Scholarships and bursaries
Please note, the CRCNA is no longer accepting scholarship applications for 2020/21.
We will open our 2021/22 scholarships late 2021.
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Applications for bursaries remain open.
Types of scholarships
The CRCNA offers four types of scholarships / bursaries:
- CRCNA ‘top-up’ scholarship
- CRCNA PhD scholarship
- PhD students embedded in ongoing CRCNA supported projects
- CRCNA undergraduate or vocational bursaries.
1. CRCNA ‘top-up’ scholarship
CRCNA Top-Up Scholarships are available to students in receipt of a Research Training Program (RTP) stipend (formerly known as an Australian Postgraduate Award), University funded scholarship or equivalent.
For students who have received the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarship, the CRCNA may provide an additional 75% of the student’s annual stipend rate (exclusive of GST). This is the maximum allowed by the Australian Government. The CRCNA may provide additional support for operating and travel costs for the student. An example is provided below:
|Year||Full time max RTP stipend rate||CRCNA top up
(eg 75% of $43,885)
|CRCNA operating and travel||Total amount
2. CRCNA full PhD scholarship
For students who do not have an RTP, University or equivalent scholarship, the CRCNA may provide tuition and operational expenses up to the value of $50,000 pa (exclusive of GST), over three years. The student must demonstrate how their proposed research is aligned with the work of the CRCNA.
3. PhD students embedded in ongoing CRCNA supported projects
Students embedded in CRCNA funded research projects may apply for CRCNA training and/or professional development bursaries when they become available if they have not received a CRCNA scholarship (outlined in 1. and 2. above).
4. CRCNA undergraduate or vocational bursaries
The CRCNA will provide funding up to $15,000 pa (exclusive of GST) to support participation in relevant courses that align with CRCNA research programs, for example technical staff to up-skill or update qualifications.
Bursaries may also be used to pay for attendance/participation in conferences and workshops or other professional development opportunities.
- 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 and Traditional Owner-led businesses.
- CRCNA PhD Scholarship holders are encouraged to continue submitting applications for RTP Scholarships.
- 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 and the respective University.
- It is the responsibility of the Scholarship recipient to determine the tax status of the stipend.
To be eligible for a CRCNA Postgraduate Scholarship, whether a “top up”, embedded in a project or part of an EOI call, 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 the annual CRCNA capacity and capability workshop, which aims to be held in conjunction with the Developing Northern Australia Conference
- 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.
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.
- Complete and submit the Scholarship Application form. If the form has been successfully submitted you will receive email confirmation.
- The CRCNA will assess your application, and you will be informed within four weeks of receipt of application.
- 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).
- The CRCNA Education Program Coordinator will work with you and your university to execute the relevant agreements.
- 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.
Bursaries applications can be made at any time.
To be eligible for a CRCNA undergraduate or vocational bursaries, you are required to:
- be Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia.
- engage in a course or activity that aligns with the CRCNA Research Programs
- provide details of the course or activity you are seeking funding for.
- provide the CRCNA with a brief review outlining the impact the course had on you and your feedback on the course undertaken.
The education program is ongoing and applications are accepted at any time.
- Complete and submit the Bursary Application form. If the form has been successfully submitted you will receive email confirmation.
- The CRCNA will assess your application, you will be informed within four weeks of receipt of application.
- The CRCNA Education Program Coordinator, will work with you to execute any relevant agreements.
Education Program Coordinator