HDR Scholarship - Women in STEAM PhD Scholarship

Applications now open. A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'Women in STEAM PhD Scholarship'.

Project Supervisor

Any eligible academic supervisor from Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment. Supervisory team must include one female academic. This project will be located in the same School and campus as the primary Supervisor.

Research topic

Deakin University recognises that women remain under-represented in Science, Technology, Engineering, Architecture and Maths (STEAM) – including our Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) and academic cohorts. Deakin is committed to Gender equity, diversity and inclusion, and is an active participant in the SAGE Athena SWAN program. To help promote long term change, we are offering multiple Women in STEAM PhD scholarships to support females who are seeking the opportunity to study a PhD and work on a research project supervised by at least one female academic.

These scholarships are available to prospective female domestic applicants (Australian and New Zealand Citizens and Australian permanent residents) and due to the COVID-19 pandemic restricted to International onshore (currently in Australia) applicants to conduct a research project with an academic supervisory team in any discipline area across the Schools and Research Centres of the Faculty of Science, Engineering & Built Environment.

Applicable study areas:  The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment operates across 4 campuses (Burwood - Melbourne, Geelong Waterfront, Geelong Waurn Ponds and Warrnambool) and 2 research stations (Queenscliff, VIC and Griffith, NSW).  The Faculty consists of 4 schools, each with a multi-discipline mix of teaching and research offerings and a strong emphasis on research excellence that informs our teaching programs:

  • Science: School of Life and Environmental Sciences (Biological Science, Biomedical Science, Biotechnology, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Forensic Science, Environmental Management and Sustainability, Marine Biology, Sustainable Regional Development, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, Zoology and Animal Science) including the Centre for Regional and Rural Futures (CeRRF) and the Centre for Integrative Ecology (CIE).
  • Technology: School of Information Technology (Computer Science, Creative Technologies, Cyber Security, Data Science, Software Engineering, Virtual Reality, Mathematics) including the Centre for Cyber Security Research and Innovation (CSRI).
  • Engineering: School of Engineering (Civil, Electrical and Renewable Energy, Engineering Management, Environmental Engineering, Mechanical, Mechatronics, and Mechanical Design);
  • Architecture: School of Architecture and Built Environment (Architecture, Construction Management);
  • Mathematics: modelling of any description in any of the above schools as appropriate for the project.

For general information, and to identify potential supervisors in your area of interest email Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment

Important dates

Applications close 5pm, Friday 22 October 2021


This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • Stipend of $28,600 per annum tax exempt (2021 rate)
  • Relocation allowance of $500-1500 (for single to family) for students moving from interstate
  • International students only:  Tuition fees offset for the duration of 4 years. Single Overseas Student Health Cover policy for the duration of the student visa.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be either a domestic or international candidate currently residing in Australia. Domestic includes candidates with Australian Citizenship, Australian Permanent Residency or New Zealand Citizenship.
  • meet Deakin's PhD entry requirements
  • be enrolling full time and hold an honours degree (first class) or an equivalent standard master's degree with a substantial research component.
  • self-identify as women or as gender diverse or non-binary
  • the proposed supervisory team must comprise at least one female supervisor.

Please refer to the research degree entry pathways page for further information. This is a competitive scheme, and applications will be assessed based on the prospective student academic merit and research potential, on the strategic merit and alignment with Faculty research directions of the proposed project and on the supervisory team.

How to apply

Please apply using the expression of interest form after you have contacted and received a response from a potential Deakin Supervisor. If successful at the EOI stage the Faculty will then advise if you should submit a full application.


Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact Dr Lisa Dias or Vicky Koo.

Dr Lisa Dias
Email Dr Lisa Dias
+61 3 92445972

Vicky Koo
Email Vicky Koo
+61 3 92468464