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IAPRI Student Exchange Scholarship 2018-19

Sponsored by PepsiCo

Established in 2012 the IAPRI Student Exchange Scholarships support research undertaken by students in IAPRI member organisations and to allow them to travel to other member organisations to further their research work.


To undertake a research project at IAPRI member universities or research institutions

Eligible applicants

Graduate students enrolling at the IAPRI member universities/institutes. A graduate student is defined as a student holding a Bachelor degree, and enrolled/registered as pursuing a PhD or Masters-by-research degree.


Minimum of 6 months

Number of scholarships

One scholarship will be awarded

Scholarship amount

  • Stipend of 7000 US dollars
  • A lump sum towards air fare to and from the host institutes (no more than 660 US dollars per scholarship)

Requirements and Conditions

  • Candidates must be a graduate student currently enrolled in one of the IAPRI member universities or institutes
  • Candidates must have agreement to be supervised by the professor/researcher at the host/institute which is an IAPRI member
  • Candidates must agree to present an oral present describing the results of their research at the next IAPRI Symposium

Application documents

  • An application form with a recent photograph
  • A updated curriculum vitae
  • A confirmation letter from the supervisor at the host university/institute on the university/institute letter head stating that she/he is willing to guide the candidate's research project with a reference to the IAPRI Scholarship for Student Exchange 2018-2019
  • A detailed research proposal (two-pages including research question, intended approach and work schedule signed by the applicant and the supervisor at the university/institute the applicant is currently attending.
  • Details of the IAPRI member organisation where the student intends to carry out the research with an explanation as to why the visit would enhance the research project. 

Application procedure

  • An application form is available by clicking here
  • Required application documents as listed above should be saved or scanned and submitted by email to Ed Church at

Selection criteria

Applications will be considered by the IAPRI Scholarship Selection Committee based on academic achievements and research potential. Scoring will be against

  • Significance (address important problems and potential impacts on advancing packaging related knowledge)
  • Approach (develop conceptual framework, methods, and analyses appropriate to the aim of the research)
  • Scientific and technical merit
  • Innovation

Further information

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applications will be shortlisted and candidates will be invited to the IAPRI conference, hosted by Jinan University and Hunan University of Technology in Zhuhai, China in June 2018 to make presentations of their proposals. IAPRI will not provide any financial support for travel or any other expenses relating to attending the ChIna conference. Those candidates unable to travel to China will be asked to create a video presentation of their research proposal. The successful candidate will be selected by IAPRI members at the conference.

The successful candidate will present their findings at the 29th IAPRI Symposium on Packaging, June 2019 hosted by the University of Twente, Netherlands. The candidates will be expected to fund their own travel and expenses to the Netherlands.


Important dates

  • Announcement: November 2017
  • Application deadline: 19th February 2018
  • Announcement of short-listed applicants:  mid- April
  • Presentation at conference: June 2018 (video presentation)
  • Announcement of successful candidate: June 2018 
  • Research period: between Sept 2018-May 2019
  • Final presentation of results at IAPRI symposium: June 2019


Contact person

Ed Church, IAPRI Secretary General




IAPRI 2018

The 21st IAPRI World Conference on Packaging will take place between 19-22 June in Zhuhai, China. It is hosted by Jinan University and Hunan University of Technology. For more information please click here

Latest News

IAPRI Extends the Deadline for the PepsiCo Student Exchange Scholarship for Research

IAPRI is pleased to announce that PepsiCo is sponsoring the 2018-2019 IAPRI Student Exchange Scholarship.

PepsiCo had stated this in support of the Scholarship: 'We believe this scholarship will provide a deserving student the critical skills and research experience in the field of packaging, needed for a successful career in a packaging or a consumer products company.'

The scholarship is $7,000 and 6 months with the objective of graduate students travel to a member organisation to undertake research that will enhance their work. We have a number of members who are interested in hosting students and we will help applicants contact potential hosts.

The deadline for submissions has beem extended until the 19th of March 2018. Full details will be found at