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Flinders University Wine Australia’s PhD and Masters by Research Scholarships for 2023

Application is now open for Wine Australia’s PhD and Masters by Research Scholarships at Flinders University. Interested candidates are encouraged to send their applications in before the deadline date.

About Flinders University and Scholarship

Flinders University, located in Adelaide, South Australia, was established in 1966 and is named in honor of the renowned navigator Matthew Flinders, who extensively explored and surveyed the South Australian coastline during the early 19th century.

Wine Australia is a vital entity under the Australian government, serving as the statutory service body for the Australian grape and wine community. Their mission revolves around fostering a thriving Australian grape and wine sector through strategic investments in research and development, both in domestic and international market development, knowledge dissemination, encouraging adoption of innovative practices, and safeguarding the reputation of Australian wine.


Wine Australia’s funding is derived from grape growers and winemakers who contribute through levies and user-pays charges, supplemented by matching funding from the Australian Government for research, development, extension, and adoption (RD&A) initiatives. Their work is dedicated to ensuring the maximum return on investments in RD&A for the benefit of levy payers, the Australian Government, and the broader community, guided by the sector’s strategic priorities outlined in their Strategic Plan 2020-2025.

Wine Australia also plays a significant role in promoting higher education by offering a scholarship program for Ph.D. and Master’s by Research students in the fields of wine, viticulture, and wine business research. This program is designed to attract and support postgraduate students, fostering the development of future leaders in enology, viticulture, and wine business research to contribute to the success of the Australian grape and wine community.

Details about Wine Australia’s PhD and Masters by Research Scholarships at Flinders University:

Scholarship Sponsor: Flinders University, Australia

Scholarship Value: $35,000 or $10,000

Number of awards: N/A

Study level: PhD/Master

Host Institution(s): Flinders University, Australia


Wine Australia provides additional scholarships for up to two years of full-time Master by Research study and up to three years of full-time PhD study. Providing support for a third year of study is possible if the Master by Research applicant decides to pursue a PhD. Wine Australia retains the right to choose the starting point for any additional financing that is provided. PhD and MA supplemental scholarships often provide the following:

  1. Supplementary Stipend Funding: The goal of this funding is to augment the student’s stipend to reach a total annual value of $35,000, excluding GST. This amount includes any funding received through other scholarships like the Australian Government’s Research Training Program (RTP) or external scholarships. The supplementary stipend is intended to assist students in covering their living expenses while they focus on their research.
  2. Supplementary Research Operating Funds: In addition to the stipend, these scholarships provide supplementary funding to support research-related expenses directly associated with the candidate’s research project. These funds are meant to bring the total student operating funds to $10,000 per annum, excluding GST. These operating funds can be used to cover costs such as laboratory supplies, fieldwork expenses, data collection, and other research project-related costs.

In some cases, part-time rewards may be awarded. Candidates who study part-time will be eligible for just half the funding of a candidate who studies full-time. Part-time Master by Research applicants can get funding for up to three years, while part-time PhD candidates can receive support for up to six years.

The Dr. Tony Jordan OAM Award, which comes with an extra stipend, will be given to the most deserving Wine Australia PhD scholarship applicant.

Eligibility Criteria for Wine Australia’s PhD and Masters by Research Scholarships

Applicants are advised to meet the following prerequisites to be qualified for Wine Australia’s PhD and Masters by Research Scholarships at Flinders University:

  • Hold, or have applied for, an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarship or another comparable stipend scholarship via their host university. 
  • Be enrolled in, or have applied for, a Master of Research or PhD program at an Australian or foreign university.
    • If the Scholarship has already been given out, a copy of the letter of offer should also be sent with the application, along with a declaration to this effect. 
  • being enrolled on a campus (only true for domestic studies)

Each institution is in charge of its application, selection, and offer procedures for RTP Stipend scholarships and other awards.

A Wine Australia additional scholarship may be available to Australian students studying abroad and international students studying at an Australian institution. The proposed research’s merit (i.e., a specific discipline or newly developing area of research strength) and potential future contribution to the Australian grape and wine industry will be given more weight during the review process.

Wine Australia will not cover any tuition costs, and candidates from outside Australia must adhere to Department of Home Affairs policy guidelines. Candidates from abroad who are students at foreign universities are ineligible. For further information, see the Conditions of Award.

Selection Criteria

Wine Australia’s scholarship awards are based on several key criteria:

  1. Academic Excellence: Candidates are evaluated on their academic achievements and qualifications, reflecting their capacity for high-quality research.
  2. Curriculum Vitae Quality: The quality and breadth of an applicant’s CV are assessed to gauge their academic and research background, as well as their commitment to their field of study.
  3. Proposed Research Program Merit: The merit and potential impact of the research program proposed by the applicant are considered. This evaluation involves examining the significance and innovation of the research.
  4. Proposed Supervisor(s) Expertise: The expertise and capabilities of the proposed supervisor(s) play a significant role in the selection process, ensuring that candidates have the necessary guidance and resources to excel in their research.
  5. Likelihood of Future Involvement in the Wine Sector: Wine Australia aims to support students who have a strong likelihood of contributing to the wine sector in the future. Candidates who show a commitment to the industry and research are given preference.
  6. Funding Availability: Scholarships are awarded within the constraints of available funding, and the number of scholarships offered may vary from year to year.

Application Process for Wine Australia’s PhD and Masters by Research Scholarships

You must submit an online application using the Clarity Investment Management System (CIMS) to be considered for Wine Australia’s PhD and Masters by Research Scholarships. Send an email to with your complete name, address, phone number, and the name of the university you want to attend to receive a login and password. You can also visit the official website for further details.

The Application Deadline is: November 3, 2023

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