Applications are now CLOSED
Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for the Pacific Scholarship for Excellence in Research & Innovation (PSERI) to undertake a Masters degree or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) by research only at The University of the South Pacific (USP).
The awards are tenable from early 2023 and may be held in any member country of the USP.
Generic Research Areas
The University is keen to fund interdisciplinary projects that fall within its Strategic Research Themes which are all underpinned by Innovation, Empowerment & Sustainability:
Specific Research Areas
The academic Schools, Departments, Institutes and Centres at The University of the South Pacific are organised into 6 academic units. These are:
An interdisciplinary centre that focuses on climate change and sustainable development is the Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PACE-SD). For details on specific areas of research that these institutions support in this current round of funding, please visit their websites.
Benefits and Conditions
A PSERI award in 2023 will comprise of the following:
All amounts are in Fijian dollars.
These scholarships are for full-time study only. Awardees are not permitted to be in paid employment during the tenure of their awards and will be required to work a minimum of 40 hours per week for the entire year on their research. Scholarship holders will also be expected to contribute to ongoing teaching in their respective faculties for a maximum of eight hours per week only during semester time.
Research Degree at USP
Masters awards will be for 18 months for applicants who have completed their Postgraduate Diploma, 24 months for applicants who have completed their Undergraduate Degree only and PhD awards for 36 months. Applicants for a Masters degree should normally have completed a Postgraduate Diploma (or equivalent) while applicants for a PhD should have completed a Masters by thesis degree. The University recognises that there are special circumstances in which some applicants without these pre-requisites may be eligible for enrollment in these degree programmes. More details can be accessed in the University Calendar at www.usp.ac.fj/publications.
Applicants must be citizens of a USP member country, and preferably be 35 years or younger for Masters studies and 45 years or younger for PhD studies at the time of application to be considered for the scholarship. Applicants for the Pacific Scholarship for Excellence in Research & Innovation under the Master’s programme must have a grade point average [GPA] of at least 3.5 at the undergraduate level. Applicants who also have a Postgraduate Diploma GPA of at least 3.5 will be given preference, however, this is not necessary. Applicants for PhD are required to have completed a Master’s degree by thesis.
Completed applications must be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “PSERI 2023 Application – [Your Name]”.
Emailed applications must include:
*Applicants may discuss their applications with a potential supervisor.
Closing date for applications is 5th January, 2023 by 11.59pm.
Queries regarding the scholarship can be emailed to email@example.com or to:
Research Student Coordinator