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Pacific Regional Sports Research Scholarship

Applications are now CLOSED

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for the Pacific Regional Sports Research Scholarship (PRSRS) to undertake a Master’s by research degree at The University of the South Pacific (USP).

This scholarship is a collaboration between the Oceania National Olympic Committee (ONOC) and USP. The two partners are keen to fund interdisciplinary projects that fall within the following research themes with a focus on sports:

  • Economics
  • Social Impact
  • Physical Education

The awards are tenable from early 2021 and maybe held in any member country of the USP. There will be three scholarships awarded for the 2021 academic year.

Benefits and Conditions

A PRSRS award in 2021 will comprise of the following:

  • Tuition fees (paid directly)
  • Book allowance of up to FJD750/year
  • General Services fees paid directly
  • Health Services fees paid directly
  • Living allowance of FJD21,600
  • Dependents Allowance of FJD10,883 for qualifying awardees
  • Establishment Allowance of FJD1,942 for qualifying awardees
  • Research grant – only after the research plan and budget have been approved by the appropriate Academic Unit Research Committee
  • One return airfare when the person receiving the award has to travel to a USP campus in another country to take up the offer.

Scholarship Conditions

These scholarships are for full-time study only. Awardees are not permitted to be in paid employment during the tenure of their awards. Scholarship holders will be expected to contribute a maximum of eight hours per week to ongoing teaching in their respective School for one semester and for another semester at an industry placement, terms of which will be discussed upon confirmation of award.


Applicants must be citizens of a USP member country (Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu) and preferably be 40 years or younger at the time of application to be considered for the scholarship. Applicants must have a grade point average [GPA] of 3 or above at undergraduate level.  A postgraduate diploma is preferred however not mandatory.

The application must include:

  1. Completed Applicant Detail Form
  2. Cover letter or a letter of application
  3. An outline of proposed research topic**
  4. Curriculum vitae
  5. Name and contact details of three referees
  6. Certified true copies of relevant transcripts and certificates
  7. Proof of citizenship

*Applicants may discuss their applications with a potential supervisor. 

A PRSRS Supervisor List is available to help applicants find potential supervisors.

An Applicant Checklist is provided to aid the applicant, and must be submitted with the application.

Please Note:

  • Applicants must enrol in their respective Schools; the scholarship does not guarantee a place in the School.

Deadline for applications is 30th November, 2020

Completed applications should be sent via email to research@usp.ac.fj with the subject line “2021 PRSRS Application”.  


Queries regarding the scholarship can be directed to:

Anushka Maharaj 

Research Student Coordinator 

Email: anushka.maharaj@usp.ac.fj

Phone: 3231888



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