Nitrogen fertiliser use in the Tasmanian dairy industry

Nitrogen fertiliser use in the Tasmanian dairy industry: Managing N surpluses to support a more sustainable future

Degree type

PhD

Closing date

30 August 2021

Campus

Cradle Coast

Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore

Scholarship

$28,597pa for 3.5 years

About the research project

Growth of the Tasmanian dairy industry has involved an increasing use of synthetic nitrogen (N) fertiliser to achieve high levels of pasture production. Continued use at these unsustainable levels poses a threat to the environment and to maintaining social license. The proposed research will explore the means of reducing N surpluses and the factors influencing motivation for change. Understanding and addressing the human and social capacity required to support sustainable farming communities in relation to future N fertiliser use is essential to bridge the gap between science and regional change.

Primary Supervisor

Meet A/Prof Richard Rawnsley

Funding

The scholarship supporting this project provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $28,597 per annum (2021 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years;
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000;
  • a tuition fee scholarship for up to 4 years (successful domestic applicants will be awarded an RTP Fees Offset and successful international applicants will be awarded a University of Tasmania Fees Offset)

The scholarship supporting this project is funded by the University of Tasmania and the Australian Government through the Research Training Program.

Eligibility

The project is open to domestic (Australia and New Zealand) and international applicants who are already in Australia (onshore) at the time of submitting their application.

Due to current Australian COVID-19 travel restrictions the University cannot accept applications from International applicants who are currently overseas.

Applicants should review the PhD minimum entry requirements.

Selection Criteria

The project/scholarship is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select your project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, A/Prof Richard Rawnsley, if you have any questions about the project; and
  3. Click here to submit an application by the closing date listed above.
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • As part of your application you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including 2 x referees and your project research proposal.

Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email by the advertised outcome date.

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