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

Farrer Memorial International Travelling Scholarships

The Farrer Memorial Trust was established in 1911 to perpetuate the memory of William James Farrer and to encourage and inspire agricultural scientists. Initially it awarded scholarships for ’study or research in agricultural problems’. Later it included the delivery of an annual oration and the presentation of the Farrer Memorial Medal to a distinguished agricultural scientist for service rendered in the fields of research, education, or administration.  Scholarships are now designed to support international travel and/or other learning and development by postgraduate students enrolled for a PhD on any aspect of agricultural cropping research.

As a guide, travelling scholarships will normally be awarded up to the value $7,500.2020 Farrer Memorial Scholarship Winner in Brazil

**Nominations are now OPEN for the 2024 Farrer Memorial International Travelling Scholarships**

Scholarship Criteria

Applications for the 2024 Farrer Memorial International Travelling Scholarships are now OPEN.

Selection will take place to allow travel to be undertaken in the following financial year (between 1 July 2024 and 30 June 2025).

Applicants must be:

  1. Postgraduate student enrolled for a PhD on any aspect of field crop research; and
  2. Citizen or permanent resident of Australia.

The Scholarships are designed to support international travel to include attendance at an international conference at which a paper or poster is being presented.

As a guide, scholarships will normally be awarded up to the value $7,500.

It is essential that applicants justify why support for travel or other learning and development is being sought, the likely benefits and a budget explanation for the level of funds requested. Applicants are able to visit relevant research centres as part of their itinerary.

Applicants should include a curriculum vitae, details of the travel (including an itinerary) or learning developments, details of any papers/poster to be presented at a research or conference event and a supporting statement from their supervisor.  A detailed report on the use of the scholarship funding is to be submitted to the Trust on completion of the travel or learning.

Applications close 11:59pm Sunday 3 March 2024 by email to:

Ms Vicki Priest
Secretary, Farrer Memorial Trust

Applications to include:

  • Application form, completed and signed - Download here.
  • Applicant’s CV
  • Detailed itinerary or plan of travel and/or educational development
  • Covering letter from the Dean of Faculty
  • Supporting statement from a supervisor

For additional information on the Trust go to Farrer Memorial Trust or contact the Secretary of the Trust on telephone 0436 454 533 or 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.