ACIAR Pacific Agriculture Scholarships and Support and Climate Resilience (PASS-CR) Program

 Here is a fully funded scholarship opportunity for students from selected countries in the Pacific Islands.  The scholarship is called  Pacific Agriculture Scholarships and Support and Climate Resilience (PASS-​CR) Program.

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This program  provides scholarships and support to postgraduate students in agriculture, forestry, and fisheries at The University of the South Pacific (USP) and Fiji National University (FNU). Since 2008, ACIAR has supported research scholarships at Pacific Universities.  The scholarship program has achieved significant results, strengthening agricultural innovation systems in the Pacific. 

ACIAR Pacific post-graduate scholarships are offered in the Pacific, to Pacific Islanders.  This enables scholars to research agricultural problems within the context that the solutions need to work, to build professional networks which will be relevant post-study and to remain close to family and culture.

The PASS-​CR Program aims to strengthen the Pacific agricultural innovation system by building on the strengths of Pacific universities and their regional partners.  It is part of the Australian Government’s support for our Pacific neighbours.  

Scholarships Program

The scholarship program is available in the following

  • Masters  (24 Months )
  • PhD         (3 years0 
Participating Pacific Universities
  • University of South Pacific (Fiji)
  • Fiji National University (FNU)
Fields of Research and Study

 note the following priority project areas for the 2023 PASS-CR program:
  • Soils are a priority area for USP and students aligned to an ACIAR Soils project will be considered a priority.
  • Forestry is a priority area for FNU and students aligned to an ACIAR Forestry project will be considered a priority.
  • Projects which consider issues of gender, social systems, youth engagement, food systems and climate adaptation will also be welcome at both universities.
Scholarship Benefits
Tuition is paid directly for the relevant program of study. Student research grant costs are shared between ACIAR and USP or FNU. Funds to present research results at an international conference are included in the scholarship.

Scholarships are aligned to ACIAR research projects, this includes the provision of an international co-supervisor who is part of the ACIAR project.

Scholarship criteria
  1. Applicants must be a citizen of and currently reside in Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, or Vanuatu
  2. Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for postgraduate study at USP or FNU
  3. Applications must be aligned to active or upcoming ACIAR research projects and must address a nominated thesis research question from the supplied list.
  4. Applicants must be able to meet government and university-mandated requirements for travel to Fiji for study at FNU or USP Laucala, or Samoa for study at USP Alafua.
Application Process.
The application processes and requirements on the application forms, visit the official website link provided below.

Application Due dates
Applications Close – 5pm FJT, Wednesday 19 October 2022

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