Digital Agriculture Scholarships

If you haven’t previously considered connecting your data science skills to agricultural research then now could be the time, with the rise of big data transforming industries across the globe and the agricultural sector poised to capitalise on this e-revolution.

The scholarships will see you work within Curtin’s Centre for Crop and Disease Management and alongside the Premier’s Fellow in Food and Agriculture Professor Simon Cook at the Centre for Digital Agriculture.

You will also work closely with the WA node of the $210 million Food Agility Cooperative Research Centre, whilst linking in with key research platforms within CSIRO’s Data61 in collaboration with CSIRO Agriculture and Food. We are also further developing higher degree by research scholarships in partnership with a national Cooperative Research Centre focused on digitally transforming Australia’s food and agricultural industry and we welcome enquiries of interest. Australian citizens and permanent residents are eligible for PhD stipends at the Research Training Program base rate ($27,082 in 2018), and/or top-up scholarships of $10,000 p.a.

International students are eligible for top-up scholarships at $10,000 p.a. and must already hold or be awarded a scholarship for fees and base stipend at Curtin.

PhD students can also receive up to $5,000 to fund incidentals such as conference travel as part of the scheme.

A wide scope of projects will be considered. Examples include

  • Forecasting the world food supply, by fusing models with remote sensing
  • Determining the impact crop pathogens have on production, using data and information collected from multispectral imaging systems and mechanistic models
  • Exploiting novel data streams and big data to manage spatially variable field crops
  • Predicting responsiveness of crops to fertiliser by integrating multiple data sources such as drones, crop models, remote sensing and soil surveys
  • Blockchain and hashgraph applications within food value chains
  • Robotics applications within agriculture

This is an exciting time in agriculture as the industry breaks new ground in big data science. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the next generation taking digital agriculture to new frontiers.

Candidates can apply at any time, including if you have already commenced your project. Turnaround time for applications will be within weeks.  Places are limited. Once they are filled, no more applications will be accepted.

PhD scholarships tenures are available on enquiry. An application and review process will be undertaken involving representatives from Curtin University and CSIRO.

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