Suitably qualified, high-achieving Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students have the opportunity to pursue research in key strategical priority agricultural scientific fields. The QAAFI adviser will decide in consultation with DHDR if eligible current and future QAAFI domestic and international students should be nominated for a UQ Graduate School scholarship.  The QAAFI scholarship committee may rank these nominees higher, but this does not guarantee success during UQ Graduate School’s assessment across the Science Cluster.
Please contact the relevant QAAFI researcher to discuss project opportunities and visit the UQ Graduate School’s competitive scholarship rounds website if they agree to nominate you for a UQ scholarship.

Explore strategic priority research areas and a chance at a UQ scholarship:

2. Horticultural Science

Improving orchard productivity

This project area seeks to explore overarching approaches to improving productivity of orchards.This can be through transformational approaches to orchard structure and management that would involve studies of tree development and physiology through modelling or integrated approaches to management of diseases.
Contact: Associate Professor Jim Hanan and Dr Femi Akinsanmi

Use of natural defence compounds to improve fruit quality

This project areas seeks to reduce reliance on fungicides and other chemicals in management of fruit quality (eg avocado) by investigating avenues for enhancing natural defense compounds in the plant.
Contact: Dr Elizabeth Dann