Digital Agriculture PhD Supplementary Scholarship



Agriculture of the future will be digitally integrated at all stages of the value-chain, from understanding genetics and real-time monitoring of on-farm conditions, through to transport logistics and traceability. CSIRO and ANU are partnering to offer exciting opportunities for PhD students to work with scientists and engineers at the cutting edge of research to address industry challenges, through the application of information science in the agricultural sector.

Students will work along side leading research scientists and engineers in first-class facilities, and will also have access to professional development opportunities to enhance their career development while building industry relevant skills and working on real-world problems.

Each year the ANU College of Science (CoS) and the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) may offer a limited number of awards known as the Digital Agriculture PhD Supplementary Scholarship (Award).

Funding for this Award has been provided by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Data61 powerhouse. CSIRO’s Data61 is Australia’s leading data innovation group. Their mission is to create Australia’s data driven future by building the world’s leading data-focused research and innovation powerhouse.

The objective of this Award is to provide funding for outstanding candidates to pursue a PhD program in Science, Engineering or Technology at the ANU, where the focus of their research is on a collaborative project between CSIRO and the ANU in the field of information science relevant to the agriculture domain.

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Scholarship details

Supplementary Scholarship of $15,000 per annum, (fortnightly payments). Duration of 3 years. Extension 1 x 6 month with approval.

Research Support Allowance (with approval) $5,000 to fund incidentals including professional development and research-related travel.

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Project topics

You can view the full list of topics currently available under this scholarship program here.

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Eligibility

The Award will be available each year to a prospective or continuing, (within 6 months of enrolment), domestic or international student who:

a) is enrolled or enrolling full-time in a program of study for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the field of Information Science relevant to the Agriculture domain, based in the either the ANU College of Science or the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science; and

b) will be undertaking research for CSIRO / ANU projects under a Collaboration Agreement; and

c) has demonstrated First class honours (H1), or equivalence; and

d) has signed a Student Agreement with CSIRO, unless otherwise agreed in writing with CSIRO; and

e) must not be in full-time employment; and

f) is the recipient of an AGRTP or equivalent HDR base stipend, or is approved to hold this Award as a bridging scholarship.

International applicants must have the appropriate immigration approvals to allow them to take up the scholarship.  The successful student must be residing in Australia in order to commence their PhD and take up the Supplementary Scholarship.

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Ongoing eligibility

a) The recipient is required to remain enrolled full-time in a program of study for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at the Australian National University in the program for which the Award is offered.

b) A part-time Award may be offered or approved if the recipient has reasons acceptable to the University which preclude full-time study for part or all of the program of study. In such cases the University must be satisfied that the reasons relate to caring commitments, a medical condition, a disability or other circumstance which limits the recipient’s capacity to undertake full-time study.

c) Recipient must continue to hold an ANU approved HDR base stipend scholarship.

d) The award cannot be transferred to another institution.

e) The award can only be transferred to another program, research project or supervisor if the new arrangement continues to meet the Objectives of the Award and on the Approval of the Associate Deans.

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Assessment criteria

  • Academic Merit:  The quality of the student is critical to the assessment of the scholarship and candidates must hold (or expect to gain) a relevant first-class honours (or equivalent) degree from a recognised university;
  • Quality and relevance of the proposed project:  The research must be aligned with one of the advertised project topics;
  • Support of nominated project supervisors:  The willingness of both nominated CSIRO and ANU supervisors to endorse the student’s application; and
  • Referee Reports: Two academic referees must be provided.

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How to apply

Prior to applying, candidates should ensure that they have:

  1. emailed [email protected] to outline the project(s) of interest and request supervisor details for the chosen topic(s);
  2. made contact with the project supervisors to discuss the research, and have obtained agreement from both the CSIRO and ANU supervisors to supervise their PhD project;
  3. completed the Application Form; and
  4. applied for admission or been accepted to study a PhD program at ANU.

The Application Form requires candidates to:

  • provide a brief outline of the project, demonstrating alignment with the chosen project topic;
  • discuss how their skills and knowledge meet the project requirements;
  • outline their longer-term career aspirations and how this program will help to achieve them; and
  • provide the names and contact details of two academic referees.

Completed Application forms should be be emailed to [email protected] before the closing date.

Applicants wishing to be considered for more than one project should complete and submit a separate application form for each topic of interest

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Applications close

Sunday, 29 November 2020 (11.55 pm AEDT).

Please note that applications for the base scholarship have now closed.

If you have already applied for the ANU base scholarship, you can apply for the Digital Agriculture PhD Supplementary award until 29 November 2020.

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Notification of Award

Expected mid-December 2020.

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Contacts

Martin Amidy [email protected]