We provide specific scholarship opportunities to support knowledge and research relating to primary industries.

Farrer Memorial Travelling Scholarship

The Farrer Memorial Travelling Scholarships are designed to support overseas travel to attend an international conference at which a paper or poster is being presented.

As a guide, travelling scholarships will normally be awarded up to the value $5,000.

No Scholarships will be awarded in 2021 due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

The members of the Farrer Memorial Trust agreed at the AGM held 31 March 2021 that no Farrer Memorial Travelling Scholarships would be awarded in 2021 due to the current restrictions to travel caused by COVID-19.

Once international travel has reopened with certainty the scholarships will recommence with the funds set aside for the 2021 scholarships to be reallocated to 2022.

If international travel is still an uncertainty in 2022 the criteria and guidelines of the scholarship will be reviewed.

Scholarship Criteria

Applicants must be a:

  • Postgraduate student enrolled for a PhD in any aspect of field crop research; and
  • A citizen or permanent resident of Australia.

Student applicants should include their curriculum vitae, a detailed itinerary, proposed budget for the trip, details of their research to be presented at the conference, and a supporting statement from their supervisor.

A detailed report on the conference and visits to research centres is to be submitted to the Farrer Memorial Trust and the NSW Department of Primary Industries on their return.

For additional information on the Trust go to Farrer Memorial Trust or contact the Secretary of the Trust via email:

Peter Cullen Postgraduate Scholarship

The NSW Government has developed a postgraduate scholarship in honour of the late Professor Peter Cullen AO FTSE.

The program is jointly funded by various NSW Government water agencies, including DPI Water, the former Sydney Catchment Authority and former State Water, Hunter Water and Sydney Water.

The aim of the scholarship is to:

  • improve our understanding of how rivers, groundwater, wetlands and estuaries function and respond to enhanced management,
  • improve the linkages between aquatic science and water management in NSW; and
  • provide research opportunities in NSW for water specialists.