Domestic Agribusiness Scholarships in 2021

If you are passionate about economic, political, environmental, and social issues affecting global food systems, consider a postgraduate degree in Global Food and Agricultural Business at the University of Adelaide.

For all intakes in 2021, University of Adelaide alumni have the opportunity to receive a 50% discount on their tuition*, while other domestic applicants can receive a 20% discount*. This is the best possible time to upgrade your qualifications or make the shift into the growing and vital sector of agribusiness.

The Centre for Global Food and Resources (CGFAR) is establishing a Scholarship for Australian Full-fee paying students commencing the following programs in 2021:

*To see if you meet the eligibility criteria and to see the scholarship rules, refer to Scholarship terms and conditions.

This is a great opportunity for you to develop the conceptual and practical skills necessary for agribusiness management in an increasingly complex global food and agricultural marketplace. Whether you are interested in the public or private sector, the program opens up a broad range of possible career paths. This includes agribusiness enterprises large and small, government departments, research centres, international funding agencies, agricultural consultancy services, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

  • Training much needed future leaders in Global Food and Agriculture
  • Accessible price point, particularly through a time of uncertainty
  • Flexible learning modes utilised to better suit students’ needs
  • Supporting life-long employability

To find out more go to the program page or contact globalfood@adelaide.edu.au.

PHD POSITION – Pest and disease modelling in grain cropping systems

Understanding pest and disease dynamics within farming systems and the ability to relate incidence and seasonal conditions to grain yield loss is a clear and present challenge for the agricultural science community. Currently, management of many pests, diseases and weeds in crops relies on an estimated economic damage threshold. The threshold is used to help identify when a pest population should be reduced to prevent yield loss.

However, this approach does not consider the environment, the timing of pest control in relation to crop development, the pest lifecycle or the economic cost to future crops. Further, in many farming systems, the decision to control a pest or disease outbreak is required before the economic threshold is reached, in which case identifying and forecasting drivers for epidemics can support and improve the outcomes of pest and disease control decisions.

In contrast to traditional reactive approaches, this project will develop a proactive forecasting approach, providing end-users with the ability to plan and holistically manage pest populations well before any economic damage thresholds are attained.

Funding

The successful applicant will be awarded with a Commonwealth RTP scholarship valued at approximately $27,500 AUD/year (tax-free) for 3.5 years.

Eligibility

  • The candidate must have an Honours Class 1 or equivalent and an IELTS score of 6.5 or greater.
  • The candidate will be required to relocate to Brisbane, Australia, for the duration of the PhD.

Questions may be directed to:

Dr Matthew Harrison
Senior Scientist
Tasmanian Institute for Agriculture,
University of Tasmania
Australia
Matthew.harrison@utas.edu.au

Additional information on the project can be found here.

Regional Collaborations Programme COVID-19

Grants of up to A$10,000 are available to support digital collaborative research projects with Asia–Pacific regional partner economies for Australian early- and mid-career researchers.

The Australian Academy of science invites applications for the Regional Collaborations Programme COVID-19 digital grants. The grants will support projects that utilise digital methods of collaboration to address shared regional challenges that either directly or indirectly relate to the COVID-19 pandemic response and recovery in the Asia–Pacific region.

A total funding pool of over $250,000 will be shared between early-career (up to 10 years post PhD) and mid-career (up to 15 years post PhD) researchers. The projects are expected to commence after recipients are announced in early 2021 and must conclude by 31 January 2022.

This funding initiative is part of the Australian Government’s Global Innovation Strategy, under the National Innovation and Science Agenda.

APPLICATION DEADLINE—9am (AEDT) Monday 14 December 2020

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