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ACIAR-USP Forestry Scholarship Information

BACKGROUND ON ACIAR FORESTRY RESEARCH

In terms of the ACIAR scholarship scheme, Forestry is an area which has had limited interest from research students. There is a need for more research carried out in forestry. Therefore in 2017 two scholarships will be awarded for applicants interested in pursuing a Master's by research associated with an ACIAR related Forestry project. Successful applicants will begin their program in Semester 1, 2018 at USP.  

The ACIAR forestry program future focus (per the 2013 ACIAR forestry program strategy) aims to:

  • Enhance the role of tree growing and forest management in improving subsistence lifestyles;
  • Enhance the contribution of legal sustainable and value-adding forest industries to economic development in partner countries, and;
  • Contribute to the Australian Government's development assistance and international forest policy priorities, combating illegal logging and reducing deforestation.

In the context of the ACIAR-USP Postgraduate scholarship scheme there are four ACIAR forestry projects to which interested applicants can align their research to. More information on these can be found by viewing the ACIAR-USP 2018 Forestry projects. In addition to this, academics involved will hold public seminars to assist interested applicants with information on how to apply for the ACIAR-USP scholarships. Details of the presentations are given in the table below. If you wish to be added to the mailing list to be kept updated about presentations please contact Mr. Viliamu Powell via email viliamu.powell(at)usp.ac.fj

PRESENTER

TITLE OF PRESENTATION

DATE AND VENUE

Prof. Helen Wallace (Project leader FST2014/067)

ACIAR forest research in the Pacific Ė so much more than timber!

Friday 18th August 12:00pm at the N111 Lecture theatre.

Dr. Kevin Glencross

TBC

September. Date and venue to be confirmed.

Dr. Kevin Glencross

TBC

October. Date and venue to be confirmed.

For more on student entitlements read through the scholarship benefitsApplicants who have an undergraduate degree background in any of the following: Forestry, Geography, Environmental Science or Environmental management, Economics or Climate Change are encouraged to apply for the ACIAR-USP Forestry Scholarship.  

AWARD CONDITIONS

Applicants who wish to accept an ACIAR-USP Forestry Postgraduate scholarship will be required to sign a contract with USP declaring that they will comply with all conditions of the scholarship. Successful scholarship recipients will be expected to complete a Masterís by research degree within their scholarship tenure. If required, the award will also cover the necessary bridging courses for a successful applicant to complete postgraduate diploma courses at USP in order to qualify for entry into the Masterís by research program.  

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Scholarships are only open to citizens from the Pacific Island Countries of Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. To be eligible for selection, a candidate must:

  • Meet the USP admission requirements for entry into the Master's by Research degree program or qualify for the USP Postgraduate Diploma into Master's by research degree pathway;
  • All applicants must provide a research intent which outlines the research they plan to undertake in relation to an ACIAR Forestry project;
  • At the time of applying applicant must have completed an undergraduate degree or postgraduate diploma from USP (or equivalent) with a GPA of at least 3.5. 

Applications which remain incomplete at the published time of closing of the scholarship (Tuesday 31 October 2017) will not be forwarded to the assessment stage.

SCHOLARSHIP PREFERENCES

Applicants who meet the following criteria will be given preference during the selection process:

  • Completed a USP Postgraduate diploma (or equivalent) and qualifies for direct entry into the USP Masters by Research Program;
  • Have provided a solid research proposal or research intent that is closely aligned to an active ACIAR forestry research project and addresses research associated to improving livelihoods;
  • Applicants whose research intent is endorsed by a USP supervisor and an ACIAR project leader/partner. 
  • Have included within their research intent a specific component targeted at collecting gender disaggregated data.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Interested applicants can apply either electronically or through hard copy via registered mail. All applications for the scholarship must be submitted by 31 October 2017. Before submitting an application it is important that applicants discuss their research with a USP academic who can potentially act supervisor. 

Applying electronically (Administrators prefer if applicants apply electronically).

  1. Fill in the ACIAR-USP Scholarship application form using Microsoft Word.
  2. Attach supporting documents as listed below.
  3. Email application to viliamu.powell(at)usp.ac.fj with the title "ACIAR-USP Forestry Scholarship application 2017".

Applying through hardcopy

  1. Fill in the ACIAR-USP Scholarship application form using Microsoft Word.
  2. Attach supporting documents as listed below.
  3. Mail application to "ACIAR Scholarship Officer, Research and Graduate Affairs, Faculty of Science Technology and Environment, Administration Officer, The University of the South Pacific, Private Mail Bag, Suva, Fiji.

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION

The following supporting documents are mandatory and must be provided with your application:

  • Research proposal or research intent.
  • Certified copies of degree certificates.
  • Certified copies of academic transcripts.
  • Proof of citizenship (birth certificate).
  • Identity document (passport, drivers licence etc).
  • Referees report, Note that the referee report is related to an applicant's research capabilities and should address the following:
    • Provide a clear evaluation of the ability of the applicant to undertake research.
    • Provide information on whether the applicant has conducted previous research and to comment on the applicants performance. 
  • If employed, letter of release from employer stating that they support your application for the scholarship and would release you if you are successful with your application. 
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Should you wish for more information on contacting ACIAR project leaders, USP supervisors or about the scholarship application process please contact the ACIAR-USP Graduate Assistant Officer Mr. Viliamu Powell via email: viliamu.powell(at)usp.ac.fj or phone: (679) 3232 804.


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