Each year the Playford Trust awards two PhD scholarships intended to supplement an existing Australian Post Graduate Award (APA) or similar award for students planning to carry out research in the Trust’s priority areas.

The scholarships are valued at $17,500 and are paid at the rate of $5,000 per annum for three and a half years.  The Trust will accept an application for an extension of time, subject to satisfactory progress and appropriate support from the university and the PhD supervisor. Approval of such an extension is not automatic.

Applications close Friday 19 January 2018

Selection Criteria

The Playford Trust calls for two nominations from each of the three South Australian universities.  The universities are expected to select the highest calibre students through an internal process that takes account of the selection criteria.

  • Students are commencing a PhD with The University of Adelaide, Flinders University or University of South Australia in the following priority areas for the Trust.
    • Agriculture and food production
    • Water, energy and climate change
    • Advanced manufacturing and new technologies
    • Health sciences and enabling technologies
    • Mining and resources development.
  • An APA or equivalent award primarily supports students.
  • Students are Australian citizens or a holder of a permanent resident visa, and are South Australian residents who are likely to spend a significant part of their career in South Australia or are  likely to provide a benefit to the State.
  • Students are high achievers, with an excellent undergraduate academic record.
  • Students are of good character with preference given to students that display leadership potential.

The student’s supervisor or an academic referee such as the dean of school, head of department or senior lecturer is required to comment about the student’s achievements, character and leadership potential.