Southern NSW Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub Scholarship

The Southern NSW Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub is looking for a prospective PhD candidate.

Are you interested in gaining a doctoral qualification, while working with primary producers and industry partners? Are you interested in delivering new ways of thinking that help producers and communities vulnerable to drought become more resilient and to flourish? Would you like to receive a stipend of $28,854 per annum (tax free*) while you undertake your research?

  • Research areas

    The Hub receives funding from the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund and is offering PhD scholarships for research projects that align with the Future Drought Fund's overarching mission, and which align with one or more of the questions/areas outlined below.

    • What does drought resilience look like in the Southern NSW context?
    • What is co-design of agricultural solutions and what does it look like?
    • What are the major barriers to the adoption of new farming practices in the Southern NSW context?
    • What are the major barriers to end-user engagement in the co-design solutions to on-farm problems in the Southern NSW context?
    • How can Indigenous land management practices be applied to enhance drought resilience in the Southern NSW context?
    • How can regenerative farming outcomes be achieved to improve drought resilience throughout Southern NSW?
    • How can extension & adoption systems, capabilities and capacity be transformed in southern NSW?
    • What attitudes do primary producers have to the adoption of environmentally beneficial practices in the Southern NSW context?
    • Which already developed solutions could be applied to greatest economic, social, cultural and environmental benefit in the Southern NSW context?
    • How can the mental health needs of primary producers and regional communities be met during times of drought and drought recovery?

    Prospective candidates will need to apply via a competitive process (see ‘how to apply’ below).

  • Eligibility

    To be eligible to receive the scholarship applicants must be:

    1. Commencing a PhD in 2022
    2. Australian or New Zealand citizens or Australian permanent residents
    3. Conducting their research on a full-time basis only.

    There is a strong preference that applicants currently reside within and undertake their research within the Hub footprint.

    Candidates could be embedded within the non-university partners in the Hub so that they can closely engage with end-users. It is recommended that at least one non-academic professionals/partners are included as co-supervisors.

  • Award value

    The scholarship provides the following benefits:

    Stipend: This scholarship is valued at $28,854 per annum, payable in fortnightly instalments. Indigenous Australians may be eligible to receive a stipend of $36,957.64 per annum.

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

    Operating Funds: Scholarship candidates are allocated an allowance of $2,500 pa to assist with the reimbursement of costs associated with a candidate’s research.

  • Scholarship duration

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

    An extension of up to six months may be granted (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, 10 paid sick leave days per year and may be eligible for up to 12 weeks paid primary parental care leave and additional personal leave.

  • How to apply

    To apply, applicants need to submit completed copies of the

    • Initial Research Outline form;
    • Supervisor Scholarship Application Endorsement form (to be completed by their proposed principal supervisor);
    • A copy of their transcript from their highest relevant qualification; and
    • Up to 400 words in support of their application, which includes confirmation of their current place of residence and that they are a domestic candidate.

    Assessment criteria:

    • Alignment of project with hub objectives (20%)
    • Quality of research proposal (20%)
    • Candidate academic merit/ Research and/or Professional Experience (20%)
    • Quality of supervisory team/research environment (20%)
    • Potential for candidate to provide a long-term contribution to drought resilience in the Hub footprint beyond completion (20%)

    Applications should be emailed to

Application closing date

Applications close 5.00pm AEDT Friday 23 December 2021.

* Note: Whilst every effort has been made to comply with Section 51-10, Item 2.1A Income Tax Act (1997) so that the stipend is not taxable in the hands of recipient, no further guarantee can be given by CSU. It is the responsibility of individual candidates to seek their own taxation advice.