PhD and Masters Program

PhD and Masters degree projects are currently available to be conducted at your choice of sites across the CRC network and in faculties and departments best suited to the project area. Flexible opportunities are also available for industry-based professionals seeking high level research qualifications while maintaining their current profession. To see the full list of potential PhD projects click here.


Preference will be given to students intending to enroll at the CRC partner institutions: The University of New England in Armidale, NSW; Deakin University, VIC; Murdoch University, WA; The University of Western Australia; and The University of Tasmania.


Exciting opportunities also exist for projects to collaborate with leading commercial and R&D organisations, including Australian Wool Innovation and Meat & Livestock Australia.


The scholarships will provide a tax-free stipend of $30,000 (Masters) or $30,000 (PhD) per annum for two or three years respectively.  The CRC also offers supplementary stipends to students eligible for other government or private agency scholarships, to achieve a stipend total of $30,000. The Sheep CRC also offers scholarships for the Graduate Certificate in Rural Science (Agricultural Consulting). For more information. The CRC for Sheep Industry Innovation is a collaboration between Australia's leading sheep research, education and commercial institutes.


It aims to lead industry in the transformation of wool, meat and the sheep that produce them, to improve sheep enterprise profitability, sustainability and business appeal.


The Sheep CRC portfolio is targeting both genetic and non-genetic factors affecting wool and meat quality and quantity, as well as integrated management systems, sheep reproduction and parasite control. Adoption-focused research is also a priority for our postgraduate program.


Integrated research programs link studies of wool science, meat science, microbiology, biochemistry, physiology, growth and nutrition, molecular and quantitative genetics and marketing, adoption and electronic sheep management systems in a framework of sheep industry issues.


Applications are welcome year-round and will be assessed bi-annually in competitive rounds. Download the application form and award conditions.


For further information please contact Dr Graham Gardner at Murdoch University - Ph: 08 9360 2264 or email

DownloadPostgraduate Application Form (80 KB)

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Breeding Merino sheep that can withstand harsh summers across southern Australia without losing weight is a step closer to reality. Such sheep could potentially reduce feed costs and the risks of running livestock in areas of high seasonal variability and boost ewe reproductive performance and lamb production. Sheep Cooperative Research Centre (Sheep CRC) post-graduate student Gus Rose has found that Merino ewes can be bred... Click Here To Read Full Article »

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