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South Australia Funds AgTech Scholarship for Digitally Enhanced Solutions

AgTech Post Graduate Scholarship Australia

A new partnership between the South Australian State Government and the University of Adelaide, which will deliver an AgTech PhD scholarship, is open for applications.

According to a recent press release, the three-year scholarship is part of the South Australian Government’s AgTech agenda.

The AgTech agenda is identified as a key growth area to help South Australian farmers to do their share to boost agriculture to become a AU$ 100 billion industry in Australia by 2030.

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone shared that the State Government funded scholarship provides an exciting opportunity for students to research cutting edge technology in agriculture.

Primary Industries AgTech Post Graduate Scholarship

  • The Primary Industries AgTech Post Graduate Scholarship supports the practical application and adoption of AgTech in South Australia.
  • In addition, it is designed to create further innovative thinking in agriculture.
  • The State Government is proud to fund this excellent opportunity to build on AgTech research in digitally enhanced agricultural solutions. Everyone interested to apply is encouraged to do so.
  • The scholarship is a collaboration between the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) and the University of Adelaide.
  • It builds on the recently announced partnership fostering greater investment and delivering economic benefits to the state’s primary industries.
  • As part of the State Government’s AgTech agenda, the scholarship complements the newly formed AgTech Advisory Group.
  • The Advisory Group provides advice on a coordinated and long-term approach to the development and uptake of technology in agriculture in South Australia.

Benefits of AgTech Post Graduate Scholarship Australia

The University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Operations) and Dean of Graduate Studies explained that the new scholarship is a great opportunity to advance innovation in AgTech.

Agriculture is becoming an increasingly sophisticated industry and meeting its challenges will require innovative solutions.

One of the great benefits of the new PIRSA-SARDI partnership with the University is the ability to work across traditional boundaries to bring new technologies into agriculture.

This will allow them to embrace the University’s expertise in several areas to solve the problems of agriculture for the future. These areas are:

  1. Computer Science
  2. Engineering
  3. Mathematics
  4. Machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI)

This partnership is very much in line with the new strategic plan, Future Making, which aligns with the state and industry need of making agrifood and wine, one of the key strategic industry engagement priorities.

Scholarship Details

The Primary Industries AgTech PhD Scholarship at The University of Adelaide is funded by Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA).

It will support a full time PhD student who is undertaking research in a topic that will aid or improve primary industry production or profitability through the application of technology.

The scholarship will be for 3 years with a possible 6 month extension. Expressions of interest close on 20 November 2019.


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