Joint PhD scholarships - The University of Adelaide and The University of Nottingham

August 04, 2020

Fast-track your international career by applying for one of the 16 fully-funded PhD scholarships in the area of Sustainable Agri-Food Systems for Global Nutrition. Make the University of Adelaide (UofA) your home institution and have the University of Nottingham (UofN) host you for extended periods.

Are you planning to embark on a PhD? Have you heard of the Joint PhD program between the University of Adelaide and the University of Nottingham, UK? These Universities work closely together on many of the world's most pressing challenges such as food security, climate change and health and medicine.

By joining the program, you will gain an international outlook and build an international network, essential in today’s globalised job market. You will also have access to the research strengths of two globally leading research-intensive universities, the University of Adelaide and the University of Nottingham, UK.

How does it work?
The University of Adelaide (UofA) will be your home institution and the University of Nottingham (UofN) will be your host. During your time overseas, you will be based at a Nottingham campus in the UK, China (near Shanghai), or Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

  • You will begin your PhD at UofA, developing your research proposal, skills and starting your research. 
  • Your project will be co-supervised by both UofA and UofN academics.
  • After your first year at UofA you’ll spend a minimum of 12 months at UofN (in one or several blocks). 
  • Importantly, you will be eligible for training courses and additional travel grants from both institutions.
  • You’ll undertake your examination, including an oral defence at UofA. 
  • Graduates of the program receive a single doctoral degree jointly awarded by both institutions.

What’s on offer?
A limited number of fully-funded PhD scholarships for up to 4 years and some travel support to start in 2020 in the area of Sustainable Agri-Food Systems for Global Nutrition.

Available projects

  • Phenotypic and genetic analysis of root traits in wheat pre-breeding germplasm for improved nitrogen-use efficiency in Australia and UK
  • Modelling and quantification of food deserts
  • Healthy plant-based snacks from dry fractionated cereal and pulses
  • Understanding astringency perception to improve food quality: A novel sensory phenotype, salivary protein, oral microbiome and genetics-based approach
  • Next-generation digital sensing for the food industry
  • Understanding global consumer opinions on edible insects
  • Examining the Interplay between Understandings of Nutritional Health and Well-Being for Humans and Companion Animals: A social and ethical cross-cultural comparison
  • Building resilient cereals for future environments
  • Capsaicin food products to control appetite
  • Vitamin D and calcium food products to control gestational diabetes
  • Using hyper-spectral imaging to develop new high-value wheat varieties for novel foods
  • Closing the loop in advanced protected horticulture systems: A systems approach
  • Creating digital twins of space-agriculture systems
  • Identification and exploitation of carbohydrate polymers and bioactive compounds from plant biomass
  • Optimising plant growth for space
  • Investigating new mechanisms of crop salt tolerance

For more information on how to apply visit the Adelaide Graduate Centre website.

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