Australian Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship


Applications now open: Australian Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship

Every person on earth depends on agricultural systems to meet their daily needs for food and clothing. By 2050 there will be 2 billion more people on earth. Research into agricultural systems could help ensure that future Australian and global food and fibre needs are met sustainably.

The Australian Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship (ASAS) is an exciting initiative of CSIRO and the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) at the University of Tasmania (UTAS).

CSIRO's Sustainable Agriculture Flagship and TIA invite candidates to apply for an Elite (top-up) scholarship to tackle this pressing issue through a PhD, with the support and mentoring of CSIRO's global leaders in agricultural research.

Eligible research under these scholarships will expand multi-disciplinary knowledge of the interactions and trade-offs between the biophysical, social, economic and institutional components of agricultural and food systems, and expand our knowledge of how these interactions contribute to sustainability. See the Guidelines for more detail.

The scholarships provide $16,666 per year for 3 years up to a maximum of $50,000, consisting of a stipend of $7500 per year with the remaining funds available for research, operating and travel. Up to 11 of these scholarships are available for students commencing between 2014 and 2017.

2017 ASAS Guidelines & Application Form (PDF 3.8MB)


Applicants should already have, or expect to receive a base scholarship, such as an Australian Postgraduate Award, Australia Award, Endeavour, or alternative. This is a 'top-up' scholarship, providing additional support to outstanding students.

Potential Projects

The below projects are potential topics for study within the ASAS. If you are interested in a specific listed project, please contact the supervisors.

NB: This list is not exhaustive, and we encourage scholarship applicants to develop their own projects, in collaboration with potential supervisors.

Project 1: Identifying and responding to site-specific spatial and temporal variation in biotic and abiotic stress in perennial fruit crops (PDF 192kb)

Project 2: Multi-criteria assessment of livestock systems in Australia and Sweden (PDF 84kb)

Contact Officer

Candidates are expected to discuss their application with potential University of Tasmania and CSIRO supervisors before formally applying. This process can be initiated by communicating with the program Contact Officer, who can answer general questions and link the applicant with potential supervisors.

The Contact Officer for the scholarship program is:

Dr Karen Barry
Senior Lecturer, School of Land and Food

Private Bag 98 Hobart Tasmania 7001 Australia
Telephone + 61 3 6226 2636 or 0400929258

Lodgement of Applications
All applications should be sent in electronic format (PDF) to:

Due Date

Applications can be submitted at any time.