The University of Adelaide and CSIRO are excited to offer a specialised Industry PhD (iPhD) program and scholarship.

Our 4 year Industry PhD Program includes a minimum six month industry placement offering you an enhanced opportunity to work in an industry-defined research area with support and supervision through a partnership between the University of Adelaide, CSIRO, and an Industry Partner.

Adelaide-CSIRO iPhD Program

In addition, you will have the opportunity, along with your supervisory team, to engage in training and professional development activities. By building your abilities, skills, understanding, and encouraging professional growth the iPhD will prepare you to hit the ground running after completion.  

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Key aspects of the Adelaide-CSIRO iPhD Program

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must meet the University of Adelaide’s higher degree by research admissions criteria.
  • Applicants must meet the University of Adelaide’s English Language Requirements.
  • This program is open to onshore domestic students who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens, or holders of an Australian permanent visa.
  • Not have commenced a PhD program at the time of application. 

For additional opportunities please also see the The University of Adelaide Industry PhD (UAiPhD). Many UAiPhD projects are open to both international and domestic students. 

The University and CSIRO will:

  • administer and support the program.
  • provide a $40k p.a. scholarship.
  • provide project research support funds of $10,000 per annum.

The iPhD is a four year program which includes a six-month industry placement and involves joint supervision by The University of Adelaide, CSIRO and an industry partner.

New projects will be advertised in July 2020. Once ready, please refer to each project page below for more information.

Students are provided with industry-specific training through the University’s Career and Research Skills Training Program to develop new skills and enhance existing ones. In addition, students will have the opportunity, along with their dedicated supervisory team, to attend Launch Camp. This two-day professional development experience is designed to help research teams understand the market for their research idea and view their research through the eyes of their potential customers or end-users.

Please refer to each research project below for more details. Applications will be assessed on:

  • Eligibility.
  • Experience relevant to the field of research, including any research experience.
  • Suitability for the project.
  • Academic excellence.
  • Motivation for understanding an Industry-led PhD project.

*For supervisors or industry partners interested in creating an Adelaide-CSIRO iPhD, please note that this process is currently on hold. You may, however, be interested in the following program: The University of Adelaide Industry PhD (UAiPhD)

Currently available projects

  • Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

    Ageing, Dairy intake and Cognitive Health

    Partners: University of Adelaide, CSIRO and Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited
    Scholarship: $41,092 per annum

    The maintenance of cognitive performance and mental health are increasingly becoming important public health priorities across the lifespan. Similarly, poor sleep quality is now recognised as a risk factor for a range of psychological conditions including mood disorders, such as depression and anxiety, and perhaps even cognitive decline. Nutritional interventions have significant potential to impact on health outcomes, including cognitive health. Milk and dairy products contain several key nutrients associated with maintenance of cognitive health such as B vitamins, calcium, protein and the milkfat globule membrane (MFGM). The MFGM is a bioactive dairy component that has become widely known for its impact on cognitive function on infants, with increasing interest on benefits to the ageing adult. 

    This project will seek to leverage existing longitudinal datasets that have collected information on nutritional intakes alongside cognitive health measures. Modeling of such datasets will elucidate the association between dairy/MFGM intakes and trajectories of cognitive health. Additional activities might also include the PhD student undertaking a range of relevant studies within the CSIRO clinical trials unit incorporating different methodological approaches, including traditional psychometric approaches as well as neuroimaging (e.g., EEG, MRI etc.), to explore different aspects of cognitive health. For more information click here

    Primary ContactDr. Ian Zajac
    Project School/Location: School of Psychology

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