AgriFutures Australia Indigenous HDR Scholarship – Indigenous Agriculture

The project will explore the use and science of indigenous agriculture practices in southern NSW and the associated cultural aspects in conjunction with the Indigenous communities.

Indigenous students with a four-year Honours degree or three year qualification with research experiences in Agriculture or Science are invited to apply for this scholarship to address the scientific and cultural underpinning of First Nations agriculture in Australia. Aspects may include cool burning, biodiversity preservation, native foods, science including food science, technology, Indigenous agricultural policy or sociology and agribusiness.

  • Eligibility

    To be eligible to receive the scholarship applicants must be:

    1. Enrolling as a HDR Indigenous Australian student
    2. Commencing a PhD or Masters in 2022
    3. Conducting their research on a full-time basis only
  • Award value

    The scholarship provides the following benefits:

    Stipend: This scholarship is valued at $43,854 per annum, payable in fortnightly instalments. This includes a $28,854 per annum base stipend as well as a stipend top-up valued at $15,000 per annum.

    Tuition Fees: Fee exemption for a period equivalent to four years (eight sessions) for PhD or two years (four sessions) for Research Masters at full-time study.

    Operating Funds: Scholarship candidates are allocated an allowance of $20,000 per annum to assist with the reimbursement of costs associated with a candidate’s research.

  • Scholarship duration

    The scholarship is tenable for four years for PhD studies (4 years FTE tuition fee coverage and 3 years FTE for stipend and operating funds allowances), and two years for Research Masters studies subject to satisfactory progress.

    An extension of up to six months may be granted for PhD candidates (stipend and operating funds components only), where the candidate is making satisfactory progress and the grounds for the extension relate to the study and are beyond the control of the candidate.

    Scholarship candidates are entitled to 20 paid annual leave working days per year and 10 paid sick leave days per year, however are not eligible for paid primary parental care leave or additional personal leave.

  • How to apply

    Applicants will need to apply for enrolment.

    Prospective Higher Degree by Research candidates can apply for the AgriFutures Australia Indigenous HDR Scholarship - Native Foods when completing their Charles Sturt course admission application. When given the option to apply for a scholarship select 'Yes'; 'Full-time AGRTP' and 'Other'. Under 'Other' enter AgriFutures Australia Indigenous HDR Scholarship - Cool Burning.

Application closing date

Applications close 5.00pm AEDT 30 June 2022.


Professor Jim Pratley
Email: jpratley@csu,edu,au
Phone: 0411 262 478