1 March 2019.


Armidale, Australia.

(Partially Funded)


University of New England – UNE PhD.I Research Award Scholarship

The UNE PhD. Innovation Research Award (UNE PIRA) Scholarship is offered to top quality international candidates who wish to enrol in the Doctor of Philosophy (Innovation) (PhD.I) research degree at UNE.

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The student will be required to undertake the first and last year of study on campus at UNE. The second and third years will be undertaken in the home country, conducting research within the candidates’ industry/professional context. Successful candidates must be able to provide evidence of their embeddedness in an appropriate industry/professional context, which could include support from government or non –government agencies, aid organisations or industry. This industry/professional partner must be willing to provide funding and material support for the research candidate and their project.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Agribusiness
  • Agriculture
  • Business
  • Food security
  • Agriculture technology
  • Agriculture production
  • Agriculture production technology
  • STEM education
  • Market Chains
  • Animal Production
  • Adoption and Scaling Out
  • Socioeconomics
  • Gender

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

4 Years.

  • The Awards are for a maximum duration of 4 years. The first and last year are to be undertaken at UNE, with the second and third year being completed in the candidate’s home country.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • Following the first year undertaken at UNE, successful applicants must be willing to fund annual travel to UNE for the second and third year for a minimum period of six weeks of their candidature.
  • Candidates must hold either a Masters, Bachelor’s degree with Honours, or other equivalent qualifications.
  • To gain entry as a candidate, you will need to show evidence of research and professional experience and/or publications that can satisfy the University that you are able to complete the research qualification.
  • Successful candidates must be able to provide evidence of their embeddedness in a suitable industry context, which could include government or non–government agencies, aid organisations or industry. This industry partner must be willing to provide funding and material support for the research candidate and their project.
  • Applications are assessed on academic merit and research potential.
  • Applicants must have an overall IELTS of 6.5 with no sub-band less than 6.0.
  • Applicants must complete an “Expression of Interest (EOI)” for the PhD.I prior to completing a candidature or scholarship application.
  • All scholarship applicants must have applied for HDR Candidature at the University of New England.
  • This scholarship opportunity is available to students applying for the PhD (Innovation) only. Students applying for a PhD are not eligible for this scholarship.

Opportunity Cost

(Partially Funded)

  • The UNE PIRA provides a stipend of AU$27,596 per annum, course tuition fees and single Overseas Health Cover.

A UNE IPRA does not cover:

  • Overseas Health Cover for the award holder’s spouse and dependants.
  • Visa fees.
  • Travel and medical costs associated with visa application or renewal.
  • The cost of English Language Testing or tuition fees for bridging or English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS).
  • Costs associated with overseas fieldwork.
  • The University of New England Student Services and Amenities Fee (The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) is charged to students for services and amenities of a non-academic nature, such as sporting and recreational activities, employment and career advice, child care, financial advice and food services).

Note: Find out more about Student Services and Amenities Fee from here.

How to Apply

First Step: Complete an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the PhD.I by uploading the following documents Submit your EOI through the AskUNE:

  • Expression of Interest form.
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • Birth certificate, certificate of citizenship or passport.
  • Previous academic transcripts.
  • Testamur for previous study.
  • Proof of English Language.
  • Letter of Support from an Industry/Professional organisation.

Second Step: Determine Your Research Topic and discuss your proposed research with either the Head of School or prospective supervisor.

Third Step: Find a prospective supervisor from this link.

Fourth Step: Submit the candidature application here after filling it and adding your referees informations.

Fifth Step: After receiving your offer, download the scholarship application here and fill it.

Note: Applications may be submitted online, by mail or by fax:

  • Online: Via the AskUNE website.
  • Mail: Research Services  Directorate – TC  Lamble Administration Building – University of New England –  Armidale – NSW 2351 – Australia.
  • Fax:  +61267733543.

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This Scholarship Published by:
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Reviewed by” Noha Elbehery/ Egypt 
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