HDR Scholarships for domestic and international candidates

HDR Scholarships for domestic and international candidates

This page lists scholarships which are offered for domestic and international students. Please go to the discipline area (department) and click the scholarship required to reveal its details.

Biological Sciences

Biomedical Sciences

Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences

Cognitive Science

Clinical Medicine


Environmental Sciences



Macquarie University Centre for the Health Economy

Molecular Sciences


Science and Engineering

Project Name

Synthetic Biology: Engineering of bacteria to convert sugars into hydrogen gas

Project Description

TWO full-time postgraduate scholarships, funded through the ARENA R&D Program "Renewable Hydrogen for Export”, are on offer to undertake research studies leading to a PhD. The research project will be focused on the engineering of bacteria to efficiently and rapidly convert sugars from various renewable sources into hydrogen gas. The PhD candidates will be responsible for experimental design and execution; including, design of genetic componentry, genetic reprogramming/metabolic engineering of bacteria; and the genomic, proteomic and metabolomic analysis of new strains.

The scholarship opportunities are available to suitably qualified candidate with a background in synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology, or a related field.

About Us

The Department of Molecular Sciences (MolSci@MQ) is a research intensive department of academics and students who study and teach chemistry and molecular cell sciences. The focus of our academics is at the exciting molecular science interfaces with chemistry, biology and materials. Our students gain cross-disciplinary perspectives while developing discipline specific skills in chemistry and biomolecular science.

We apply this philosophy of studying “molecules to cells” to achieve a sustainable environment, understand health and disease, develop materials and advance new molecular technologies.

Research and teaching strength in molecular science includes analytical chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology, cellular biology, medicinal chemistry, microbiology, molecular biology and genomics, synthetic biology, organic/inorganic synthesis, proteomics, protein chemistry, physical chemistry.


Robert Willows
Louise Brown

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake a direct entry 3-year PhD program. Applicants can be International or Domestic (Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or New Zealand citizens).

The scholarship is comprised of a Tuition Fee Scholarship and a Living Allowance Stipend. The value and tenure of the scholarship is an “iMQRES” full-time stipend rate of $27,596 per annum (in 2019 tax exempt for up to 3 years - indexed annually).

How to Apply

New applicants to Macquarie University will need to complete the Online HDR Candidature and Scholarship Application via the Online Application System and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Further information can be found on the How to Apply page.

Current applicants with a successful offer less than 12 months old and currently enrolled Macquarie University candidates:

  • MUST submit a Scholarship Only Application form (available under our forms website) with supporting documents to hdrschol@mq.edu.au
  • Include any additional documentation/research output
  • MUST indicate the allocation number under the scholarship details question
  • MUST include ID number and full name in the email subject line and attach the application and supporting documentation in ONE PDF document

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance and preferably, additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the allocation number on your application.

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