Industrial Transformation Training Centre
Uniquely Australian Foods

PhD scholarships

Work with UQ researchers, industry partners and Indigenous communities to develop uniquely Australian foods

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.

About the PhD scholarships

There are a range of PhD projects with scholarships on offer.  These range from projects focussing on specific products such as honey from native botanicals, Kakadu plum, native fruits, Wattle seeds, native spices, Bunya nuts and native seaweed, to projects specifically focussing on trademarking, benefit sharing and exploring the impact of indigenous participation.

Scholarship value

The scholarships offer a living stipend of $34,013 per annum (2020 rate). The scholarships are for an initial period of three years with the possibility of two six-month extensions in approved circumstances.

Closing dates

Please refer to the project details below as the closing dates differ for each project.

Further details

Eligibility, selection criteria and conditions for each project can be found at the links below.

Interested, but not quite suited to the projects below?

Submit an expression of interest to the Training Centre team.