Innovation in the Grape and Beverage Fermentation Sector - Postgraduate Supplementary Scholarships

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$4,000 (stipend) + operating funds
3.5 years
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Bioprocesses such as fermentation are powerful agents of change, with both known and yet-to-be-fully-exploited transformative effects for Australian industries. Key opportunities for transformation span the fermented beverages sector; fermentation substrates (e.g., grapes); and new designer products and markets. Our research aims to produce better fermentation microbes; achieve sustainably superior grapes; and realise better/new processes & markets. Delivery against these aims will increase quality, profit and sustainability and uplift Australia’s capability in this impactful domain. The wide-ranging benefits include industrial and economic stimulation, capacity development in the opportunity areas, and better environmental outcomes.

There are supplementary scholarships available to support up to 10 x PhD students to undertake inter-disciplinary research relating to a range of projects we are conducting around bioprocess, innovation in the grape, and the precision & beverage fermentation sectors. These scholarships are externally funded by various industry partners. For more information on individual projects, please click this link.


Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia, New Zealand Citizens/Permanent Humanitarian Visa Holders or international students who are acceptable as candidates for a PhD degree at the University of Adelaide.

Recipients of the scholarship will need to be studying full time and hold a major scholarship (such as an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship (RTPS), a University of Adelaide Research Scholarship (UARS), or an industry-based fund of similar merit).

IMPORTANT: This application is an “Expression of Interest” only because this is an externally funded award and the University has not yet secured the relevant funding from the external partners, although negotiations have commenced.

If funding is secured on terms satisfactory to the University, the successful applicant will then be issued with a formal offer letter. However, the University is under no obligation to provide the advertised EOI scholarship if funding is not secured from the external partner, in which case, all applicants will be notified.

The University makes no guarantees, representations, or warranties that the scholarship as advertised will proceed. You should seek independent advice in relation to any significant decisions that you intend to make in reliance on this advertisement.


The scholarship will be for 3.5 years, and has a stipend top up of up to $4,000 (indexed annually) per annum and up to $10,000 of operating funds per project. It is likely to be tax exempt, subject to Taxation Office approval.  


Contact Person: Vladimir Jiranek

School/Discipline of:  Department of Wine Science

Tel: +61 8 8313 6651          Email:

Applying: Expression of interest

Expressions of interest should be submitted directly to Professor of Oenology, Vladimir Jiranek - with the name of scholarship in the subject heading.

Please ensure you include all of the following documents:

  • Evidence of Australian or New Zealand citizenship, or Australian permanent resident status (if applicable)
  • Degree certificates (testamurs)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement detailing proposed research (max. 2 pages)

Short-listed applicants will be invited to an interview. Selected candidates will be invited to submit a formal application for admission. Instructions will be provided to short-listed candidates in due course.