PhD Scholarship: Market Insights for Australian Native foods

Summary

Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students, International students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Agriculture and Environment, Science and Mathematics
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship
Scholarship value $33,413 per annum tax-free (2019 rate), indexed annually
Scholarship duration Three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances.
Opening date 12 December 2019
Closing date 30 April 2020

Description

The University of Queensland led Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Training Centre (ITTC) for Uniquely Australian Foods (IC180100045) aims to transform the native Food and Agribusiness Sector through development of selected crops, foods and ingredients using an Indigenous governance group to oversee the process of converting Traditional Knowledge into Branded Products.  

Native foods represent a major opportunity for premium Australian products in both domestic and export markets, capitalising on consumer interest in the provenance and traditional heritage characteristics of foods.  The outcomes of the Training Centre will include the testing of market opportunities, the development of appropriate social and business models, and the identification of future opportunities for Uniquely Australian Foods.  Economic and quality of life benefits through job creation and benefit sharing arrangements will be secured for Indigenous communities through sustainable business models which will help to Close the Gap, and the development of supply chain partnerships to reduce the risks involved in taking products to market.

This PhD project –focussed on understanding market value for Uniquely Australian Foods – will form part of the Training Centre as a collaboration between The University of Queensland, ANFAB and key commercial partners.

The Role

There is an opportunity for a highly motivated PhD student to join the QAAFI team within the Training Centre aiming to develop the Australian native food industry.  They will work directly with indigenous and non-indigenous enterprises and be involved in the various activities of the centre.

Research Area

Australian native plant foods and the use of native ingredients offers a unique branding position and marketing opportunity for Australian food industries.  This PhD project will utilise novel native food products as case studies for consumer and market research that will help to inform future branding efforts and business models in the Uniquely Australian Food space, both locally and internationally.

The PhD student will gain hands-on experience working with industry and new product development, they will develop strong skills in consumer evaluation, market research and analysis, business model development, trade marking and statistical analysis.

Eligibility

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

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 the appropriate scholarship type, or select ‘other’ and type in ‘AUSSIE FOODin the 'Name of scholarship' field.

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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: agribusiness, agronomy, food science, business, biometry (or related field).

A keen interest in developing the native food industry is essential.  Excellent communication skills and experience working with commercial enterprises and/or indigenous communities is highly desirable.

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

Applications are closed.

Contact

Dr Heather Smyth
+61 7 3443 2469
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.