KAU-TILLIKO PhD Scholarship

Closing Date: 30 January 2021Apply Now

PhD Scholarship

The Kau-tilliko PhD Scholarship is a donor funded scholarship established by Joss De Iuliis following the success of his own innovative land management technics. The research will draw inspiration from an emerging network of people who see the need for regenerative agriculture and sustainable land management in Australia today, and believe that the knowledge and practices of Indigenous Australians will prove invaluable in that process. In the context of climate change, the engagement of Indigenous people and increasing the use of native species are both seen to be vital in the coming years.

Within that framework, the PhD will give specific focus to the potential for the products of pyrolysis, biochar and wood vinegar, to improve seed germination, plant health, soil quality (especially the carbon content) and crop yields. Opportunities will be explored to enhance microbial activity, build soil carbon, increase water and nutrient retention, improve pest resistance and generally build drought and climate resilience.

The PhD scholarship recipient will be supported by the Office of Indigenous Strategy and Leadership to enable connection to Indigenous students and communities with proper consideration and recognition for the sharing of Indigenous cultural knowledge.


  • How do agricultural and land management practices in Australia need to change to avoid dangerous climate change, eco-system degradation, and food insecurity?
  • What can we learn from the knowledge and land management practices of Indigenous people?
  • What added value might be created through appropriate application of pyrolysis and its products?
  • What research and field trials need be done to develop innovative products and practices?
  • How can this be turned into business opportunities for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people?
  • How do we manage knowledge and IP for mutual benefit and with mutual respect?

PhD Scholarship details

Funding: This scholarship provides a benefit of $28,092 per annum (2020 rate) indexed annually up to a maximum of 3.5 years (full-time equivalent) for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) candidate. The successful applicant must commence within four months of being awarded.

Supervisor: To be advised

Available to: Domestic students


Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply for this foundation scholarship, you will:

  • Be an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander;
  • Meet the minimum eligibility criteria for admission a University of Newcastle PhD program;
  • Not hold another University of Newcastle donor-funded or sponsored scholarship concurrently; and
  • Submit a completed Expression of Interest form and required documentation no later than the application closing date

Application Procedure

Please ensure that you review the Kau-tilliko Scholarship Conditions prior to preparing your application for this scholarship. As part of your application you will need to provide:

  • A completed Kau-tilliko PhD Scholarship Expression of Interest form.
  • Copies of your Higher Education qualification transcripts and completion certificates.
  • Confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander status as outlined in the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • Establishing Status within the University Policy.

Any applicant that does not submit the required documentation above by the application closing date will not be considered for selection.

Please send the email expressing interest to Beti.Georgievski@newcastle.edu.au by 5pm on 30 January 2021.

Applications Close 30 January 2021 Apply Now

Contact Beti Georgievski
Phone +61 2 4921 7785
Email Beti.Georgievski@newcastle.edu.au

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