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Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for Graduate Assistant Scholarships to undertake a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) by research only at The University of the South Pacific’s Tonga Campus.

The awards are tenable from 2016 and held at the Institute of Education located at the USP Tonga campus. The Institute of Education conducts research, consultancy and development work, deliver professional development and learning programs and publish children’s reading and learning materials. The Institute has offices at the Tonga Campus, Laucala Campus and at the Honiara Campus. For more information about the Institute please visit www.usp.ac.fj/ioe

Generic Research Areas

This award is to develop skills and research in the following educational disciplinary:

Assessment and Psychometrics
Financing Education
Education Statistics

Students with strong interest in the above areas are invited to apply. Candidate must have completed/demonstrated ability to design, conduct and complete a thesis or minor research project. Candidates with strong quantitative research background and teaching experience around the region are also encouraged to apply.

Benefits and Conditions

A Graduate Assistant Scholarship award in 2016 will comprise the following:

  • Tuition fees (paid directly)
  • Book allowance of up to $750/year
  • General Services fees paid directly
  • Health Services fees paid directly
  • Living allowance of $13,143 per year to be paid on a monthly basis
  • Dependents Allowance of $10,883.00 per year to qualifying awardees
  • Establishment Allowance of $1,942.00 (one-off) to qualifying awardees
  • Research grant – only after the research plan and budget have been approved by the appropriate Faculty 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.

[All values are in Fijian Dollars].

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 and will be required to work a minimum of 40 hours per week on their research for the entire year . Scholarship holders will also be expected to contribute to ongoing research projects at the Institute for a maximum of eight hours per week only during semester time. Candidates who successfully complete the award, and upon mutual agreement, may be invited to become a full time staff of the Institute of Education, USP.


Applicants must be citizens of a USP member country, and preferably be 45 years or younger for PhD studies at the time of application to be considered for the scholarship. The application must be accompanied by the Applicant Detail Form, an outline of a proposed research topic which demonstrates knowledge of the proposed subject. Applicants may discuss their applications with a potential supervisor. Applicants should also submit a full CV, certified true copies of their academic transcripts and the names and contact details of three referees.

An applicant checklist is provided online to aid the applicant, and must be submitted with the application.

Closing date for applications is 26th February, 2016

Completed application to be sent to:

Research Student Coordinator
Ms Shaiza Janif
Research Office
The University of the South Pacific
Phone: (+679) 323 2403
Fax:  (+679) 323 1504
Email: shaiza.janif(at)usp.ac.fj [preferred]