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Industry Postgraduate Program

Training the scientists of the future to solve real-world problems for the Australian agrifood and technology industry.

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Food Agility is connecting industry, universities, and students to solve real business problems through a unique program where students are embedded within an agrifood or technology business.

The industry-based scholarship program provides:

  • Short term sprint projects (3-6 months) or long-term full projects (2-3 years) with a scholarship stipend provided to students.
  • Support, mentorship and career professional development training through Food Agility, university partners and industry partners.
  • A match of the best candidates with an industry partner to find industry relevant solutions using innovative and interdisciplinary approaches.

information for students

Information for students

Food Agility is offering scholarships to postgraduate students across a variety of disciplines to work with leading university academics and innovative agrifood and technology businesses.

See available scholarships

Eligibility

Eligibility

  • The program is available to postgraduate students (Masters or PhD level).
  • Applicants must be enrolled or in the process of enrolling at a Food Agility partner university: (Queensland University of Technology, University of Technology Sydney, RMIT, James Cook University, Charles Sturt University, Curtin University, Federation University, The University of New England)
  • Students must satisfy eligibility criteria of the host university.

Application Process

Application Process

  • See available scholarships and then apply online.
  • Students are encouraged to discuss their research with Food Agility prior to applying by contacting Mick Schaefer, Food Agility Research Program Manager, scholarships@foodagility.com.

Scholarship Conditions and Stipend

Scholarship Conditions and Stipend

Stipends:

  • Full project stipends are between $40,000 and $50,000 with up to $10,000 operating budget per annum.
  • Short-term sprint project stipends are between $40,000 and $50,000 per annum on a pro rata basis depending on the period of time engaged in the project.
  • PhD and DBA Scholarships are available for up to 3 years; Masters for up to 2 years (full time equivalent in both cases).
  • Generally, the industry partner will own the project IP and the student will own the copyright in their thesis. Full details about Intellectual Property will be outlined in a Student Agreement.

Benefits

Benefits

  • develop your skills and experience to find industry relevant solutions using innovative and interdisciplinary approaches
  • opportunity to work on an industry problem with three-tiers of support through Food Agility, a leading university supervisor, and an industry supervisor
  • receive mentoring and targeted training courses in data management, effective communications, and understanding agile processes
  • develop industry-ready skills on the job
  • acquire knowledge, skills and networks that create job opportunities

Scholarship Obligations

Scholarship Obligations

Scholarship holders will:

  • Maintain enrolment at a Food Agility university through satisfactory progress.
  • Comply with policies, procedures and codes of conduct of the host university and/or any other partner organisations.
  • Participate in the Food Agility induction process at early stages of the scholarship.
  • Participate in Food Agility professional development activities and reviews during the term of the scholarship.
  • Contribute to the achievement of Food Agility objectives.
  • Make outcomes from the research available to Food Agility staff and stakeholders, dependent on project confidentiality.
  • Acknowledge Food Agility support in publications and presentations.
  • Lodge a copy of outputs, such as any completed thesis and publications with Food Agility for publication through the website and allied channels, dependent on project confidentiality.

information for industry

Information for industry

Why work with a postgraduate student?

Why work with a postgraduate student?

By participating in the Industry Postgraduate Program, a student scientist will work directly with you on a business challenge that you identify. We subsidise the cost and you own the Intellectual Property produced while the student is embedded.

  • Solve a complex business challenge and supercharge your R&D.
  • Access scientific expertise at a fraction of the cost.
  • Help train the agrifood scientists of the future by giving them real-world experience.
  • You own the Intellectual Property produced by the student while they are embedded.

Your Investment

Your Investment

  • A PhD generally takes three years full-time for a student to complete. A business may choose to sponsor a student for all or part of their PhD. During that time, the student will be embedded in your business, working on a business challenge that you agree together.
  • The cost to you is $40,000 - $50,000 per annum (depending on the project) for the time the student is embedded. Students also receive operating funds from Food Agility and may also receive a top-up from their host university and/or Food Agility.
  • You may also be eligible for a rebate of up to 43.5 percent under the R&D tax incentive, so the cost to you for in-house scientific expertise could be as low as $20,000 per annum.

What type of Expertise can I access?

What type of Expertise can I access?

Food Agility has partnerships with eight leading Australian universities. We can help you identify a talented postgraduate student in whichever field you require, including (but not limited to):

  • data analytics
  • artificial intelligence
  • machine learning
  • risk and return
  • biosecurity
  • cybersecurity
  • natural capital accounting
  • sensing and sensors

How to Participate

How to Participate

For more information about how the Industry Postgraduate Program can benefit your business, or if you have an idea suitable for the program, contact Mick Schaefer, Food Agility Research Program Manager, scholarships@foodagility.com.

information for universities

Information for universities
  • Food Agility will provide ongoing support to manage the relationship between all partners – academic, industry and student. 
  • You collaborate with an industry partner to develop the scholarship project.
  • Provide support and supervision to the student with the industry partner and Food Agility.

University supervisors that would like more information can contact Mick Schaefer, Food Agility Research Program Manager, scholarships@foodagility.com

available scholarships

Projects that are currently open for application:

Sustainability in Viticulture (Masters of Philosophy)

Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI)
Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
RMIT University
The aim of this research project is to understand the relationships between self-reported management actions, production and resource use metrics, profitability and long-term resilience in Australian viticulture. This project will build on an environmental dataset from Sustainable Winegrowing Australia and an initial quantitative analysis and sustainability metrics developed as part of a previous Food Agility project. The student will develop statistical machine learning and artificial intelligence methods for estimating the relationship between sustainability metrics and vineyard financial performance using datasets.

Application closing date: Apr 18, 2021

Find out more and apply

contact us

Dr Mick Schaefer

Research Program Manager

scholarships@foodagility.com