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Scholarship details

2019 - Digital Agriculture Honours Scholarship

Status: Closed

Applications open: 31/10/2018
Applications close: 15/03/2019

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About this scholarship

The Digital Agriculture Honours Scholarship is to support and encourage students who are undertaking an honours program in a field aligned to CSIRO’s research direction in information sciences and agriculture.

  • Current Students
  • Future Students
  • Faculty of Science & Engineering
    • Engineering courses
  • Undergraduate
  • Australian Citizen
  • Australian Permanent Resident
  • New Zealand Citizen
  • Permanent Humanitarian Visa
  • International Student
  • Merit Based

The Digital Agriculture Honours Scholarship will provide the following support for up to one year (based on a full-time study load of at least 100 credits per semester):  

  • A total value ranging between $5,000 - $10,000 paid as a cash stipend in two instalments over the honours year. The amount can be used at the recipient’s discretion to contribute towards payment of their course fees, or for other education-related expenses such as text books and/or general living expenses.

Payments occur post census date each semester approximately mid-late May and mid-September, depending on receipt of payment from the sponsor.

Scholarship Details

The student must be undertaking research during their Honours program in a field aligned to CSIRO’s research direction in information sciences and agriculture.

Honours project list:

Data visualisation and animation of crop genetics and agronomy for Western Australia

  • Did you know that crop varieties and crop species grow quite differently? CSIRO can generate output that demonstrates where and how advanced different crop species are. However, people interested in this information react to maps, moving animation and other visual cues better than point based graphs. Can you create a digital animation for WA about how crop cultivars relate to different climates and soils?

Twitter analytics for agriculture

  • Do you tweet? Twitter analytics provide a powerful insight into what is being discussed. Can you track what the agricultural industry is worried about at a point in time? You would evaluate the twitter universe for agriculture and comment on networks and connectivity.

How much is it worth

  • Crops and pastures interact and provide benefits to each other. However local information from farmers is needed to parameterise economic models of pasture and crop production. You would engage farmers and capture insights into livestock and crop economics to determine whether new farming systems can be less risky.

Monitoring the landscape

  • Can you identify crop types and cultivars? A challenge when building models is to ground truth the information. We are interested in finding out if we can go beyond crop species, but first we need to survey a regions for crop type and cultivar. You would work with teams to collect and collate this information.

Soil water animations on the web

  • Can you create fancy webpages? CSIRO collect soil water information across a range of projects using sensors. No-one has yet created a nice – near real time animation of soil water animations for people to peruse. You job is to take soil water information and package it in an entertaining manner that is accessible to a wide community.

Design your own project

  • You are invited to put forward a proposal for a research project of your own. For it to proceed to assessment for scholarship, the project will need to have the support of supervisors from Curtin University and CSIRO’s Agriculture and Food and Data61 business units and be of a topic of interest to digital agriculture.

Applicants must meet ALL of the following criteria to be considered for the Digital Agriculture Honours Scholarship:

  • Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, the holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa, New Zealand citizen or International Citizen
  • Be enrolled full-time in their Honours program at Curtin University
  • Take up the Honours Scholarship within one year from the date of application
  • Undertaking research during their Honours program in a field aligned to CSIRO’s research direction in information sciences and agriculture
  • Not be subject to an obligation to a third party to provide that third party with rights to any IP created in the course of their degree

Application process

Step 1: Access application form 

  • Application form can be accessed via ‘My Studies’ tab in OASIS or via the ‘Apply Online’ button on the top right-hand side of this page

Step 2: Complete

  • Complete the application form online
  • Application form can be saved at any point of the process
  • Multiple scholarships can be applied for at one time
  • Tips on how to complete your application can be found under the ‘Application Advice’ tab on the scholarships website

Step 3: Submit

  • Closing date is listed at the top of the page and within the Scholarships Channel on OASIS
  • Incomplete applications will not be assessed
  • Once submitted, application status will change to submitted

Step 4: Receipt

  • Application receipt will be sent to student email once application has been submitted

Step 5: Assessment

  • Applications will be assessed by an assessment panel using the following criteria:
    • Academic merit
    • Responses provided in the application form
    • Relevance of research to CSIRO’s direction in information sciences and agriculture

Step 6: Outcome

  • Successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified of their outcome via the Scholarship Channel (Student OASIS) within approximately 4-6 weeks of the scholarship closing date 

Step 7: Acceptance

  • Successful applicants must accept the terms and conditions via the Scholarship Channel (Student OASIS) by the deadline

Please note:

  • Scholarship will be awarded if there are applicants of sufficient merit
  • Scholarship will commence from first semester of study for which the scholarship was offered
  • Scholarship is not transferrable to another major, course or university

Enrolment Requirements

Recipients must meet ALL of the following:

  • Maintain a full-time enrolment of 100 credit points per semester in their honours program at Curtin.
  • Achieve a satisfactory standard of academic progress. Students must be on track for First Class or 2a Honours
  • Pass all units attempted.

Academic monitoring of scholarship recipient/s will occur each semester. Unless there are exceptional circumstances, a recipient with unsatisfactory progress or who breaches any scholarship condition above shall be ineligible to retain the scholarship. Determination of exceptional circumstances shall be at the discretion of the Manager, Scholarships Office in consultation with the Research Office at Curtin University.

Changes to Enrolment

Change from full time enrolment: If a recipient intends to change from full-time enrolment (75 credits), they must apply in writing to the Scholarships Office ( for approval BEFORE the change.

Change of course: Change of course is not permitted.

Leave of absence: Leave of absence is not permitted.

Withdrawal or Terminated from units or course: A student who withdraws from their units or course of study, or has been terminated from studies will become ineligible for continuation of the scholarship, will not receive any further payments and will be required to repay to the University any stipend awarded for that study period if applicable.


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Further Information

Students may apply for as many scholarships as they are eligible for, and if successful, will be awarded the highest value scholarship. If students are successful in receiving an offer for more than one scholarship valued the same, they will have the opportunity to select their preferred scholarship. 

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For advice on how to complete your application refer to the scholarships application guidelines.


For advice on your Centrelink payments and how your scholarship could affect your payment please see the Department of Human Services website or contact a Centrelink Office.  If you require a letter about your scholarship for Centrelink, please contact the Scholarships Office. 


Generally scholarship money paid to full-time students is not treated as taxable income, but if your study load is less than 75 credits (part-time) your scholarship money is not tax exempt. Other than the full-time study requirement, the general rule is that scholarships are exempt from taxation unless:

  • it is a condition of the scholarship that a recipient is required to undertake activities that are of use, help or benefit to the scholarship provider - then the student is rendering a service by agreeing to undertake those activities;
  • during or upon completion of the degree for which the scholarship is awarded a candidate is required to become, or shall continue to be, an employee of the funding body; or
  • an award is received by a student where the scholarship is not provided principally for educational purposes.

The Australian Tax Office has a tool to help you determine if your scholarship is taxable.  For expert advice please contact the Australian Taxation Office or your accountant when completing your annual Tax Return.  If a letter regarding your scholarship is required for taxation purposes, please contact the Scholarships Office.

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