PhD scholarship: Secure, Accountable, and Provenance-Centric File System


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students, International students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Engineering and Computing
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship
Scholarship value $28,092 per annum tax-free (2020 rate), indexed annually. Single Overseas Student Health Cover ($3,800) is available for International students.
Scholarship duration Three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances
Opening date 24 February 2020
Closing date 10 March 2020


The goal of this research is to design a methodology for building provenance-centric and accountable file systems which will allow future computing systems to achieve high data integrity - a key tenet of information security. Tan, Ko and Holmes (2013) proposed that tracking of provenance outside of the system is one of the weaknesses in the current solution, they all required system-level support or special software installed. Thus, the proposed file system should be able to record user behaviours only when the activities related to this file for security reason. Independence is another feature, i.e. recording information even when the file moved out of the designed system. This means the file will contain its own log without extra file or system-level support. Another potential issue is the size of the embedded log/records within the provenance-centric file. After a certain number of data actions, the log recording the provenance of the file may grow exponentially beyond the actual file size. As such, this project will also explore ways to efficiently store or shrink logs over time.


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 be considered for this scholarship, please email the following documents to Professor Ryan Ko (

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

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 candidate should have a strong academic record in engineering or computer science, and a track record in completing research projects either as a thesis student or as a research assistant in an academic setting. The candidate should also be conversant with C programming, and have a deep knowledge of operating systems.

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Professor Ryan Ko
+61 7 3365 1092
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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.