Scholarship applications close on the 15 of October

For the 2020 intake, applicants must be eligible for direct entry into the Masters by Research Program. This means an applicant should have completed a relevant degree from USP with a GPA of 4.0 or completed a PG Diploma with a GPA of at least 3.0. If you do not have either of these you will not be considered for the scholarship.

It is imperative that interested applicants work on a research project that is related to an active ACIAR project in the Pacific. There are projects available in the areas of Agribusiness, Agricultural Systems Management, Crop Improvement and Development and Management, Forestry, Fisheries, Soils Management and Horticulture. The full list of projects that can potentially host students can be accessed by visiting the ACIAR-PACIFIC 2020 Listing.

Applicants can message project leaders directly through the contacts provided in the ACIAR-PACIFIC 2020 Listing. Applicants can also email the ACIAR Graduate Officer (GO) at who will then contact the project leader on the applicants behalf to get the process started.

For students studying a Master’s by Research in Agriculture, it is expected that they will be based at the Alafua Campus in Samoa. Students studying aquaculture or Environmental Studies will be based at the Laucala Campus in Suva.

The ACIAR Scholarship application is different from the USP Postgraduate admission form. It is expected that students apply for USP admission separately from the scholarship application. An offer of scholarship does not automatically guarantee a place at USP.

Dependent allowance refers to a spouse or child (under the age of 18) that is totally dependent on the scholarship recipient for financial support. If a successful applicant relocates his or her family to a new campus then they would be eligible for dependent allowance.