AusAid PhD Scholarships in Agriculture for Africans

PhD Awards in Agriculture

Course(s) Offered: Agriculture
Course Level: Graduate (PhD)
Provider: Australian government
Country to Study in: Australia

Scholarship Description
The Australian Government is offering 15 PhD-level Australian Development Scholarships for the 2012 Intake (i.e. for a PhD that would begin in January 2012). The scholarships are for study in Australia at Australian Universities although it is preferred that any field research is undertaken in Africa.

Female applicants and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Every applicant is expected to make a formal commitment to return to their current employment following completion of the award.

To be eligible for this scholarship award:
  • You must meet the general minimum eligibility criteria for Australian Development Scholarships (see official site via link below), including Australian tertiary institution entry requirements (in most cases this will require that candidates possess an Australian recognised Masters Degree or equivalent).
  • You should have a minimum of 2 years relevant post-Masters work experience with your current employer or an employer of equal relevance to your proposed field of study.
  • Fieldwork is required to either be Africa-based (preferred) or in an Australian field location with direct applicability and transferability to a relevant African context.
  • You must be willing to make a formal commitment to return to your current employment following completion of the award.
  • You must have English proficiency of a standard at least equivalent to IELTS 6.5 (if required, English language proficiency testing will be arranged and paid for by the Australian Government if you are short-listed for a selection interview).
  • You must be no more than 50 years of age at the date of application.
  • Female candidates are encouraged to apply. People with a disability are encouraged to apply.
Eligible groups
Citizens of the following countries:
Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda

Participating Institutions
All approved universities and institutions of higher learning in Australia.

It is important to note that ALL field work / researches are preferably undertaken in Africa. If undertaken in Australia, field location must have direct applicability and transferability to a relevant African context.

Fields of study
Doctorate level studies and field researches in the field of Agriculture

Number of awards
Up to fifteen (15) awards

Sponsorship duration
Throughout the duration of the programme

Scholarship benefits
Scholarships cover airfares to Australia, tuition fees, medical cover, a living allowance and a return airfare to your country of citizenship/residence in Africa in order to carry out fieldwork/research, a contribution to research costs (CRC), and yearly reunion airfares (where applicable).

Method of Application
Check the country-specific page for details on whether your country receives scholarships, and if so, what category of scholarship is offered. Visit the official website (link to it is below), and from the Home Page, click on “Select Your Country” and follow the link on that page to the type of Award for which you wish to apply.

It is expected that opportunities for 2015 PhD Awards in Agriculture will be advertised in 2013 for eligible African candidates. The application form and further information will be available through the official website in September 2013. Link to the official website is accessible below.

Every application must be submitted on or before the 31st of July 2011

Female applicants and people with disabilities are STRONGLY encouraged to apply.

Study in Australia is subject to the successful applicant being issued with a visa by the Australian Department of Immigration & Citizenship (DIAC). As part of the visa application process, immigration authorities require candidates to undergo a full medical examination including a chest X-ray and an HIV/AIDS test.

Information about priority sectors, target groups and compliance criteria for the scholarships is outlined in the attached ‘Desired Applicant Profile’.

The official website (link to it is below) contains all the information you need.

If you have a specific question to which you cannot find an answer on the website you can contact GRM-Australia Awards (the Managing Contractor engaged by the Australian Government for the administration and logistical management of the Australia Awards program) directly by sending an e-mail to

Application Deadline: 31 July 2011
Open to International Applicants: Yes

Further Scholarship Information and Application

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