The School of Agriculture, Food and Wine recognises outstanding achievement through a range of scholarships and prizes.
Many of our prizes are awarded in partnership with industry and may provide financial support and/or internships and work placement positions within sponsor businesses.
The school would also like to acknowledge with gratitude the generosity from donors and industry to allow the number of awards available to our students.
The University, school and Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology offer multiple scholarships to study its agriculture, food and wine programs.
Coopers Brewery / Playford Trust honours scholarship
The Playford Trust in partnership with Coopers offers a $7,000 honours scholarship at the Waite Research Institute in the field of barley breeding science or yeast fermentation.
Lois Harris Agricultural Bureau scholarship
The Agricultural Bureau of South Australia provides a scholarship to encourage senior high school students to consider undertaking agricultural studies at tertiary level in South Australia.
The $2000 Lois Harris scholarship is awarded to a first year student studying the Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences at the University of Adelaide. The scholarship is named in memory of Lois Harris, a member of the Advisory Board of Agriculture from 1995 to 1998, who passed away in 1998.
Playford Trust honours scholarship
The Playford Trust in partnership with the three South Australian universities offer a total of 12 scholarships of $5,000 each year to South Australians intending to study at honours level in several priority areas including agriculture and food production.
RK Morton Scholarship
The R.K. Morton Scholarship is awarded to the undergraduate student placed highest in the order of merit among those candidates who have completed the third year course Plant Biotechnology III and who proceeds to an honours degree undertaking a research project related to agricultural biochemistry in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine.
GRDC research scholarship
The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is focused on delivering value to Australian grain growers. To achieve this, the GRDC seeks to build research capacity through the GRDC research scholarships for postgraduate study.
These are available to undertake postgraduate research in areas of priority for the GRDC and the Australian grains industry. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of the:
- academic excellence of the applicant;
- relevance of proposed research to the GRDC priority; and
- evidence of industry contribution or involvement.
School honours scholarship
The school also offers eight $3,000 merit-based scholarships each year. All students who are accepted for honours in the school who don't win another scholarship will be considered. No formal scholarship application is required.
Summer research scholarships
Both the University of Adelaide and the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine offer summer research scholarships of up to $250 per week for 6 weeks to allow undergraduate students to participate in a research project for a period of 6-10 weeks to 'get a taste' of what research is really about.
Many Summer Research Scholarship recipients have gone on to postgraduate study at the University of Adelaide leading to a career involving research.
The Dr Jennifer Gardner Prize for Waite Arboretum research
Dr Jennifer Gardner OAM retired in 2017 after 30 years of invaluable contribution to the Waite Historic Precinct in her position as Curator of the Waite Arboretum.
This prize in Dr Gardner's honour is awarded to the lead student or researcher for a research project involving the Waite Arboretum. The key criteria is the ability of the project to enhance sustainability of the urban landscape or understanding of the natural environment.
Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences prizes
Prize name Prize description Dorothy Wearing Drew Traveling Prize in Agriculture To acknowledge and reward one student's contribution to agriculture and student commitment and participation in activities that foster the profile of agriculture academically and within the community. Daniel Livingston Prizes For the student gaining the highest aggregate in each year of the program. EJ and EI Graham Prize For the student who gains the highest mark in the course Soil and Plant Nutrition. CM Donald Prize For the best student in Agronomy who is of sufficient merit in the final year of the program. DB Adam Memorial Prize For the best student in Plant Pathology Mark Paul Bowker Memorial Prize For the student who gains the highest aggregate in the courses Professional Skills in Agricultural Science and Research Methodology in Agricultural Science. Nutrien Ag Solutions Agronomy Prize
(formerly Landmark Agronomy Prize)
Selection of the prize will be made jointly by Landmark Operations Limited and the Program Coordinator of the Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences. Selection based on the donor, student's applications on academic merit, interview and demonstrated interest by the student in sales agronomy. The Australian Grain Technologies Plant Breeding Prize For the student who has completed the course Plant Breeding II towards the degree of Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences and is the highest ranked of sufficient merit. Peter Waite Medal For the student completing the degree with the most distinguished record in the Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences.
Bachelor of Food & Nutrition Science prizes
Prize name Prize description Australian Institute of Food Science & Technology Prize For the student who obtains the highest aggregate in the Bachelor of Food & Nutrition Science. Program Management Committee 2nd Highest GPA Prize For the student who obtains the second highest GPA in the Bachelor of Food & Nutrition Science. SARDI Best All Rounder Prize For a student from the Bachelor of Food & Nutrition Science program whose academic merit, personal qualities, enthusiasm and aptitude indicate the promise of an outstanding contribution to the food and nutrition industry. Food South Australia Prize For the best student who successfully completed the Food & Nutrition Science industry placement.
Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology (BVO) prizes
Prize name Prize description Kenneth T Hardy Memorial Scholarship For the best performance in the first year of the BVO. Brokenwood Wines Prize For the student gaining the highest aggregate in the second year of the BVO degree program. Treasury Wine Estates Prize For the student showing the greatest aptitude and excellence in the course 'Winemaking at Vintage'. Casella Family Brands Undergraduate Prize For the student achieving the best aggregate grade for the following courses undertaken in Semester 1 in their third year of the BVO: Winemaking at Vintage; Stabilisation and Clarification III; Plant Health III; and Viticultural Science III. Jacob's Creek Scholarship Successful applicants in the final year of the BVO are chosen by representatives from Pernod-Ricard and the University of Adelaide South Australian Wine Industry Association Silver Medal For the second highest aggregate in the BVO or BVO honours David Bradley Memorial Prize For the graduation student from the BVO or BVO honours whose personal qualities, enthusiasm and aptitude indicate the promise of an outstanding contribution to the wine industry Gramp, Hardy, Smith Memorial Prize For the most outstanding student graduating from either the BVO or BVO honours
Master of Viticulture and Oenology (MVO) prizes
Molineux Nankivell Agricultural Prize
Prize name Prize description Molineux Nankivell Agricultural Prize For the student who has achieved the highest aggregate grade across the two third year level courses named "Soil & Plant Nutrition III" and "Agronomy III".