PhD scholarship: Production of valuable chemicals from gaseous waste


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
Scholarship value $28,597 per annum (2021 rate), indexed annually
Scholarship duration Three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions
Opening date 17 May 2021
Closing date 28 June 2021


Supervisors: Dr Bernardino Virdis, Dr Shihu Hu, Dr Esteban Marcellin

This project aims to develop innovative biotechnology to enable the conversion of waste carbon dioxide into industry-relevant liquid chemicals. The PhD projects will focus on development, operation, and characterization of pure and mixed culture fermentation systems at both bench and pilot scales. Training will be multidisciplinary, involving microbiology (molecular and -omics techniques), electrochemistry and material science, bioprocess design, control and optimization. The candidates will work across the Advanced Water Management Centre and the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology.

A working knowledge of chemical engineering would be of benefit to someone working on this project.


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

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

Before you get started

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How to apply

To apply for admission and scholarship, follow this link. 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 ‘WASTE-VIRDIS’ in the 'Name of scholarship' field.

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Learn more about applying for a higher degree by research at UQ

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.


Dr Bernardino Virdis

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.