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Looking for a PhD or Masters that can help change the world?

What is on offer?

The Fight Food Waste CRC has 30 PhD top-up scholarships and 12 Masters by Research scholarships available at our eight participating universities over the lifetime of the CRC until 2028. 

PhD
Fight Food Waste CRC top-up scholarships (valued at $100,000) will be offered to successful PhD applicants. Projects will be aligned with a Fight Food Waste CRC research project or our milestones. A base scholarship from one of our eight participating universities is required for the Fight Food Waste CRC top-up scholarship offer to be approved and commence. The Fight Food Waste CRC top-up scholarship and university base scholarship provide a living allowance/stipend of approximately $35,000 per annum (tax-free). Successful students need to demonstrate research experience through the completion of a first-class Honours degree, or research-based Masters in a relevant academic area and hold the desired attributes of a Fight Food Waste CRC student. Academic publications will be highly regarded. This will be a four-year, full-time study commitment.

Masters by Research
Fight Food Waste CRC scholarships (valued at $50,000) will be awarded to successful applicants to complete a Masters by Research, either aligned with a Fight Food Waste CRC research project or our milestones. Successful students do not require a base scholarship from one of our eight participating universities but need to hold a Bachelors degree or demonstrate extensive, relevant experience in industry and hold the desired attributes of a Fight Food Waste CRC student. This will be a two-year (full-time) or four-year (part-time) commitment. 

Desired criteria

A Fight Food Waste CRC student should be:

  • a passionate believer in the value of applied, industry-focused collaborative research
  • a self-starter that can work autonomously
  • experienced within the area of the selected topic
  • able to translate research into publications
  • have strong time management skills.

Student benefits

  • the opportunity to contribute to an Australia without food waste
  • access to industry experts and networking to develop leadership skills and knowledge, making you industry ready and industry savvy
  • completion of a Graduate Certificate in a Management related area at your host university (PhD students)
  • whole-of-CRC activities, including the annual conference with a generous travel and accommodation budget
  • access to the Future Leaders Program, a professional and personal development program, including mentoring activities with KPMG, a bi-annual retreat, and the ability to connect and learn from other FFW CRC students
  • a $5,000 one-time completion bonus when your degree has been awarded. 

Are you interested?

If you have further questions then we have FAQs available to assist you or please contact FFW CRC ENGAGE Program Coordinator Alex Guest.

To formally express your interest in the opportunities we have available (see below), you should include:

  • copy of student CV, academic transcript, Australian citizenship status 
  • one-page summary addressing the topic(s) you are interested in, how you meet the desired criteria, and preference for PhD or Masters, full-time or part-time study
  • any progress you have made towards securing a university base scholarship (PhD) or supervisory team.  

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Program

REDUCE

Topic

The business choices and decisions made when Food Loss Waste (FLW) data becomes visible. The quantification, through life cycle assessment (LCA), of packaging, processing, cold chain and other supply chain opportunities that reduce food waste or its valorisation is an important input into business decision making. This student project will compile LCA data on relevant scenarios. 

Program

REDUCE

Topic

LCA supply chain opportunities to reduce food waste. As decision support tools, like DIRECT, are taken up by business and government, FLW data will become more visible. Understanding the choices and decisions that are made when data is visible will be critical if the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 is to be realised. This research will investigate what choices and decisions organisations have made when this data is assembled. 

Program

TRANSFORM

Topic

This Masters by Research will be part of a broader national Food Waste to Pig Feed – Safe and Bio-secure project led by the South Australian Research and Development Institute, a division of Primary Industries and Regions SA (to be launched soon). This project will investigate the food safety, biosecurity risks, and economic feasibility of converting food waste into pig feed. Pig feed currently accounts for 58% of pork production costs in Australia and approximately 60-80% of pig diets contain wheat and other grains.

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Program

TRANSFORM

Topic

Rapid protocols transform food waste into novel products. Development of rapid protocols for Australian businesses within the food supply and production chain to identify novel products from the unavoidable food waste generated within their business. This project will consider the wide range of food waste available and consider factors including financial, operational, and environmental for both the businesses and food waste outcomes. 

Program

TRANSFORM

Topic

Policy, regulation and legislation barriers, opportunities and recommendations to maximise utilisation of food waste and food by-products. Understanding policy, legislation and regulatory barriers to high-value utilisation of food waste across the food production and supply chains. Result of RHD research would be a final review of future risks and barriers to utilisation of food waste and recommended policy, legislation and regulation adjustments. 

Program

TRANSFORM

Topic

Regional food waste technology gaps and future technology requirements. Analysis will be undertaken of the food waste generation in Australian regions, as well as suitable and potential future technologies to managing and processing food waste across Australia. Technology gaps and needs will be identified, including consideration of potential operational benefits and detriments. 

Program

ENGAGE

Topic

Using voluntary commitments to reduce food waste. A new voluntary commitment program with the agri-food sector to reduce food waste is anticipated in late 2020. This project will work with Australian stakeholders on how industry awareness-raising and behaviour change campaigns can reduce food waste. A key component of this project will be to synthesise the impact of international voluntary commitment programs. 

Program

ENGAGE

Topic

Multi-metric reporting of food waste to improve social licence to operate. Food businesses need to agree a common framework and associated reporting for the anticipated National Food Waste Strategy voluntary commitment program. The research will focus on contributing to the industry challenge in the early phase whilst efforts in the remaining period will contribute to the research and policy community. 

Program

ENGAGE

Topic

More projects to come …

Details of each research project will be developed together with our industry partners.