PhD scholarship: Using marks and designations to build and sustain local food and agriculture


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students, International students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Agriculture and Environment, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Law
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship
Scholarship value $34,013 per annum (2020 rate), indexed annually
Scholarship duration Three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances
Opening date 9 April 2020
Closing date 4 May 2020


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.

The Role

There is an opportunity for a highly motivated PhD student to join the team within the Training Centre to develop the Australian native food industry.  The position will interact with the project collaborators in Australia and may visit collaborators in the USA.

The overall goal of this scholarship is to analyse the use of specific designations and marks for the protection and promotion of local and indigenous foods whether trademarks, geographical indications of origin or alternative forms.

Using the UNESCO City of Gastronomy designation as a case study, the student will focus on the role these alternative formats play to encourage local SME and increase the marketability and sales of agricultural produce. The student will look at the possible use of these marks to provide end-users with a guarantee of the quality of the product being sold or consumed. There will also be an analysis of the potential for these marks to encourage food tourism and international consumer markets. They will also outline potential pitfalls and problems that may arise, as well as possible solutions. Importantly, the student will also make recommendations for how marks might be modified to improve the capacity to build agricultural productivity and food security.


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 ‘Other’, then ‘Research Project Scholarship’ and type in ‘LOCAL FOODin the 'Name of scholarship' field.

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Selection criteria

Applicants will have an Honours degree or equivalent.  Basic expertise and experience is required in one or more of the following areas:

  1. Social science mixed or qualitative methodologies,
  2. Understanding of at least one academic discipline’s literature relevant to the project.

The successful applicant will have an interest in conducting field research on the topic, be able to travel for short periods, and be willing to work with the industry partners.

The following skills and experiences are highly desirable:

  1. Previous work on or knowledge about local foods movements.
  2. Previous experience with small businesses and an understanding of the challenges these organizations face when trying to expand market access.

All applicants MUST respond to the selection criteria (above) in your application cover letter.

Applications are closed.


Dr Allison Fish
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.