The CRCNA holds annual scholarship funding calls.  The next funding call will be between August - October 2022.  

Register your interest in our PhD scholarship

Types of scholarships

The CRCNA offers the following scholarships 

  1. CRCNA PhD scholarship
  2. AgriFutures Horizon scholarships - undergraduate

1. CRCNA Postgraduate scholarship

The CRCNA's Postgraduate (PhD) scholarships are available to students who have been awarded a Research Training Program (RTP) stipend (formerly known as an Australian Postgraduate Award) or equivalent (such as a NHMRC grants).

The CRCNA's PhD scholarship is a maximum amount of $15,000 (ex GST) per annum for a maximum of three (3) years.

The CRCNA may provide additional support for operating and travel costs for the student at our discretion. 

The student must demonstrate how their proposed research is aligned with the work of the CRCNA.

2. AgriFutures Australia Horizon Scholarships - undergraduate 

The CRCNA has partnered with AgriFutures Australia to support the AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship.

The AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship is awarded to students studying an agriculture-related undergraduate degree or a Science, Technology, Engineering, Math/Finance (STEM) degree with relevant majors which align to agriculture.

This scholarship supports students enrolled in full time study at an Australian university by providing:

  • A bursary of $5000 per year for the final two years of your degree
  • Professional development workshops
  • Annual industry work placements aligned with the scholar’s areas of interest and their sponsor’s industry
  • Opportunities to network and gain knowledge at a range of industry events.

More information about this scholarship is available here.

Important considerations

  • Priority will be given to students and universities whose area of research and delivery of the outcomes of this work will benefit northern Australian agricultural, health service delivery and Traditional Owner-led businesses.
  • CRCNA PhD Scholarship holders are encouraged to continue submitting applications for RTP Scholarships ( or equivalent). 
  • The CRCNA may consider other types of scholarship or capacity building activities on a case-by-case basis.
  • CRCNA Scholarship stipend payments will be administered through the university where the student is enrolled.
  • The university must endorse the application.
  • The Agreement will be between the CRCNA, the respective university and student.
  • It is the responsibility of the Scholarship recipient to determine the tax status of the stipend.


To be eligible for a CRCNA Postgraduate Scholarship you are required to:

  • be Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia or international students with student visa enabling enrolment full time at an Australian university.
  • have funding to pay any tuition fees not covered by the CRCNA support
  • be assessed by the enrolling university to have met all conditions for admission to the CRCNA PhD program, including English language requirements for international students.
  • have research subject areas aligned with the objectives of the CRCNA and have a clearly articulated research question and approach related to this research focus
  • not hold the degree of Doctor of Philosophy or have submitted work to the university or any other institution in fulfilment of the requirements for a degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

CRCNA supported student obligations

The CRCNA is focused on delivering value and providing support for students, researchers and producers that are involved in the CRCNA’s Education Program. As such students:

  • are expected and encouraged to attend an annual CRCNA professional development workshop
  • are to be involved in the relevant CRCNA project meetings aligned to their research
  • are provided the opportunity to participate in additional professional development and contribute to these as appropriate
  • will seek approval from CRCNA and their respective university if they intend to vary their enrolment
  • will apply themselves diligently and to the best of their ability to the successful completion of their degree 
  • must adhere to the contractual obligations of the CRCNA and their respective university or training provider.

Application process

The CRCNA holds an annual call for scholarship applications. We are no longer accepting scholarship applications for 2020/21.

We will open our 2021/22 scholarships late 2021.

  1. Complete and submit the Scholarship Application form. If the form has been successfully submitted you will receive email confirmation. 
  2. The CRCNA will assess your application, and you will be informed within four weeks of receipt of application.
  3. If you are applying for a CRCNA ‘top-up’ scholarship you must indicate the Australian Government Research Training Programs (RTP) scholarship status (approved, awaiting application assessment, non-RTP).
  4. The CRCNA Education Program Coordinator will work with you and your university to execute the relevant agreements.
  5. We will provide you with an induction package that includes policies related to publications, presentations, use of CRCNA and project partners’ logos, communications and reporting on commencement.


Carla Keith
Education Program Coordinator