Playford Trust PhD Supplementary Scholarships

Applications open
13 October 2022
Applications close
20 January 2023
Payment per year
$5,000 per annum (fixed rate)
Up to 3.5 years
Postgraduate Research
Australian Citizens
Australian Permanent Residents
Type of Scholarship
Supplementary Scholarships
Available In
All Faculties
Available To

About the Scholarship

Each year the Playford Trust offers two PhD supplementary scholarships for students planning to carry out research in its priority areas.

The scholarships are intended to supplement an existing Australian Government Research Training Program Stipend Scholarship (RTPS) or similar institutional PhD stipend scholarship.

Students must be undertaking their research with The University of Adelaide, Flinders University or the University of South Australia in the following priority areas for the Trust:

  • agriculture and food production
  • environmental sciences including
  • water, energy and climate change
  • advanced manufacturing and new technologies
  • health sciences and enabling technologies
  • mining and resources development.

Selection Criteria

The Playford Trust will consider nominations from students studying at one of the three South Australian universities. The Playford Trust will make the final selection based on the following selection criteria:

Applicants must be:

  • ready to commence a PhD with The University of Adelaide, Flinders University or University of South Australia in the priority areas for the Trust (see How to Apply for instructions regarding applying for admission & scholarship at the University of Adelaide)
  • primarily supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program Stipend Scholarship (RTPS) or similar institutional PhD stipend scholarship. A copy of the letter of confirmation is required by the Trust before the scholarship can be awarded
  • 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 are 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.

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.

Disclosure of any other awards or scholarships held by the student is required as part of the application process.

Students must be commencing their PhD in the year of the scholarship or have commenced their PhD no earlier than August of the preceding year.


The supplementary scholarships are valued at $5,000 per annum (fixed rate) for up to 3.5 years. It is likely to be tax exempt, subject to Taxation Office approval.

The Trust will accept an application for an extension of time, subject to satisfactory progress and appropriate support from the university and the PhD supervisor. Approval of such an extension is not automatic.


Further information is available here.


Applicants can apply online directly via the Playford Trust website