GRDC Research Scholarship

The GRDC is focused on delivering value to Australian grain growers. To achieve this, the GRDC seeks to build research capacity through the GRDC Research Scholarships for post-graduate study.

The GRDC Research Scholarships (GRS) are available to undertake post-graduate research in areas of priority for the GRDC and the Australian grains industry. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of the:

  • Academic excellence of the applicant
  • Relevance of proposed research to the GRDC priority, and
  • Evidence of industry contribution or involvement

If you have any questions please contact us or read the FAQ further down this page.


The Scholarship Awards are offered based on a set of eligibility and selection criteria. Details can be found on the Current Procurements page.

Please note – this year, the GRDC has widened the eligibility criteria to include both:

  • applicants who qualify for a Commonwealth funded Research Training Programs scholarship (RTP);
  • applicants who do not qualify for a RTP but have demonstrated commitment to grains R&D and are likely to return to the Australian grains industry.


Applications will be submitted through the Grains Investment Portal -

Key things to note:

  • The application must be completed by the student (as opposed to the supervisor)
  • Submission of application must be through the Grains Investment Portal
  • The institution must endorse the application
  • The contract will be between the GRDC and the institution
  • It is anticipated that the GRDC will fund 8 GRS in this round.


For those candidates who achieve a RTP scholarship, the GRDC will offer a top up scholarship to the value of 75% of the base RTP, $5,000 per annum travel to attend conferences, workshops or skills development, and $10,000 operating.

For those candidates who don’t receive a RTP scholarship, the GRDC will offer a scholarship at 75% of the combined value of base RTP and the GRDC top up. The institution will need to contribute at least $10,000 operating which includes travel.

  With RTP Without RTP
ScholarshipRTP $27,082  
GRDC $20,312 $35,545
Operating $10,000 $10,000 (contributed by the institution)
Additional travel or training $5,000  
Total $62,394 $45,545
GRDC investment $35,312 $35,545

GRDC Priority Areas

Scholarship applications will be considered in the following areas of priority to the GRDC and its stakeholders.

Area Description

Remote sensing


Calibrating spectral reflectance data for the detection of nutrient disorders, crop diseases and abiotic stress.


Image analysis techniques and algorithms to map temporal production constraints and aid tactical crop agronomy.


Affordable, reliable and intuitive systems to convert crop sensor information into yield optimisation prescriptions and crop threat alerts.

Grain quality


Improved and affordable technologies for on-farm grain quality testing and supply chain traceability.

Applied crop physiology


Characterising the effect of abiotic stresses (frost, chilling, heat and drought) on:

  • crop growth;
  • development (phenology);
  • water-use;
  • canopy development;
  • phase development; and/or
  • yield components.

Soil constraints


Reducing the cost of soil constraints such as sodicity; acidity; salinity; soil compaction; or poor soil structure.

Nutrient use efficiency


Developing more efficient nutrient application techniques and technologies to:

  • improve the availability and cycling of nutrients;
  • better match nutrient availability to crop growth and root activity;
  • increase nutrient use efficiency.

Crop protection


Understanding the biology, ecology and severity of:

  • Rutherglen bug in no till grain farming systems
  • Phytoplasma disease in legume crops


Understanding the epidemiology of Stemphylium blight in faba bean as basis for the development of a control strategy



  • field ecology of weeds;
  • weed biology including dormancy;
  • epidemiology of diseases;
  • invertebrate pests;
  • nematode taxonomy;
  • mechanisms, inheritance and evolution of chemical resistance (herbicide, fungicide and insecticide) by biotic threats to the Australian grain industry

as they effect field crops and stored grains

Frequently Asked Questions

I am an overseas student studying at an Australian University. Am I eligible to apply?

I am due to finish a bachelor’s degree in science, agriculture or a relevant discipline at an Australian University at the end of this year. Am I eligible to apply?

As a supervisor am I eligible to apply for any of the scholarships in anticipation of attracting a student later?

What awards are considered equivalents of Research Training Program award?

Can I get an extension if due to any number of reasons I am unable to submit my application by the due date?

How do I demonstrate industry input or involvement in my project proposal?

I did not achieve a 1st Class or upper 2nd Class honours, am I eligible to apply for GRS?

Can I submit more than one application?

I am currently employed in a GRDC project, am I eligible to apply for a GRS?

Can I discuss my research idea with the GRDC prior to submitting my application?

Can I apply for scholarship to study part-time?

I have a RTP, what is covered under the addition travel training amount?