PhD Top-up scholarship: Advanced bioplastic materials for a sustainable plastics future


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students, International students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Engineering and Computing, Science and Mathematics
HDR funding type Top-up Scholarship
Scholarship value $12,000 per annum
Scholarship duration 4 years
Opening date 28 August 2020
Closing date 25 October 2020


Are you a high performing Australian chemical engineering or science student (or graduate), looking to play a major role in the growth of the exciting new global bioplastics industry?  We are offering prestigious scholarships to people with the potential and drive to help us to lead the transition to a new plastics economy, focusing on the development of exciting new PHA based biodegradable bioplastics and biocomposites.  In this PhD, you will work as part of a world leading research team, partnering with global companies and with access to major global advocacy groups like the Ellen Macarthur Foundation.  At the end of the PhD, you will be positioned to play a significant role in this rapidly growing industry.

Biodegradable bioplastics and biocomposites will be pivotal in the transition to a more sustainable plastics economy, with the production capacity of the important biodegradable biopolymer PHA being estimated to more than triple in the next five years. It is estimated that, in Europe alone, the number of people employed in the bioplastics sector could increase by more than ten-fold by 2030, with up to 300,000 high-skilled jobs being created.


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

Applications are closed.

Before you get started

If this scholarship has rules, download and read them.

How to apply

To be considered for this scholarship, please email the following documents to Associate Professor Bronwyn Laycock (

  • 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 Future Student's website.

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.

Candidates will have a background in chemical / materials engineering or science with a preference for some background in polymer science. Experience in modelling is not necessary but strong mathematical capabilities are desirable. 

Applications are closed.


Associate Professor Bronwyn Laycock
+61 (0) 425 762 647
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.