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Underwood PhD Scholarships

Emeritus Professor Eric John Underwood (1905 - 1980) was a pioneering researcher in sheep nutrition and wool production from the 1930s who revolutionised primary industry. A UWA graduate, Professor Underwood completed a PhD in pasture growth at Cambridge University before taking up appointments as UWA's Hackett Professor of Agriculture, and Director of UWA's Institute of Agriculture.  As well as his ground-breaking work, Professor Underwood chaired the Tuberculosis Association of Western Australia and was Federal President of the National Association for the Prevention of Tuberculosis.  He received many honorary degrees and was recognised during his lifetime by many organisations for his intellectual contributions to science.These completion scholarships are available to PhD students in applied practical agriculture who are well advanced in preparation of their theses to concentrate full time on finalising their theses for examination. 

Two living allowance scholarships, paid at the rate of $30,000 per annum with a maximum tenure of 6 months, are available in this round. These are completion scholarships for current PhD students who will not be receiving living allowance scholarship support from any other source during the proposed Underwood Scholarship tenure. You must be intending to submit your thesis in 2019.

Application packages must be submitted to the Science Faculty Development Officer - email:

Please see eligibility below for further details.

Payment type
Fortnightly Stipend
Value unit
Basis of award
Academic Achievement, Research Publications

There is no application form, and the application package must include a covering letter addressed to Professor Tony ODonnell, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean, Faculty of Science, with the following documents:

  • Outline of the PhD research project
  • Detailed summary of the PhD thesis progress

  • Copy of the latest Annual Progress Report
  • List of publications and conference presentations (if applicable)

  • Letter of recommendation from the Supervisor
  • Proposed start and end date for the scholarship (maximum of 6 months)

  • Confirmation of payment of international tuition fees and Overseas Student Health Cover (for international students)

Application packages must be submitted to the Science Faculty Development Officer - email:

Study area
Animal Biology, Plant Biology, Agricultural Science
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University of Western Australia
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