The Microbiome Project PhD Scholarship

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Open until filled
Payment per year
$34,000 p.a.
Up to 3 years
Doctor of Philosophy
Postgraduate Research
Australian Citizens
Australian Permanent Residents
New Zealand Citizens
Permanent Humanitarian Visa Holders
Type of Scholarship
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
Financial Need
Rural Regional and Remote Areas
Students with Disabilities
Supplementary Scholarships
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Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology (SET)
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Future Students

Come join an exciting new research project that seeks to discover how changes in land management over the past two decades have affected soil health and plant performance. Capitalising on an archive of well over 10,000 soil DNA samples collected from cropping paddocks across the nation, over more than 20 years, and through glasshouse and field trials, this project seeks to identify fundamental changes in soil biological communities due to changes in farming systems over the past two decades. We are looking to recruit a PhD student to work on this exciting, well-funded, project. The successful applicant will have scope to develop a project that focuses on molecular ecology and/or plant phenomics. The student will be well-supported, with a generous stipend and project operating budget.

The Microbiome Project scholarship funded by the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment to support a full-time PhD student who undertaking research in soil ecology and sustainability.


Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia who are acceptable as candidates for a PhD degree at the University of Adelaide.


The scholarship will be for 3 years and has a stipend of $34,000 per annum.

It is likely to be tax exempt, subject to Taxation Office approval.


Contact Person: Prof. Timothy Cavagnaro

School/Discipline of:  Agriculture, Food and Wine

Tel: (08) 8313 2770            



Expressions of interest should be submitted to Timothy Cavagnaro []. Expressions of interest should be submitted without delay as they will be considered as received. Please include the name of scholarship in the subject heading of your email. 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)
  • Academic transcripts
  • Translations of non-English documentation
  • Evidence of English language proficiency
  • Curriculum vitae