The Joint PhD program between the University of Adelaide and the University of Nottingham, UK has a limited number of fully funded PhD scholarships for up to 4 years and some travel support. The projects are scheduled to start in 2020 in the area of Sustainable Agri-Food Systems for Global Nutrition.

The Universities work closely together on many of the world’s most pressing challenges such as food security, climate change and health and medicine.

By joining the program, you will gain an international outlook and build an international network, essential in today’s globalised job market. You will also have access to the research strengths of two globally leading research-intensive universities, the University of Adelaide and the University of Nottingham, UK.

This program offers a fantastic opportunity to fast-track your international career.

How does it work?

The University of Adelaide (UofA) will be your home institution and the University of Nottingham (UofN) will be your host.

  • You will spend time at both UofA and a Nottingham campus in the UK, China (near Shanghai), or Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.
  • Your project will be co-supervised by both UofA and UofN academics.
  • Importantly, you will be eligible for training courses and additional travel grants from both institutions.
  • You’ll undertake your examination, including an oral defence at UofA.
  • Graduates of the program receive a single doctoral degree jointly awarded by both institutions.

Available projects

A range of projects are currently on offer with the first call for applications closing on 31st August. Applicants will be advised of the outcome of the selection before 30th September.

Projects include:

  • Phenotypic and genetic analysis of root traits in wheat pre-breeding germplasm for improved nitrogen-use efficiency in Australia and UK
  • Modelling and quantification of food deserts
  • Healthy plant based snacks from dry fractionated cereal and pulses
  • Understanding astringency perception to improve food quality: A novel sensory phenotype, salivary protein, oral microbiome and genetics-based approach
  • Next generation digital sensing for the food industry
  • Understanding global consumer opinions on edible insects
  • Examining the interplay between understandings of nutritional health and wellbeing for humans and companion animals: A social and ethical cross-cultural comparison
  • Building resilient cereals for future environments
  • Capsaicin food products to control appetite
  • Vitamin D and calcium food products to control gestational diabetes
  • Using hyper-spectral imaging to develop new high value wheat varieties for novel foods
  • Closing the loop in advanced protected horticulture systems: A systems approach
  • Creating digital twins of space-agriculture systems
  • Identification and exploitation of carbohydrate polymers and bioactive compounds from plant biomass
  • Optimising plant growth for space
  • Investigating new mechanisms of crop salt tolerance

Visit:  for full details of the available projects and the program.

Assoc. Prof. Christopher M Ford
Deputy Head of School (International),
School of Agriculture Food and Wine, The University of Adelaide
Tel: +61 8 8313 7386


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