HONOURS, MASTERS or PHD SCHOLARSHIP

THOMAS FOODS INTERNATIONAL

PLAYFORD TRUST

The Playford Trust is delighted to partner with Thomas Foods International (TFI) to offer a $9000-a-year scholarship for a student commencing either an Honours Degree (one-year), a Masters Degree (two-years) or a PhD (three-and-a-half years) in 2019. The scholarship will be awarded to a student undertaking innovative research that maybe of interest to TFI.

About Thomas Foods

The TFI group of companies generates annual turnover in excess of $2 billion and employs more than 3000 people globally.

It is Australia’s largest 100% family owned meat-processing company and is represented in the United States through its subsidiary company Thomas Foods International USA. The subsidiary services the entire North American market, has distribution centres across numerous states and is the continent’s largest importer of Australian chilled beef and lamb.

Other businesses within the TFI group of companies include Thomas Foods International China, a 100% company-owned distribution business based in Shanghai; food retail label Thomas Farms; meat wholesaler Holco; ready-to-cook meal business Thomas Farms Kitchen; and sustainable seafood export business Thomas Cappo Seafoods, a collaboration with Cappo Seafood.

Selection Criteria

Applications for the 2019 scholarship close Friday 18 January 2019.

The Playford Trust will consider nominations from students studying at one of the three South Australian universities, and it reserves the right to accept or reject any or all of the nominations. Thomas Foods International and the Playford Trust will jointly make the final selection. Their decision will be based on the following selection criteria:

Applicants must be:

  • an Australian citizen, or holder of a permanent residency visa, and resident in South Australia

  • intending to spend a significant part of their career in South Australia, or likely to provide a benefit to the State

  • a high achiever, with an excellent academic record

  • of good character. Preference is given to students that display leadership potential.

  • It is essential 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.

Applicants must be ready to commence Honours, or their first year of a Masters or PhD in 2019.

Their work must focus on one of the priority supported by the Trust, and involve an innovative project that may be of value to TFI.

Areas of interest include:

  • food technology, meat processing, food hygiene engineering or some aspect of feed lock operations

  • automation, engineering, robotics, machine learning

  • processing – machinery and efficiencies

  • smart tracking – e.g. tracking of stock as well as tracking the parts to the original carcass

  • meeting export requirements and preferences (as TFI are expanding into new markets)

  • reproductive biotechnology – modifying animal traits, genetic characteristics, getting to market quickly

  • smart packaging

  • work health and safety, and sanitation innovation

  • development of value-add products from agricultural waste – e.g. TFI grows potatoes.