$33,854 UQ 2022 PhD Scholarship: Human Exposure and Accumulation of Plastics

Written by David on April 3, 2022

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

  • Country of the Scholarship

  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

    Ph.D. scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

    > 12000
  • Type of scholarship administrator

  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

  • Expenses covered

  • Scholarship Contact Details

    St Lucia QLD 4072, Australia

What happens to our bodies once we are exposed to micro and nanoplastics is one of the most intriguing aspects of this research. An investigation into the destiny of micro and nanoplastics after exposure by eating or inhalation is the goal of this study. It is expected that the student will work with surgeons from partner hospitals to collect human biomonitoring samples (such as tissue and blood) and assess the accumulated levels of micro and nanoplastics, in addition to determining their fate in the body.

Professor Kevin Thomas and Dr. Cassandra Rauert will supervise the student’s research at the University of Queensland’s Minderoo Centre for Plastics and Human Health, which was co-founded by the Minderoo Foundation. The Minderoo Foundation will provide placements for the candidates to gain experience in science communication and regulation, as well as critical thinking, method development for novel applications, project management, data management and analysis, writing and communication.


About the Scholarship:

Queensland’s flagship public institution, the University of Queensland (UQ), is a model of academic growth and innovation in the Australian capital city. More than one hundred years after its founding in 1909, the University of Queensland (UQ) continues to provide high-quality instruction and is consistently listed among the world’s best universities by a number of respected independent organizations. According to the rankings from QS, U.S. News, and CWTS Leiden, UQ is among the world’s top 50 institutions, while the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities places UQ 39th overall. More than 50,000 students make up the university’s student body, therefore it provides a wide range of extracurricular activities and events. The Student Employment Centre at the University of Queensland (UQ) helps students find internships, work experience, and full-time employment. There are annual programs of workshops and networking events provided by the award-winning service which help students make connections with the university’s alumni and professional partners. In the Good Universities Guide 2020, personnel qualifications, teaching quality, and learning resources are rated at the best possible level for UQ. There are more national teaching awards given to this university than any other in Australia. About 20,000 students from 140 countries attend the university, which promotes a varied and inclusive learning environment. In recent years, the University of Queensland (UQ) has earned a solid reputation for graduating students with strong leadership skills who go on to have a lasting impact on the world around them. Graduates of the University of Queensland are sought after by companies because of their hard work and dedication to their craft.  The University of Queensland has opened a world-class makerspace, putting it among the top 50 universities in the country for students who want to learn by doing. UQ Innovate, the university’s brand-new makerspace, is the largest of its kind in Australia. For prototype and manufacturing, there is a 1200 square meter workshop equipped with state-of-the-art equipment. Industrial robots, vacuum formers, waterjet cutters and 3D printers are some of the tools available. An executive dean of UQ’s faculty in technology indicated that these new facilities would provide students a competitive advantage in the job market when they graduate. The university’s major role is to instill in its students the self-belief and ability to meet the difficulties of a rapidly changing global environment. For this reason, we now have the ability to pique their interest so that they may develop sustainable solutions that are cutting edge today and in the future,” he said. These teams from UQ Racing and UQ Space have utilised university expertise and infrastructure to construct national-level rockets and racing vehicles “Our team was able to accomplish a lot in the last year thanks to the resources and support at UQ,” said Myrthe Snoeks, director of UQ space and engineering and arts student. “We were able to win the 2019 Australian University Rocket Competition thanks to the new makerspace.” Another quote from Myrthe is, “With the opening of these new facilities, we have the resources we need to tackle even more intriguing and complex projects, with the objective to go further than any Australian university team has gone before.” The University of Queensland’s 280,000 graduates form a vibrant global network spanning more than 170 nations, with over 15,400 PhDs among them. With its six faculties, eight internationally renowned research institutes, and more than 100 research centres, the University of Queensland attracts an interdisciplinary community of more than 1,500 scientists, social scientists, and engineers who are committed to continuing UQ’s tradition of research excellence. Gardasil®, the cervical cancer vaccine; the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program; world-leading MRI technology; the discovery of the new disease HBSL; and the development of microalgae as a green-power biofuel are just a few of the accomplishments of our research team. UQ is also the first major institution in the world to be powered entirely by renewable energy, thanks to a A$125 million solar farm on its campus. Universitas 21 is a global consortium for massive open online courses that includes just three Australian members. It is also a founding member of the Group of Eight (Go8) and one of three Australian charter members of the global edX consortium for massive open online courses (MOOCs). Our research, work-integrated learning, and connections prepare students for fascinating jobs in a variety of industries. Participation in our career resources and networking events, as well as the UQ Employability Award program, are all opportunities for you. Aside from that, there are chances for exchange study at more than 150 partner institutions in 34 countries, as well as membership in more than 220 social, sporting, and academic organizations and societies. The University of Queensland has three campuses in South East Queensland. Brisbane, the state capital, is home to the St Lucia and Herston campuses, as well as the St Lucia and Herston campuses. Located on the Pacific Rim, with rainforests, mountain ranges, and beaches all on our doorstep, it boasts a population of 2.4 million people and is a regional hub for industry and investment in the Asia–Pacific region, as well as significant events and education.


Scholarship Sponsor(s):  The University of Queensland

Scholarship Country:  Australia

Scholarship Worth: $33,854

Study Level: Postgraduate

Nationality: International Students


Scholarship Offer: 

$28,854 per year, adjusted yearly, in 2022. Additionally, a yearly top-up of $5,000 can be obtained.


Eligibility for Scholarship.

Your application will be evaluated on the basis of its competitiveness. We take into consideration your:

  • previous academic record (previous academic record)
  • a record of publication
  • honors and distinctions
  • a description of one’s previous employment
  • Someone working on this project would benefit from having a working knowledge of wet chemistry procedures for extraction of environmental/biological materials, as well as familiarity with the analysis of samples for trace organic compounds, among other things.
  • In the fields of environmental science, analytical chemistry, or a comparable background, you will demonstrate academic achievement as well as the potential for scholastic success.
  • An understanding of mass spectrometry techniques, such as liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (LC-MS) and gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC-MS), as well as a background or knowledge of these techniques is extremely useful.
Students from a variety of nations can benefit from hundreds of scholarships, bursaries, and other forms of financial assistance provided by the United Kingdom government.  Of all the scholarships offered is the Public Health Scholarship in United Kingdom. With a degree in healthcare, you may broaden your knowledge and improve your abilities.


The UQ 2022 PhD Scholarship: Human Exposure and Accumulation of Plastics is open to all International Students 


Application Procedure

  • In order to be considered for this scholarship, please send Dr Cassandra Rauert ([email protected]) the necessary documents by email:
  • Letter of intent
  • CV
  • a copy of your diploma or transcript
  • Proof of English language competency, such as the TOEFL or IELTS, required by UQ.


Application Deadline

The application deadline for UQ 2022 PhD Scholarship: Human Exposure and Accumulation of Plastic  Is April 15, 2022 . It is worthy of note that the UQ 2022 PhD Scholarship: Human Exposure and Accumulation of Plastics is renewable every year.

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