permanent residents and International students who are currently in Australia at the time of application and commencement.

Applications are closed.

Before you get started

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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.

Before submitting an application you should:

When you apply, please ensure that under the scholarships and collaborative study section you:

  1. Select ‘My higher degree is not collaborative’
  2. Select 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'.
  3. Select ‘Other’, then ‘Research Project Scholarship’ and type in ‘BIOSOLIDS-BATSTONEin the 'Name of scholarship' field.

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Selection criteria

Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant’s previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field/s of chemical engineering, environmental engineering, biotechnology, or agricultural engineering and the potential for scholastic success.

Applications are closed.


Professor Damien Batstone
+61 7 3346 9051
Applications are closed.

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.

Applications are closed.