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 - https://access.grdc.com.au
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|
|Operating||$10,000||$10,000 (contributed by the institution)|
|Additional travel or training||$5,000|
GRDC Priority Areas
Scholarship applications will be considered in the following areas of priority to the GRDC and its stakeholders.
|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.|
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:
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:
Understanding the biology, ecology and severity of:
Understanding the epidemiology of Stemphylium blight in faba bean as basis for the development of a control strategy
as they effect field crops and stored grains
Frequently Asked Questions
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?
Can I get an extension if due to any number of reasons I am unable to submit my application by the due date?
- you meet other eligibility criteria;
- you demonstrate the additional outputs that your scholarship will produce separate from that of the current project in which are employed; and
- you don’t continue to be remunerated full-time from your current project. You need to indicate this in your application.