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With a national and international profile, we perform impactful research which addresses pressing global issues whilst respecting and applying the principles of First Nations ways of being, doing and knowing. We think big and take a grand challenge approach, as we strive to reshape the future of agriculture, water management, and environmental conservation.

Considering applying for a Gulbali Institute PhD Scholarship?

The scholarship round for 2023 has now closed.   
In preparation for the 2024 round, please see  
Gulbali Institute PhD Scholarship Program

Our programs

  • Harry Aguzey
    Nutritional strategies to mitigate effects of heat stress on reproduction in sheep 
  • Stella Anthony
    Epidemiology and management of Botryosphaeria dieback in walnut orchards in Australia 
  • Dwi Atminarso
    The Impact of Perjaya dam on biodiversity and livelihoods in the Komering river, Indonesia 
    Approved to graduate 2024
  • Amy Bates
    Refining ewe body condition score at joining for region, season, breed and responsiveness
  • Elka Blackman
    Genetic diversity, gene flow and adaptation of freshwater mussels in a changing climate
  • Joachim Bretzel
    Advancing fish-protection screening at water diversions to support freshwater fish conservation in the Murray-Darling Basin 
    Thesis Submitted 2024
  • Olivia Brunton
    The potential benefits of dual placement phosphorus fertiliser application to south-eastern Australian crop species
  • Allister Clarke
    Thesis submitted 2024
  • Mitchell Cowan
    The influence of mining on the movement ecology and behaviour of the endangered northern quoll (Dasyurus hallucatus) 
  • Emily Cross
    Understanding Mechanisms of Nuclear Transport During Viral Infection 
  • Nayomi Danthanarayana
    Zoonotic arboviruses of Papua New Guinea and their vectors: Characterising the mosquito microbiome and evaluating novel surveillance methods
  • Nani Gopal Das
    Strategic feeding and management of sheep to produce safe lamb and reduce heat stress
  • Tridip Das
    Insights into the transmission and pathobiology of avian circoviruses with emphasis on novel spray dried vaccine development
  • Fleur Magick Dennis
  • Pangkaj Kumar Dhar
    Assessing the role of invertebrate vectors in transmission of Beak and feather disease virus with special emphasis on subunit vaccine development
  • Camilla Donnelly
    Structural analysis of protein-protein interactions involved in pathogenesis and viral replication of Lyssaviruses and Henipaviruses.
    Thesis submitted 2024
  • Nicki (Nicolette) Duncan
    Integrating human nutrition security and rice field landscape habitats to enhance strategic fish passage barrier prioritization.
  • Milad Ghafoori
    Investigating Potential Structural and Mechanistic Interactions of Sox Transcription Factors with RNA
    Thesis submitted 2024
  • Joshua Gilbert
    Indigenous Agribusiness 
  • Scott Graham
    Improving enrolments and engagement in secondary and tertiary agriculture through improving academic rigour and reputation of agriculture in secondary schools 
  • Timothy Green
    100-Day Wheats for a Changing Australian Climate 
  • Maddellen Guan (Masters Student)
  • Mahir Habib
    A Microservice-based Framework for Sharing Livestock Event Information
  • Jennifer Hawker
    Structural and molecular mechanisms of NSs-mediated pathogenesis of bunyaviruses 
  • Mikayla Hoad
    Structural Basis for the Nuclear Localization of Capsid Proteins from Divergent Adeno-Associated Virus StereotypesThesis submitted 2024
  • Md Belal Hossain
    Agronomic climate change adaptation strategies using simulation modelling 
  • Liang Jiang
    Rapid assessment for prediction and quantification of Botrytis cinerea off-flavours in grapes using mass spectrometry 
  • Anne Johnson
    Implementation of Agroecological Practices in Viticulture: identification of factors that motivate or constrain uptake 
  • Thomas Keogh
    Investigating the constraints on lamb growth in intensive feeding systems
  • Dominic Kanak
    Cool Burning in southern NSW 
  • Calvin Lam
    How does grapevine root distribution influence nutrient uptake and berry composition in cool climate viticulture?
  • Dylan Lees
    Population viability and spatial ecology of the threatened squirrel glider (Petaurus norfolcensis) to rapidly changing peri-urban landscapes
  • Mitchell Lenehan
    Why do/don’t landholders engage with conservation?
  • Hardy Manser (Masters Student)
    An evaluation of the efficacy and relevance of Agricultural Vocational Education and Training in fulfilling the workforce development needs of the contemporary Australian Agricultural Workforce
  • Brianna Maslen
    Faecal Microbiomes and their Relationship with the overall Health and Productivity of Cattle
  • Tony Molyneux
    Caffeine-fuelled beneficial insects to boost vineyard pest biocontrol 
  • Thilini Munasinghe
    Structural analysis of ORF 4b protein of Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in complex with host proteins and its role in innate immunityThesis submitted 2024
  • Borkwei Ed Nignpense
    Bioaccessiblity and  bioavailability of pigmented cereal phenols. 
    Thesis submitted 2024
  • Nisa Perera
    Behavioural and electrophysiological responses of dung beetles to livestock dung volatilomes and constituent compounds
  • Thanasak Poomchaivej
    Developing a Monitoring System to Determine Migration Ecology of Select Mekong Fish Species in the Fishway of Xayaburi Hydroelectric Power Plant, Northern Laos
  • Vitas Prakoso
    Translating fish passage research outcomes into policy and legislation across SE Asia 
  • Jaishree Ravindran
    Development of advanced technology for high yield dairy lactoferrin production and discovery by-products during production process and functional evaluation
  • Andrew Reid
    The maternal performance of Merino ewes with differing breeding values for wool and meat traits
  • Yogita Sharma
    Deciphering the structure and mechanistic basis of nuclear transportation of myelination associated key transcription factors 
  • Lauren Stoot
    Predicting the impacts of river development on fish movement and population connectivity: A case study on the Clarence River system
    Thesis Submitted 2024
  • Darby Taguiam
    Diagnosis and Management of Dieback in Persimmon Trees
  • Paige Taylor
    Investigating the molecular determinants for pathogenicity of Influenza A, primarily in its interaction with ANP32A through structural elucidation  
  • Khin July Win Thant
    Effect of Thermal Stratification on Water Quality in an Oberon Reservoir
  • Isara Vongluanngam
    The impact of light on the oxidative and reductive aging of wine
  • Dylan Westaway
    Assessing reptile communities across fragmented and continuous habitat: Can wild-to-wild translocation restore small lizard populations in isolated patches?
  • Chris Wilmot
    Certifying Soil Stewardship Management Practices Through the Consumer Market
  • Jessica Wyse
    Characterisation of coumestans in lucerne and their effect on fertility in beef cattle

Refer to the 2024 PhD Scholarship prospectus for more information.

  • Investigation of varietal blending for the production of lower alcohol wines
  • Exploring the socio-institutional dimensions of fish passage management in Southeast Asia
  • Exploring the human dimensions of human-wildlife co-existence
  • Understanding the underlying causes of spontaneous combustion of haystacks
  • Weed detection in mixed landscapes from images captured via drone using machine learning
  • Does prior experience of soft-release sites improve survival of re-introduced threatened native fish?
  • To determine the production and longevity outcomes of management strategies for early breeding heifers
  • Molecular approaches to understand flower visitation by the goodies and the baddies.
  • Beautiful but dangerous! Biosecurity preparedness against the spotted lanternfly
  • Broad-scale wetland vegetation responses to hydrologic variability
  • Forecasting heat exposure in outdoor environments
  • Water use efficiency modelling at the farm level (Water and Food security)
  • Improving national-scale crop assessments through farm-level soil mapping
  • Assessing risk management strategies and improving adaptation to climate change in farming system(s)
  • Stuffed Murray cod in pubs: the next generation
  • Portable Near-infrared and Smartphone Sensing Technologies for Livestock
  • Rapid In-field Smartphone-based Soil Measurement using Artificial Intelligence
  • Evapotranspiration dynamics in a changing world: consequence for food and water security
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Assessing methods to detect and identify a Myxosporean parasite in Kingfish and Mahi Mahi
  • Flexing your mussels: ecological roles of freshwater bivalves
  • Hitching a ride: the parasitic larvae of freshwater mussels & their fish hosts
  • Precision Livestock Management: Using technology to improve decision making on farm
  • Investigating bloat incidence and prevention in southern Australia
  • Understanding the basis of influenza virus species restriction
  • Regulation of key innate immune pathways by highly pathogenic henipaviruses
  • Reedbed management for a wetland enigma: the Australian Little Bittern (Ixobrychus dubius)
  • Ecology and conservation of floodplain snakes in the Murray-Darling Basin
  • The impact of feral cats on Australian lizards
  • Conservation of the northern quoll in the Pilbara
  • Evaluation of offal health using novel automated assessment technologies.
  • Understanding the role of multi-pathogen infection in bovine respiratory disease.
  • Understanding psycho-social needs of the veterinary profession and animal owners in everyday practice
  • Identifying constraints and management interventions to increase lamb survival.
  • Revealing mechanisms of NSs-mediated pathogenesis in the important livestock arbovirus Akabane virus
  • Lower alcohol full flavour beverages
  • BioSniff – Novel methods for surveillance and detection of biosecurity threats
  • Effects of seasonal thermal stratification on the disinfection by-product precursors (DBPP) and the composition of the microbial community in a drinking water reservoir - a case study in Oberon dam
  • Urban green space in rural and regional communities
  • Ripe rot of grapes in sub-tropical vineyards in Australia. Identification and epidemiology.
  • Reproductive development of hazelnuts and climate variability
  • Developing a captive breeding program for a threatened fish species
  • Citizen Science: Integrating community groups into basin-scale fish tagging and recovery programs
  • Conservation of the endangered Sloane’s froglet in managed landscapes
  • Species Distribution Modelling to predict biodiversity in future climate scenarios
  • Communicating spatial uncertainty to decision makers in environmental and agricultural science
  • Agronomic climate change adaptation strategies using simulation modelling
  • Hydrological Modelling of the Impact of Climate Change and Land-use Change on Catchment Water Balance and Water Quality
  • Improving biosecurity with visual object Identification and machine learning
  • The use of odours in animal conservation and management
  • Red Meat-Derived Glycans in Different Processing and Cooking Methods for Inflammatory Disease Prevention
  • The role of human milk oligosaccharides improves eye and vision development and health in piglets
  • Sustainability of on-farm biosecurity for improving Emergency Animal Disease preparedness
  • Optimized monitoring of Australia’s wildlife using drones (Conservation management)
  • Molecular intervention strategies to control parasitic nematode infections within livestock populations
  • Development of novel therapeutics to treat surra infected animals
  • Does fish passage mitigation at hydropower stations improve impact livelihoods, nutrition & food security?
  • Parasites of feral pigs
  • Parasites of feral deer in Australia and their impact on the other animal and public health
  • Genetic dissection of root system architectural traits in canola (Brassica napus L.)
  • The Role of Agricultural Digital Twin Technology in the Development of Precision Agriculture
  • Biosecurity in raising backyard chickens: impact on the emergence of zoonosis & antimicrobial resistance
  • Epidemiological dynamics of zoonotic Henipavirus in domestic and peridomestic animals in Australia
  • Novel Microbial Agents for Insect Pest Control / Agriculture and Environment
  • Improving soils and creating a healthy environment using pasture probiotics / Agriculture and Environment
  • Developing an in-situ, public-friendly point-of-care test to detect Kudoa spp. in Kingfish and Mahi Mahi
  • Building sustainable apple production systems through efficient crop load management and enhanced eco-credentials
  • Developing new genetic approaches to decreasing the reproductive frost sensitivity of wheat
  • Remote and Real-Time Smart Health Monitoring System for Animal
  • Identification of Genetic Markers for Biosecurity Risk Assessment and Prediction
  • Cultural Connection and Environmental Stewardship through Intergenerational Digital Knowledge Exchange
  • Integrating IoT and Geospatial Modelling for Sustainable Smart Agriculture
  • Measuring the Circular Economy: Benchmarks & Metrics to Understand the Impact of Circularity in a Real-World Setting
  • Aspects of Renewable Energy Transitions in Regional and Remote Australia
  • Developing metabolite and lipid biomarkers to select for reduced frost sensitivity in wheat
  • Improving physiological understanding and crop yield of early sown wheat in constrained environments

The Gulbali Institute is offering up to 15 PhD scholarships for outstanding research scholars commencing in session 1 (March) 2024.

Read the Gulbali PhD Scholarship Scheme Prospectus for detailed information on the varying Gulbali projects on offer.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to either:

* contact prospective supervisors on specific projects on offer; or
* pitch their own project.

Expressions of Interest are to be submitted initially using the online form.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted in October 2023.

Successful candidates are to commence admissions/enrolment applications by 6 November 2023.

For more information on Eligibility, Award Value and  Scholarship Duration.

Application timelines

Expressions of interest close 22 September 2023.


Email for general queries

Or directly to prospective supervisors as listed in the candidate project prospectus

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Additional Scholarship Opportunities

THRIIVE – International PhD Scholarships

THRIIVE - Training Hub promoting Regional Industry and Innovation in Virology and Epidemiology: Boosting Australia’s Agriculture and Manufacturing

The scholarship will work in a large research training hub project establishing a collaboration between Charles Sturt University, regional industries, and world leading national and international zoonotic virology research institutes.

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Next Generation Water and Engineering Hub

Project: Citizen Science: Integrating community groups into basin-scale fish tagging and recovery programs
Partnering with OzFish Unlimited, the student will engage with recreational fishers and First Nations people to better understand how to design and implement basin-wide scientific programs with citizen scientists. The student will establish the framework, through training and collaboration, for citizen scientists to be incorporated into basin-scale programs in a scientifically robust way which supports animal welfare considerations.

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After working for several years in the Environmental field, I was keen to get back into research and Charles Sturt University was a great place to do so. Within the Gulbali Institute there are so many interesting and diverse people and projects that inspiration is never far. As a result, my PhD supervisory team was first class - knowledgeable, supportive and included a diverse group of academics and industry leaders. The regional setting of the Institute allowed me to pursue higher education while still living comfortably, something I don’t believe I could have accomplished at a metropolitan university.

Lauren Stoot
portrait of Lauren Stoot