PhD scholarship: Regulation of shoot branching by the flowering regulatory pathway


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Agriculture and Environment, Science and Mathematics
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship, Tuition Scholarship
Scholarship value $28,597 per annum (2021 rate), indexed annually
Scholarship duration 3.5 years with the possibility of 1 extension in line with UQ and RTP Scholarship Policy
Opening date 27 July 2021
Closing date 17 August 2021


Supervisor – Professor Christine Beveridge

A four-year ARC Laureate scholarship is available for a molecular plant physiology project. Allocation of resources among vegetative and reproductive structures is important to a plant’s response to environmental change, and plants do this to optimise reproductive success across varied environmental conditions. Allocation of resources cause differences in the timing, size, and growth rate of plant organs such as seeds, flowers, fruits, and leaves. While breeders aim to control or manipulate this allocation of resources to achieve enhanced crop yield, many of the fundamental mechanisms that control vegetative or reproductive growth are still unknown.

The timing and patterning of shoot branching are dynamic and important determinants of crop yield and have long been studied from the perspective of plant hormones. However, the circadian clock, photoperiod response, and the flowering pathway also greatly impact on the timing and patterning of bud outgrowth and little is known of the mechanism by which the flowering pathway interacts with the bud outgrowth pathway to co-ordinately regulate the overall plant shoot architecture.

Using molecular physiology techniques, this project aims to decipher the crosstalk between the branching and photoperiod/circadian clock/flowering regulatory pathways and therefore the molecular mechanism by which the photoperiod/circadian clock/flowering regulatory pathways regulate bud outgrowth in plants.

A working knowledge of plant physiology and plant development, with an interest in hormone signalling, molecular physiology, molecular biology and genetics 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.

Applications are closed.

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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 ‘SHOOT BRANCHING-BEVERIDGEin 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 molecular plant physiology and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of plant biology is highly desirable.

Applications are closed.


Professor Christine Beveridge
+61 (4) 1064 8830
Applications are closed.

Terms and conditions

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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.