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Underwood PhD Completion 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 within 6 months of the start date of the scholarship in 2022. Please note that the Selection Committee will give preference to students who are on track to submit their these within the standard four year (Full-Time equivalent) Time Limit for PhD candidature. Underwood PhD Completion Scholarships will not normally be awarded to students who are seeking an extension of Time Limit, unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Application packages must be submitted to: [email protected]

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 Imelda Whelehan, Dean, Graduate Research School, with the following documents:

  • a covering letter of application addressed to the Dean, Graduate Research School; 
  • a detailed summary of the PhD thesis progress at the time of application;  

  • a detailed completion plan, using the template attached to the GRS Extension form ( including a checklist of tasks to be completed prior to the commencement of the scholarship, and a timeline of the work to be undertaken by the student and supervisors to achieve a submission within the specified period of the scholarship;

  • a list of the student's publications and conference presentations (if applicable);
  • a letter of recommendation for the scholarship award from the supervisor;

  • the proposed start and end dates of the scholarship (maximum of 6 months); and
  • Confirmation of payment of International Tuition Fees and Overseas Student Health Cover for the duration of the scholarship (for international students).

Application packages must be submitted to: [email protected].

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