Expressions of Interest

Seeking Expressions of Interest from organisations with suitable PhD research projects.

Organisational Expression of Interest

Please email through the following:

  • A brief summary of your organisation and its activities.
  • A half to one-page statement on your project idea/ proposal. What is the problem? Why is it a problem? What has been done before? Why is new about this enquiry? What activities are required to undertake this work? Why previous work hasn’t provided the answer? Why does this require a dedicated researcher to investigate?
  • The support your organisation could provide for a candidate undertaking a PhD within your business or industry (office space, assistance with field trip, assistance with sample collection, technical expertise, access to a vehicle, data, information, regional connections, other).
  • Your organisation’s past experience particularly relevant to this project idea/proposal (Work that you know has been undertaken on this problem before? This might be in other parts of the world. Please provide links or information to this work.)

Email your Expression of Interest to:

Scholarship available

Two industry projects will be supported.

Closing date

5:00 pm Thursday 1 April 2021


For further information please contact Rebecca Wells, Chief Executive, Mallee Regional Innovation Centre

The Centre will recruit the PhD candidate, which will be supported by a fully funded scholarship. (Approximate value $90,000)


The Mallee Regional Innovation Centre (MRIC), through the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology (The University of Melbourne) is looking for PhD project opportunities from industry or businesses located in the North West of Victoria.

The Centre presently has a number of fully funded PhD scholarships that can be an enabler to provide a research candidate to work on a business or industry problem.

Project idea for PhD research project

Do you have a project idea or an area of work that requires investigation? Could a dedicated researcher work on the problem? A PhD researcher might be the right solution to solve your problem.

PhD funding provided

These PhD projects have funding support through the McPherson and Invergowrie Foundation and the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology at the University of Melbourne.

The McPherson Family and Invergowrie Foundation PhD Scholarship for Women supports STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) PhD’s for female engineers.

Recipients of the scholarship must be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident and should be enthusiastic to work in regional Australia and may need to spend periods of time in the Mildura and/or Swan Hill regions.

Find out more about the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology.

Financial value of the PhD

The total value of the PhD is approximately $90,000.

The McPherson Family and Invergowrie Foundation PhD Scholarship, in conjunction with the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology’s contributions cover the cost of the PhD.

PhD duration

The duration of a PhD candidate’s term of study is 3.5 years.

Organisation support

We are looking for organisations that have the capacity to provide support to the candidate.

Field expenses

The Centre asks that the organisation seeking a PhD candidate provide funding to the candidate for field trips if required. For candidates not living in the region, this may include flights and accommodation to and from the region.


In addition, an organisation may wish to host the PhD candidate at their workplace full time or for periods of

time. They would need to be able to provide suitable office support. Support to the candidate could also include access to a laboratory.


Other support could include a contact person within the organisation in regard to their research, assistance to collect samples or accompany the candidate on field trips and/or provide relevant organisational/region information and data for the research project.

PhD recruitment

The Mallee Regional Innovation Centre in conjunction with the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology and the selected organisations will lead recruitment for a suitably qualified candidate to take on the proposed research project.

The preferred applicant will need to complete a standard application for a PhD application program through the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology at the University of Melbourne.

What is a PhD?

A PhD or a Doctorate candidate must submit a thesis at the end of their term of study. This thesis demonstrates authority in the candidate's field and shows evidence of command of knowledge in relevant fields. Its contribution to knowledge rests on originality of approach and/or interpretation of the findings and in some cases, the discovery of new facts. The thesis demonstrates an ability to communicate research findings effectively in the professional arena and in an international context. It is a careful, rigorous and sustained piece of work. In scope, the PhD thesis differs from a research Master’s thesis chiefly by its deeper and more comprehensive treatment of the chosen subject. The normal length of a PhD thesis is 80,000 words.


A sub-committee of MRIC’s Strategic Advisory Panel will review the Expressions of Interest. The sub-committee will include members of the MRIC Strategic Advisory Panel, MRIC’s Chief Executive and relevant academics as required. In reviewing the Expression of Interest, the committee may seek further information from the organisation submitting the industry research topic.

This could include a meeting between university academics and the organisation. A successful Expression of Interest will culminate in an approved research topic, which includes support by relevant academic supervisors. Dependent on the topic, industry supervisors may form a part of the supervision team.

MRIC will next recruit for a suitable PhD candidate for the research topic. The successful candidate will be awarded a McPherson Family and Invergowrie Scholarship.