ACIAR Pacific Agriculture Scholarship Support and Climate Resilience (PASS-CR) Program

ACIAR

Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme

APPLICATIONS CLOSED!

Applications are invited for the 2024 intake of the PASS-CR Scholarship Program from suitably qualified applicants seeking to undertake a Masters by Research or Masters by Coursework (with a thesis component) or PhD at Fiji National University (FNU).

Applications open on Friday 21 July 2023 and close on Wednesday 18 October 2023

Scholarships are available from Semester 1, 2024

The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) is an Australian Government statutory authority within the Australian Government’s Foreign Affairs portfolio. The ACIAR Pacific Island strategy recognises the importance of agriculture (including horticulture), fisheries (including aquaculture), and forestry across the region.

ACIAR’s Pacific post-graduate scholarships are offered in the Pacific, to Pacific Islanders. This enables scholars to research agricultural problems within the context that the solutions need to work, to build professional networks which will be relevant post-study and remain close to family and culture.

The PASS-CR Program aims to strengthen the Pacific agricultural innovation system through building on the strengths of Pacific universities and their regional partners. It sits within ACIAR’s Pacific Capacity Building Strategy and is part of the Australian Government’s support to the Pacific.

Beginning from Semester 1, 2024 research will be in association with an active ACIAR project in the Pacific.

Successful PASS-CR scholars will have additional academic support from the Australian Centre for Pacific Islands Research, at the University of the Sunshine Coast including access to USC Library resources, HDR training workshops, student placements with a relevant agency or business and networking opportunities.

ELIGIBILITY
Applicants must be Pacific Island Country Nationals from ACIAR partner countries (Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu).

Interested applicants for Masters by Research Programs are expected to have achieved:

Masters by Research application:

  • A Bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.5 or above (FNU GPA equivalent) at level 7; or
  • A graduate diploma with a GPA of 3.25 or above (FNU GPA equivalent) at level 8; or
  • A Masters by coursework at level 9; or
  • Evidence of academic qualification and/or experience inclusive of research reports, or dissertations, or publications or other evidence that satisfies the HDRC that the applicant has developed knowledge of the field of study or cognate field and has the potential for research that is sufficient to undertake the proposed programme.

Interested candidates for Masters by Coursework (with a thesis component) Programs are expected to have achieved:

Masters by Coursework (with a thesis component):

  • A relevant Bachelor degree with a GPA of 3.0 or over

PhD:

  • A Bachelors degree with first or upper second class Honors at level 8, including a research component compromised of a thesis; or
  • A Masters degree by coursework with a GPA of 4 or above (FNU GPA equivalent) at level 9; or
  • A Masters by Research degree in a relevant discipline; or
  • Evidence of academic qualification and/or experience inclusive of research reports, or dissertations, or publications or other evidence that satisfies the Higher Degree by Research Committee (HDRC) that the applicant has developed knowledge of the field of study or cognate field and has the potential for research that is sufficient to undertake the proposed programme.

The medium of instruction at FNU is the English language. Students must be sufficiently fluent in English to pursue the HDR Programme. HDR students will provide evidence from undergraduate qualifications/other English qualifications that confirm their English language competency.

TARGETED RESEARCH TOPICS
ACIAR and FNU have worked together to identify key research topics relevant to the ACIAR project and FNU’s research interests. Applicants must address one of the pre-identified research topics in their application.

Download List of Eligible Research Topics (List-of-Eligible-Research-Topics.pdf )

SCHOLARSHIP CONDITIONS
Scholarships will be awarded on a 24-month basis for Masters’ students.

Tuition is paid directly for the relevant program of study. Allowances are:

  • books (currently FJD 750 as a one-off payment)
  • living allowance (currently FJD 21,450 per year), and
  • establishment allowance (currently FJD 1,900, as a one-off payment, if applicable).

A Research Grant of up to a maximum of FJD17,500 is available for Masters’ students.

PhD Program: Scholarships will be awarded on a 36 -month basis for PhD students.

Tuition is paid directly for the relevant program of study. Allowances are:

  • books (currently FJD 750 as a one-off payment)
  • living allowance (currently FJD 21,450 per year), and
  • establishment allowance (currently FJD 1,900 as a one-off payment if applicable).

A Research Grant of up to a maximum of FJD40,000 is available for PhD students.

APPLICATION PROCESS
Applications, including the research intent, should be completed in consultation with the prospective supervisor at FNU and corresponding ACIAR project leader or co-supervisor.

To check your eligibility and for further information about the ACIAR PASS-CR Program, including how to apply and a list of potential projects and research topics please contact:

  • For inquiries about ACIAR PASS-CR of an academic nature including a list of potential projects and research topics, please contact Dr Archibold Bakare (E-mail: archibold.bakare@fnu.ac.fj)
  • For general inquiries about the terms, conditions and application process for the ACIAR PASS program, please liaise with Professor Paul Ade Iji (E-mail pvc-r@fnu.ac.fj).

Application forms and details of the scholarship can be downloaded by clicking on the link below:

Online Briefing Sessions

Online briefing sessions about the program, how to apply, meet the project leaders and how to put together a research proposal will be held to support you through the application process. Dates and registration links are provided below:

A Zoom Q&A session will be held on Friday 28 July 2023 at 11 am FJT for anyone interested to learn more.
Please register at the following link to attend:
https://usc-au.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0sdOyrpj4sHNPM15j6yoo2YsMLxwKNxf8l

A Zoom Project Showcase, where you can meet the Project leaders and learn more about the projects and research topics, will be held on Friday 11 August 2023 at 12pm FJT.
Please register at the following link to attend:
https://usc-au.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0pdOCrqz8sHtLgl5zcbbf7Hj5xrmT5f5C2

Research Proposal Training will be held on Friday 25 August 2023 at 12pm FJT to support applicants to put together their research intent and future research proposals.
Please register at the following link:
https://usc-au.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0rcOurrj0jEtBctYA2BQ0HRhcaxyLsjF3C

For further information about ACIAR’s Pacific work, please contact:

Ms Mai Alagcan, Regional Manager Pacific and PNG, Suva, FIJI
Email: CountryPacific@aciar.gov.au

Applications Close at 5pm FJT on Wednesday 18 October 2023