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Scholarship details

2023 RTP round - Agrochemical behaviour in planta

Status: Open

Applications open: 8/07/2022
Applications close: 18/08/2022

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About this scholarship

Diseases are a major cause of crop damage worldwide and most are caused by plant pathogenic (disease-causing) fungi. Fungicides are are a class of pesticides used to protect crops by specifically inhibiting or killing a fungus causing disease. Unlike human medicines, fungicides usually need to be applied before disease occurs or at the first appearance of symptoms to be effective.

Little is known about the lifespan of fungicides inside plants, what each fungicide is bio-transformed into or how environmental conditions or plant species affects the rate and type of biotransformation. Understanding the longevity and efficacy of fungicides in plants will improve our ability to protect crops from disease.

We will use a sensitive mass spectrometer (an OrbiTrap Exploris 120) to monitor fungicide survival, movement and efficacy in various plant species to better understand which fungicides are the best to use for a given crop and disease. Farmers spend significant sums of money in pre-disease crop protection and whether a treatment was worthwhile or not remains unknown; only when no fungicide is used or a treatment fails will disease symptoms be seen. This makes it difficult to determine both value-for-money and success. 

An Internship opportunity may also be available with this project.

  • Future Students
  • Faculty of Science & Engineering
    • Science courses
    • Engineering courses
    • Western Australian School of Mines (WASM)
  • Higher Degree by Research
  • Australian Citizen
  • Australian Permanent Resident
  • New Zealand Citizen
  • Permanent Humanitarian Visa
  • Merit Based

The annual scholarship package (stipend and tuition fees) is approx. $60,000 - $70,000 p.a.


Successful HDR applicants for admission will receive a 100% fee offset for up to 4 years, stipend scholarships, valued at $28,854 p.a. for up to a maximum of 3.5 years, are determined via a competitive selection process. Applicants will be notified of the scholarship outcome in November 2022. 


For detailed information, visit: Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships | Curtin University, Perth, Australia.

Scholarship Details


All applicable HDR courses

We are seeking applicants with basic biochemistry experience or preferably undergraduate organic chemistry. There is no need for prior experience in plant biology. 

Application process

If this project excites you, and your research skills and experience are a good fit for this specific project, you should contact the Project Lead (listed below in the enquires section) via the Expression of Interest (EOI) form.

Enrolment Requirements

Eligible to enrol in a Higher Degree by Research Course at Curtin University by March 2023


To enquire about this project opportunity that includes a scholarship application, contact the Project lead, Professor Josh Mylne via the EOI form above.

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