PhD Studentship (Dr. Michelle Yap Khai Khun)

PhD Scholarship Opportunity: 

Monash-Industry Palm Oil Research Platform (MIPO) is pleased to be offering a fullscholarship for a Ph.D. project that addresses one the key challenges facing the palm oil industry. Self-motivated individual with excellent analytical, organizational and problem-solving skills are highly encouraged to apply.


Palm oil is the most produced and affordable vegetable oil in the world. It feeds billions of npeople globally, especially those from the developing world. Therefore, palm oil is essential for ensuring global food security. ​Recently, the presence of process contaminants, esterified monochloropropanediol (2-,3-MCPD) and esterified glycidol compounds (GEs), in processed food products have raised much concerns internationally because they have been identified as possible carcinogens. These compounds have also been found in palm-based products because the compounds can be formed during processing, especially in the presence of precursors such as chloride compounds and diacylglycerides at high processing temperature. This project aims to understand the formation of process contaminants and to develop mitigation strategy to reduce, if not eliminate, them during palm oil processing.


You must meet the minimum admission requirements (academic and English language proficiency) for the relevant research degree. In general, this is equivalent to a First Class Honours of a four-year bachelor degree programme from a recognised university in relevant areas (e.g. chemical engineering, food science and technology, chemistry, etc.). Individuals with a Master degree or relevant research experience on top of the minimum admission requirements are strongly encouraged to apply.


The Ph.D. scholarship covers 100% of the tuition fees, plus a living allowance of RM2,600/month (up to 42 months of candidature).

Application Process:

To apply for the scholarship, applicants can email their CV with their academic transcript, English language proficiency test result, and publication (if any) to Ms.Mohanapriya Iyadorai ( application will be closed once a
suitable candidate has been identified to undertake the project.

For PhD requirements, please refer to this link: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

For English requirements, please refer to this link: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)