Industry scholarships

Co-funded industry scholarships

Southern Farming Systems (SFS) / Centre for eResearch and Digital Innovation (CeRDI) FedUni

Southern Farming Systems: Lime Soil Acidity

Scholarship value: $27,596 Stipend award (2019 rate APA/FedUniPRS), funded for three years.

Eligibility: Open to Australian citizens and permanent residents, and New Zealand citizens only, with Honours 1 or equivalent higher research in soil chemistry, geological or agricultural science, eligible to undertake a PhD

Location: Ballarat campus of FedUni.Postcode 3350

Project details:

Soil acidity is recognised as one of the major soil constraints to increased agricultural productivity in Australia.
Lime is a key amendment to address the decline in soil pH. Lime is an expensive input for mixed and cropping farming systems and its quality can be highly variable.  Farmers need to be able to make informed decisions about the quality and cost-effectiveness of lime they purchase. There is also a need for the lime and fertiliser industries to have a reliable methodology to accurately compare different lime types. This project will explore and develop novel approaches to advance understanding of lime type, quality, variability and spreadability on performance for agricultural purposes under current farming systems and practices. This project sits within a broader project: Building the resilience and profitability of cropping and grazing farmers in the high rainfall zone of Southern Australia, funded by the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program Phase Two. We’re looking for someone who:

  • is interested in making a difference in regional agriculture
  • has good research, project management and communication skills
  • has completed honours level or higher research in soil chemistry, geological or agricultural science
  • is eligible to undertake a PhD at Federation University and is a permanent resident of Australia.

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How to apply: Complete the Application for candidature admission form, available on the FedUni HDR Apply page. All applicants should check their eligibility prior to applying. Prospective candidates should indicate on the Application for Admission Form that they are applying for the Southern Farming Systems Scholarship. Supporting documentation must include a copy of your academic record and curriculum vitae. Applications may be submitted via mail, in person, or email to