The Education Program has supported 50 PhD students with Melbourne Water sponsoring
18 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 are instrumental in producing a well rounded graduate who is industry ready upon completion.
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.
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.
Student scholarship packages include the following:
Student Package Cost
Masters by Coursework
Research project component only
|Masters by Research
|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
"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
Research Capability Manager
08 7424 2443
The call for sponsored project proposals is open all year round.
A primary call for Student Project Initiation Form (PIF) is placed in August and February.
Members requiring assistance connecting with researchers and universities in a similar research field are to contact Carolyn Bellamy.
Closing Date for Student Applications:
Aligning with the University Academic timelines.
Semester 1 start:
September/October preceding year
Semester 2 start:
March/April same year
Please note, some universities have enrolment intakes for three semesters