The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) is an Australian Government statutory authority within the Australian Government’s Foreign Affair portfolio. The ACIAR Pacific Island strategy recognizes the importance of agriculture (including horticulture), fisheries (including aquaculture), and forestry within these countries and across the region. ACIAR is committed to support research and development (R&D) and capacity building in the Pacific to address three main thrusts:
As part of the commitment to R&D capacity building, ACIAR in partnership with USP established the ACIAR-USP Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme in 2007. The Scheme provides the opportunity for partner country students to become involved in ACIAR-supported collaborative research projects while obtaining postgraduate qualifications at USP. Currently, the Scheme includes the disciplines of agriculture, forestry, fisheries, agricultural economics and agribusiness, offering either a Master’s Degree or a PhD.
The Pacific Agriculture Scholarships and Support (PASS) Program provides scholarships and support to postgraduate students in agriculture, forestry and fisheries at The University of the South Pacific and Fiji National University. Since 2008, these ACIAR-supported research scholarships have achieved significant results, strengthening agricultural innovation systems in the Pacific.
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 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 ACIAR’s Pacific Step-up.
Scholarship program outline
ACIAR Pacific Scholar research is aligned to an ACIAR project and addresses a priority research area. ACIAR also provides an International co-supervisor who is part of the ACIAR project team. Funds to present research results at an international conference included in the scholarship.
Scholarships include PhD and MSc by research at USP and the student research grants cost is shared between ACIAR and USP.
The Australian Centre for Pacific Islands Research (ACPIR) at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), provides additional support to PASS scholars and academic staff including professional development, peer-to-peer learning, research collaboration, and higher degree research supervision training. Student work placements and career development are included under the Program to build ongoing industry connections.
Scholarships are advertised annually in September through The University of the South Pacific and Fiji National University for commencement the following year.
Pacific priority research areas
ACIAR’s 2019 Pacific Island Country consultations identified key priority research areas.
Scholarship Eligibility criteria
Outline and Criteria
Scholarships will be awarded on an 18-month basis for Masters’ students and over 3 years for a PhD candidate. Each successful recipient will be entitled to:
Allowances for students based at USP Samoa, are paid in local currency.
Below is a summary guide to your application for the scholarship.
For more information, including application forms and research proposal templates, please contact:
The University of South Pacific
Mr Josevata Cava, ACIAR-USP Graduate Officer
For further information about ACIAR(from 2 October):
Ms Mai Alagcan, Regional Manager Pacific and PNG, Suva, FIJI