Understanding market and governance opportunities to improve the wellbeing of smallholder farmers in citrus value chain

Project opportunity

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

The project aims to apply the value chain approach of agricultural development to enable sustained improvement in the well-being of smallholder citrus families in Pakistan’s main citrus growing region, through their participation in inclusive value chains that meet market needs and provide equitable returns. The successful candidate will adopt a systems-based value chain approach to understand market and governance opportunities and pathways that enable smallholders to create and capture value originating from the delivery of market-defined quality attributes in target markets through their practices involving production, postharvest, and marketing systems.

Scholarship value

As a scholarship recipient, you'll receive: 

  • living stipend of $32,192 per annum tax free (2023 rate), indexed annually
  • tuition fees covered
  • single Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)


Dr Rajendra Adhikari

School of Agriculture and Food Sciences

Email: r.adhikari@uq.edu.au

Preferred educational background

Your application will be assessed on a competitive basis.

We take into account your

  • previous academic record
  • publication record
  • honours and awards
  • employment history.

A working knowledge of agricultural industry of developing countries, particularly of Pakistan's citrus industry would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of agribusiness, value chain management, agricultural economics, development economics, policy and rural development and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of agriculture and/or agribusiness is highly desirable.

Latest commencement date

If you are the successful candidate, you must commence by Research Quarter 3, 2023. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date.

If you are an international applicant, you may need to apply much earlier for visa requirements.

How to apply

You apply for this project as part of your PhD program application.

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