Travel scholarships offered for selected PhD students

PHD STUDENTS wanting to expand their studies and research in field crops through overseas travel are being invited to apply for a Farrer Memorial Travelling Scholarship.

The Director General of Department of Primary Industries and Farrer Memorial Trust Chairman, Dr Richard Sheldrake, said the scholarships were designed to support and encourage postgraduate students enrolled in a PhD on any aspect of field crop research.

"The Farrer Memorial Trust was established to perpetuate the memory of William James Farrer, a plant breeder, and to provide encouragement and inspiration to those engaged in agricultural science," he said. "These travel scholarships can be used to further students' study and can include attendance at an international conference.

"As a guide, travelling scholarships will normally be awarded up to the value of $5000."

Applicants must be a postgraduate student enrolled for a PhD on any aspect of field crop research and be a citizen or permanent resident of Australia.

"It is essential applicants justify why support for overseas travel is being sought, the likely benefits and a budget explanation for the level of funds requested," Dr Sheldrake said.

"Applicants should visit relevant research centres as part of their itinerary, and they should include a CV, a detailed itinerary, details of their research to be presented at the conference and a supporting statement from their supervisor."

Recipients will have to provide a detailed report of their activities on their return.

Travel is to be undertaken between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014.

Applications, with a covering letter, must be lodged through the dean of the student's Faculty of Agriculture to reach the Secretary, Farrer Memorial Trust, GPO Box 5477, Sydney, NSW 2001, by Friday, May 17, 2013.

Topics:  agricultural education education scholarships

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