Adelaide-CSIRO iPhD: Exploration and commercialisation of Australia’s edible insects

Payment per year
4 years
Adelaide-CSIRO iPhD Program
Postgraduate Research
Australian Citizens
Australian Permanent Residents
New Zealand Citizens
Permanent Humanitarian Visa Holders
Type of Scholarship
Financial Need
Supplementary Scholarships
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All Faculties
Available To

The University of Adelaide and CSIRO are excited to offer a specialised Industry PhD (iPhD) program and scholarship.

Our 4 year Industry PhD Program includes a minimum six month industry placement offering you an enhanced opportunity to work in an industry-defined research area with support and supervision through a partnership between the University of Adelaide, CSIRO, and an Industry Partner.

In addition, you will have the opportunity, along with your supervisory team, to engage in training and professional development activities. By building your abilities, skills, understanding, and encouraging professional growth, the iPhD will prepare you to hit the ground running after completion.

Within this unique program, the University and CSIRO will:

  • administer and support the program
  • provide a $40,000 per annum scholarship
  • provide project research support funds of $10,000 per annum.

Please visit the Adelaide-CSIRO iPhD website for more research projects as well as general information on the program and scholarship.

The exciting project with Goterra is described below.

Project Name

Exploration and commercialisation of Australia’s edible insects

Project description

The global edible insect industry is expected to be worth $1.5 billion by the year 2023, and incorporating insect-derived protein into our diets has significant environmental, health and social benefits. This PhD program will address the global food security challenge by utilising Australia’s unique insect biodiversity to develop novel science and quantify the benefits of substituting traditional animal protein with sustainable insect-derived protein in the Australian diet.

The aims of this PhD program are to:

  • Identify and sample Australia’s unique edible insect species using the CSIRO Australian National Insect Collection, Atlas of Living Australia and consultation with Indigenous communities
  • Determine the nutritional profiles and suitability of edible insect candidates
  • Optimise growing conditions and assess the feasibility of edible insect candidates for upscaled commercial farming at Goterra
  • Conduct food science research to examine the chemical composition of edible insect candidates to potentially develop novel foods

Ideal candidate

Essential criteria:

  • Relevant undergraduate qualification in biology and/or agriculture
  • Sound knowledge of biology and/or animal behaviour
  • Demonstrated experience in critical and analytical thinking
  • Show initiative and work effectively in a team, positively contributing to the team environment
  • Ability and willingness to contribute to improved solutions in work situations, trying creative ways to deal with routine problems and opportunities

Desirable criteria:

  • Experience or willingness to work in an agricultural farming environment
  • Knowledge or experience in food science research
  • A valid driver’s licence and ability to carry out fieldwork


The project and placement will be primarily conducted at CSIRO Black Mountain and Goterra, Canberra. Related travel and accommodation expenses may also be paid for or subsidised by the project.



Application instructions

Please read all instructions carefully.

Calls for EOIs are now open

To be considered for the Industry PhD program the following first steps must be completed by 9:00am on 18 October 2019:

  • Complete an EOI form for each Adelaide-CSIRO iPhD project that you wish to apply for.
  • Email completed EOI forms (as a PDF document) to No late forms will be accepted.

Once the EOI forms have been received by the HDR Industry office you will be sent detailed instructions on how to complete and submit your Online Application, which will include providing your academic transcripts and CV.

Following the detailed instructions provided to you, you can begin your application, taking special note of the specific application information you are requested to provide, including indicating the CSIRO Project Title and Supervisor in the correct field and selecting the specific “Study Preferences” and “Research Interests”.

Online applications will be accepted up to 31 October 2019.

General Information about applying

  • Adelaide-CSIRO iPhD program applicants must submit an Admission Only application to be considered.
  • Please refer to our guide on submitting an online application.
  • Once submitted, your application will be reviewed to determine your eligibility to be admitted to the PhD Program.
  • Applicants due to complete their honours programs in Semester 1 are eligible to apply, however, any offer would be conditional on successful completion of the degree.
  • Your eligibility to be considered for the Industry PhD program of your choice will be reviewed.
  • If you meet the eligibility requirements, you will be contacted for a formal interview by CSIRO and the University in November 2019.
  • You will be notified of the outcome of your application following the interview.
  • If your application is unsuccessful, your online application for Admission will be closed.
  • Should you wish to apply for a PhD program unrelated to the CSIRO Industry PhD program, you will need to submit a separate new application for Admission and Scholarship during one of the 2 rounds held each year. The Major Round opens 1 September and closes 31 October, while the Mid-Year Round opens early April and closes 30 May.

Application Checklist

  • Emailed PDF versions of your completed EOI(s) to
  • Completed your “Admission Only” online application form.
  • Included CSIRO Project Title/s and Proposed Supervisor/s in the Research Interests field of your application.
  • Uploaded all other required documentation and submitted your online application.