PhD scholarship: Clay nanoparticle-facilitated RNAi for non-transgenic modification of crops


Enrolment status New students, Currently enrolled students
Student type International students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Agriculture and Environment, Engineering and Computing
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship
Scholarship value $28,092 per annum tax-free (2020 rate), indexed annually
Scholarship duration Three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances
Opening date 10 March 2020
Closing date 24 March 2020


This project will involve developing clay nanomaterial-based formulations that contain dsRNA or small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) and can be taken up efficiently by plant cells. The main research activities will be to investigate the properties of clay nanomaterials and relevant nanomaterials to load target genes and deliver to plants for induction of systemic silencing of plant genes.


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

Applications are closed.

Before you get started

If this scholarship has rules, download and read them.

How to apply

To be considered for this scholarship, please email the following documents to Professor Zhi Ping (Gordon) Xu (

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Academic transcript/s
  • Evidence for meeting UQ's English language proficiency requirements eg TOEFL, IELTS
  • Research publications in relevant fields

Please note the following: Submitting the above documents does not constitute a full application for admission into The University of Queensland's PhD program. If you are selected as the preferred applicant, you will then be invited to submit a full application for admission. You can familiarise yourself with the documents required for this process on the Graduate School's website.

Selection criteria

The applicant should:

  1. Have a Master’s degree in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering in recent 2 years;
  2. Have an intensive experience in clay nanomaterial preparation and application;
  3. Have some basic background in biochemistry, biology and/or plant biology;
  4. Meet the English requirement by UQ Graduate School;
  5. Be enthusiastic to develop career in nanotechnology and agro-biotechnology.
Applications are closed.


Professor Zhi Ping Xu
+61 7 3346 3809
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.