ACIAR Pacific Agriculture Scholarships and Support Program

Group of ACIAR Pacific Agriculture Scholarship winners


Applications open July 2022

The Pacific Agriculture Scholarships and Support (PASS) Program provides scholarships and support to postgraduate students in agriculture, forestry and fisheries at The University of the South Pacific and Fiji National University. Since 2008, these ACIAR-supported research scholarships have achieved significant results, strengthening agricultural innovation systems in the Pacific. 

ACIAR’s Pacific post-graduate scholarships are offered in the Pacific to Pacific Islanders.  This enables scholars to research agricultural problems within the context that the solutions need to work, to build professional networks which will be relevant post-study and remain close to family and culture.

The PASS Program aims to strengthen the Pacific agricultural innovation system through building on the strengths of Pacific universities and their regional partners.  It is part of the Australian Government’s Pacific Step-up.  

Scholarship program outline

Scholarships are for PhD and MSc by research at USP and MSc with research component at FNU.  Student research grants cost shared between ACIAR and USP/FNU. Funds to present research results at an international conference included in the scholarship.

Scholarship are aligned to ACIAR research projects, this includes the provision of an International co-supervisor who is part of the ACIAR project.

The Australian Centre for Pacific Islands Research (ACPIR) at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), provides additional support to PASS scholars and academic staff including professional development, peer-to-peer learning, research collaboration, and higher degree research supervision training. Student work placements and career development are included under PASS to build ongoing industry connections.

Scholarships are advertised annually in July through The University of the South Pacific and Fiji National University for commencement the following year.  

Scholarship criteria
  • Applicants must be a citizen of and currently reside in Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu or Vanuatu
  • Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for postgraduate study at USP and FNU.
  • Applications must be aligned to active or upcoming ACIAR research project and must address a nominated thesis research question from the supplied list.
  • Applicants must be able to meet government and university mandated requirements for travel to Fiji for study at USP, Laucala or FNU, or Samoa for study at USP, Alafua.

For more information, please contact:

The University of South Pacific

ACIAR scholarships at USP

Mr Josevata Cava, ACIAR-USP Graduate Officer
Email: [email protected]

Fiji National University

Fiji National University - Financial Support

Ms Shailin S Mala, Manager Research Grants and Ethics, Research Office
Email: [email protected]

For further information about ACIAR’s Pacific work:

Ms Mai Alagcan, Regional Manager Pacific and PNG, Suva, FIJI
[email protected]