Third Year Scholarship

Clean Seas
Playford Trust

The Playford Trust in partnership with Clean Seas, offers a two-year scholarship to a student commencing their third-year of undergraduate studies and who is prepared to undertake a fourth year of study in aquaculture, at one of South Australia’s three public universities. The scholarship is valued at $10,000 per year, for two years.

The scholarship involves a paid 8-10 week work placement over the summer vacation before the student’s third and fourth year of studies. The work experience is likely to be at the Clean Seas fish breeding and production facility at Arno Bay and in Clean Seas fish health and R&D teams in Port Lincoln.  Clean Seas will provide accommodation. The student will have the opportunity to work with Clean Seas on a suitable project in their fourth year and Clean Seas may offer another work placement opportunity at the end of that fourth year.

Clean Seas is the global leader in full cycle breeding, production, and sale of Yellowtail Kingfish and is renowned world-wide for its exceptionally high-quality fish. The company is recognised for innovation in Yellowtail Kingfish farming and has become the largest producer of aquaculture Yellowtail Kingfish outside of Japan. Its customers appreciate the consistently high quality of its fish and its reliability in supplying fresh fish to markets all over the world, 52 weeks of the year.

The paid work placements will give the successful applicant the opportunity to develop skills and enhance their industry participation. They will undertake several technical projects to solve real problems and apply university knowledge in an industry setting. Working closely with the senior managers they will properly understand and identify the problem, undertake analysis and develop/design and implement solutions. At the end of each placement, they will make a presentation to senior site management and senior site technical personnel on the projects undertaken including, methodology used, success of the project, knowledge gained and feedback on the industry experience.

We recommend you begin your application as soon as possible and complete as much as you can this year. This allows the Trust to give your name to Clean Seas early.

Applications for 2024 have now closed.

Selection Criteria

The Trust will consider nominations from students studying at one of the three South Australian universities, and reserves the right to accept or reject nominations.

Clean Seas and the Playford Trust will jointly make the final selection.

Applicants must be:

  • ready to commence third-year undergraduate studies and is prepared to undertake a fourth year of study in aquaculture at one of South Australia’s three public universities
  • prepared to develop skills and enhance their industry participation by undertaking an 8-10 week paid work placement with Clean Seas over the summer vacation before their third and fourth year of studies
  • have a passion for sustainable aquaculture
  • a great communicator, have a sense of purpose about the scholarship and being an ambassador for Clean Seas within the university sector and be aligned to Clean Seas values
  • an Australian citizen or a holder of a permanent resident visa and resident in South Australia
  • intending to spend a significant part of their career in South Australia, or be likely to provide a benefit to the State
  • a high achiever, with an excellent undergraduate academic record
  • of good character. Preference will be given to students who display leadership potential.

Students from regional locations, including the Eyre Peninsula, will be highly regarded.

It is essential that the applicant’s supervisor or an academic referee (e.g. dean of school/faculty, or lecturer) provides a supporting comment about the student’s achievements, character and leadership potential.