HDR Scholarship - Women in STEAM PhD Scholarship

Applications now open. PhD scholarships available.

Project Supervisor

Any eligible academic supervisor from Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment. Supervisory team must include one female academic

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 and (Australian and New Zealand Citizens and Australian permanent residents) and International offshore and 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. Additional funds may be available to support fieldwork, conference or collaborative travel during candidature.

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).
  • 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.

Important dates

Expression of Interests (EoI) need to be submitted by 5 pm, Friday 16th February 2024.

Full applications close 5 pm, Friday 1st March 2024


This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • Stipend of $34,400 per annum tax exempt (2024 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. 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
  • have a least one Deakin female academic from the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment listed on the projects supervisory team

Please refer to the research with science, engineering and built environment webpage for further information.

How to apply

The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment has an on-line Expression of Interest form that must be completed and approved prior to submitting a formal application. Applicants are encouraged to have contacted and received a response form a potential Deakin supervisor prior to completing the on-line Expression of Interest form.

All applicants must have an approved EoI and have submitted a full application on the online HDR Application Portal with all necessary documents by 1st March 2024.

Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact Dr Lisa Dias or visit Research with science, engineering and built environment | Deakin