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Sponsor Information

The Education Program has supported 50 PhD students with Melbourne Water sponsoring
1
8 PhD students to kick-start their research career.

 

Nine PhD students completed in 2017-18 with all nine students finding employment within the water sector.

 

 

Relevant information is detailed below
Click here for link to the application process and forms

The WaterRA Education Program invites organisations to sponsor PhD, Masters and Honours research projects that directly benefit their organisation's business needs and provides connection to universities supporting high calibre students. The WaterRA scholarship package provides professional development activities that is instrumental in producing a well rounded graduate who is industry ready upon completion. 

Benefits to Industry Members

  • Applied research specific to your business needs
  • Access to high quality students that are supported by a WaterRA mentor program
  • Research provided through Australia's leading Universities
  • Researcher (University) linked to your organisation
  • Students not included in headcount
  • Low risk for the organisation
  • Opportunity for capacity building within your organisation
  • National and international exposure through student presentations and publications
  • Highly cost effective, flexible funding options

 

Investing in the future of water in Australia

Research is an investment in the future. It benefits the water industry, regulators and, most importantly, the community. We need high calibre research to improve operational practice and water industry guidelines, respond to emerging issues, and ensure the continued supply of safe water for our communities.

The water industry is facing an impending skills shortage. How can we ensure access to the expertise needed to deliver safe water, and value for money, to customers?

Water Research Australia’s Education Program invests in Australia’s future water research capacity by funding and supporting a range of scholarships for water-related PhD, Masters and Honours projects in chemistry, biology, engineering, environmental studies and social sciences. The program builds on the strong foundations of its predecessors, the CRC WQT Education and Training and WQRA Education Programs.

WaterRA is seeking sponsorship support for this highly successful program. Sponsors will gain both practical and reputational benefits from their engagement in the program, as well as contributing to the industry and research sector’s research skills base.

High quality and relevant student projects

Sponsor funding supports student research projects which address knowledge gaps in the water industry. Collaboration and industry relevance in project design is encouraged for students to gain direct exposure to water industry issues. WaterRA provides networking, mentorship and professional development support.

The Capability Development Program is managed by an Education Committee (EdCom), with representation from industry and academia. The EdCom ensures a rigorous assessment process is followed to select outstanding students, and that student projects align with the high priority research issues identified by WaterRA members.

Flexible funding model

  • Payment can be made as one full amount in year 1 or divided as agreed over financial years ie: For PhD package =
    year 1 $17K, year 2 $11K and year 3 $11K.                         
  • Additional operating allowance can be funded via the student project therefore not attracting university overheads.
  • Payments can me made in advance from surplus end-of-year budgets and quarantined for the project.

Benefits of scholarship packages

  • WaterRA scholarship projects provide a relatively low-cost and well supervised mechanism for your organisation to have key research issues addressed.
  • WaterRA facilitates significant interaction between the student and industry participants, providing a potential future employee for the industry and an opportunity to assess students at low risk to your organisation.
  • Through sponsorship, organisations have the opportunity to work collaboratively with other WaterRA research and industry members.
  • Sponsor organisations have the opportunity to become more engaged with the next generation of water industry professionals.
  • Sponsor organisations gain recognition for their contribution towards building research capability for the water industry.

Student scholarship packages include the following:

 

Project /
Period

Student Package Cost

(ex GST)

Value
Honours
1 year
 $17,000
  • Stipend ($7,000)
  • Operating allowance ($3,000)
  • Professional Development Activities ($5,885)
    • Orientation Day (incl travel, accommodation, catering, satchel, polo shirt and resources etc)
    • Attendance at one WaterRA Conference
    • AWA Membership
    • Registration for AWA & YWP events
    • Final Presentation to WaterRA members (incl travel, accommodation and catering etc)
  • WaterRA Management costs ($1,115)

Masters by Coursework
1 year

Research project component only

$17,000
  • Stipend ($7,000)
  • Operating allowance ($3,000)
  • Professional Development Activities ($5,885)
    • Orientation Day (incl travel, accommodation, catering, satchel, polo shirt, resources etc)
    • Attendance at one WaterRA Conference
    • AWA Membership
    • Registration for AWA & YWP events
    • Final Presentation to WaterRA members (incl travel, accommodation and catering etc)
  • WaterRA management costs ($1,115)
Masters by Research
2 years
$29,000
  • Stipend ($10,000) overall ($5K pa)
  • Operating allowance ($10,000) overall (inc conference support)
  • Professional Development Activies ($5,000)
    • Orientation Day (incl travel, accommodation, catering, satchel, polo shirt and resources etc)
    • AWA Membership
    • Registration for AWA & YWP events
    • Final Presentation at a student forum (incl travel, accommodation and catering etc)
  • WaterRA management costs ($4,000)
PhD
3 years
$39,000
  • Stipend ($15,000) overall ($5K pa)
  • Operating Allowance ($15,000) incl $5,000 conference support
  • Professional Development Activities ($5,000)
    • Orientation Day (incl travel, accommodation, catering, satchel, polo shirt and resources etc)
    • AWA Membership
    • Registration at AWA & YWP events
    • Final Presentation at a student forum (incl travel, accommodation and catering etc)
    • Mentor meetings
  • WaterRA management costs ($4,000)
Education Program support $5,000 Contribution towards a WaterRA PhD scholarship package
Education Program support $2,000

Contribution towards a WaterRA Honours scholarship package

All sponsored students will be considered for the Nancy Millis Memorial PhD scholarship and the
Michael R Moore Memorial Honous scholarship

 

 

"I was fortunate to receive a PhD top-up scholarship from the CRC WQT education program. While the top-up provided greater guarantees around funding to conduct research, the less tangible aspects of the program continue to yield benefits, even today.

One of the strengths of the program is the development of long lasting industry networks, both locally and nationally. Through these invaluable relationships, I developed an early appreciation of the opportunities and challenges the industry offers. This aspect, along with industry mentoring, leveraged my exposure and prospects for future employment. The support, encouragement and resources I received from the CRC WQT were exceptional, and undeniably the foundation for building my career in the water industry. It is a privilege that I now find myself as interim CEO of WaterRA, and have the opportunity to give back to the organisation that supported me so much as a student."

Dr Will Buchanan, 2016

 

 

 

 

WaterRA Contact for
Education Initiatives

Carolyn Bellamy

Research Capability Manager
 08 7424 2443
carolyn.bellamy@waterra.com.au

Key Dates for scholarships

The call for sponsored project proposals is open all year round.

A primary call for Student Project Initiation Form (PIF) and student applications opens in August.

Members requiring assistance connecting with researchers and universities in a similar research field are to contact Carolyn Bellamy and to submit a PIF by 30 September.

 

All other PIFs and Student Applications are due: 

Closing Date: 31 October
Aligning with the University Academic timelines.

 

Please note, some universities have enrolment intakes for each semester.