Every year up to four full-time equivalent QAAFI PhD scholarships (QPhDs) are available to suitably qualified, high-achieving students to pursue research in key strategical priority agricultural scientific fields. Current and future QAAFI domestic and international students must be nominated by a QAAFI advisor and meet QAAFI and UQ Graduate School's scholarship eligibility requirements. 

The scholarship is awarded in line with the UQ Graduate School’s competitive scholarship rounds. It provides a living allowance and a tuition fee offset scholarship. The living stipend is at the full-time base RTP stipend rate (Australian Government's Research Training Program). For international applicants who will study in Australia on a student visa, the QAAFI PhD scholarship also includes an allowance for single Overseas Student Health Cover, known as OSHC. 

Explore strategic priority research areas for QAAFI PhD scholarship:

Improving adaptation of grain legumes in northern cropping systems

This project area will explore the physiological basis of growth and development of key grain legumes, especially mungbean or chickpea, and application of crop modelling to better quantify and understand their adaptation.
Contact: Associate Professor RCN Rachaputi

Enhancing grain farm productivity

This project area seeks to explore avenues to enhance productivity and profitability at whole farm scale that would include metrics associated with production, economics, financial and climate risks, and long term sustainability.  The farm scale analysis would involve whole farm modelling.
Contact: Associate Professor Daniel Rodriguez


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

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

Genomics approaches to improve productivity in cattle

This project area seeks to use genomic information to accelerate genetic gain and enable new management strategies for Northern Beef operations. Analysis of large genomic data sets will enable genomic predictions for key traits which drive profitability and affect market share, (e.g. fertility and meat quality), and for resistance to diseases which compromise productivity in Northern Australia.
Contact: Professor Ben Hayes, Professor Stephen Moore

Reproductive management of beef breeding cattle

Primary areas for research are reproductive wastage including foetal and calf loss; and, live weight production in beef herds. Research is required to accurately describe and improve performance in these parameters across beef production systems in Norther Australia.
Contact: Professor Ben Hayes, Dr Luis Silva, Dr Geoffry Fordyce

Naturally nutritious

Maximising the intrinsic nutritional properties of agricultural products in foods and ingredients.

Smart selections

How to identify the right combinations of raw materials and processing to deliver consumer-preferred foods 

Uniquely Australian

Identifying and validating opportunities for elite products from foods and ingredients that can only have come from Australia

Potential students interested in these three research themes should contact Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences researchers.