IAPRI Student Exchange Scholarship

IAPRI Student Exchange Scholarship 2020-21

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


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

Eligible applicants

Any 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. IAPRI will also allow undergrads who are deemed outstanding candidates by their member universities/Institutes.


Minimum of 6 months

Number of scholarships

One scholarship will be awarded

Scholarship amount

  • Stipend of $7,000 US dollars

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 2021 IAPRI Member Conference in Mumbai, India May 25-28, 2021

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 2020-2021.
  • 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.

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 sg@iapri.org
Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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

Applications will be shortlisted, and selected candidates will be invited to the IAPRI World Conference, hosted by Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM) in Monterrey, Mexico to make presentations of their proposals. IAPRI will not provide any financial support for travel or any other expenses relating to attending the conference. Those candidates unable to travel to Mexico 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 30th IAPRI Member Conference on Packaging in Mumbai, India May 25-28, 2021 hosted by the SIES School of Packaging & Packaging Technology Center. The candidates will be expected to fund their own travel and expenses to the India.

Important dates

  • Announcement: December 2019
  • Application deadline: February 28, 2020
  • Announcement of short-listed applicants:  Mid- April, 2020
  • Presentation at conference: June 15-18, 2020 (video presentation is acceptable)
  • Announcement of successful candidate: At conclusion of the 2020 Conference 
  • Research period: between Sept 2020-April 2021
  • Final presentation of results at IAPRI Member Conference in Mumbai, India May 25-28, 2021

Contact person

Ed Church, IAPRI Secretary General