Training

There is scope for postgraduate studies in all five major research areas being conducted at PBI.

To undertake PhD studies at the University of Sydney, students first need to gain admission for candidature, and second, obtain funding to support their studies. Applications for scholarships generally close towards the end of each year.

Australian citizens have several options to obtain funds to support postgraduate studies.

Prospective students should contact one of the staff members listed on the first page of this document if planning to apply for one of these scholarships.

Non-Australian citizens/residents need to pay tuition fees in addition to having money for living expenses. Students coming from overseas usually apply to the University for an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS), which pays the tuition fees and provides a stipend for living allowances. Details on this scholarship and others can be found on the Scholarships For International Students page.

Please note that these scholarships are very competitive and that applicants need a strong application in order to have a chance of success.

Applicants with some chance of success are those who have the equivalent of an Australian First Class Honours degree and a Master's degree by research (for Master's applicants only Honours Bachelor's applies). Honours degrees include a substantial research thesis in the final year. The percentage marks required to obtain a First Class degree are 85% or better. Evidence of academic research such as research projects resulting in theses and/or published papers (especially in international journals) also counts for IPRS selection. All candidates whose first language is not English or whose previous studies are not from institutions where English is the only medium of instruction must achieve a minimum score of IELTS 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0). Candidates for degrees in the Faculties of Architecture, Economics and Law must reach a minimum score of IELTS 7.0 (with no band less than 6.0). For the purpose of IPRS, TOEFL results are not acceptable.

Applications are open between 1 May to 31 August each year, and the closing date for the IPRS applications is 31 August.


For further information relating to the opportunities at the Plant Breeding Institute please follow the links below:

For Future Undergraduates interested in Plant Breeding and Horticulture

For Current Undergraduates interested in Plant Breeding and Horticulture

For Postgraduates interested in Plant Breeding and Horticulture