Through our Education Program, the CRCNA aims to provide a range of activities, educational experiences and professional development opportunities for PhD Scholars, Masters and Undergraduate students as well as those students undertaking studies in vocational institutions, such as TAFE. The CRCNA Education Program is about developing, supporting and retaining research skills and capacity across northern Australia in the areas of:

  • Agriculture and food (including aquaculture)
  • Northern health service delivery
  • Traditional Owner-led business development (in the above areas)

Types of scholarships

The CRCNA will offer four (4) types of scholarships/ bursaries:

  1. CRCNA ‘top-up’ scholarship for students who have received the Australian Government’s Australian Government Research Training Program(RTP) Stipend Scholarship.  Additional funding will include funds for tuition (where the maximum amount hasn’t been secured)  and operational expenses to bring total scholarship value to $50,000 per annum (exclusive of GST), over three years.
  2. CRCNA full PhD scholarship for those students who have been unsuccessful in applying for RTP but who have been deemed suitable to undertake a PhD research program which has demonstrated impacts in northern Australia. This full scholarship will include tuition and operational expenses to the value of $50,000 per annum (exclusive of GST), over three years.
  3. CRCNA bursary for workplace development, training and professional development. Students can apply for funding up to $15,000 per annum (exclusive of GST) to support short courses for northern Australian researchers to up-skill or update qualifications. Bursaries may also be used to pay for training or conferences or other professional development opportunities.  Students must complete Bursary Application to be considered and clearly articulate how the short course or training opportunity will benefit their professional development.
  4. CRCNA vocational or undergraduate bursaries will provide work experience or internship opportunities in northern Australia for vocational or undergraduate students. Students must complete the Undergraduate and Vocational student bursary application to be considered for this funding.

Other considerations

  • CRCNA PhD Scholarship award holders are expected to continue submitting applications for RTP Scholarships.
  • The CRCNA may consider other types of scholarship on a case-by-case basis.
  • CRCNA Scholarship stipend payments will be administered through the university where the student is enrolled.
  • It is the responsibility of the Scholarship recipient to determine the tax status of the stipend (i.e. exempt or assessable).

View current PhD Scholarship opportunities

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Carla Keith
 07 4401 5035