Crawford Fund Scholar Program

The Crawford Fund Scholar Program is one of the foundations of our efforts to encourage young Australians in international research, development and education for the benefit of both developing countries and Australia.

Scholarships to attend the Crawford Fund Annual Conference and our special Scholar Program are awarded to young students and scientists who have a genuine interest in international agricultural research and development.

The scholar activities around the conference include personal discussions with inspiring international speakers from the conference providing career advice and the matching of personal mentors for the duration of the conference and, depending on those involved, well into the future.

The fun and informative activities are developed in partnership with young and ‘old’ agricultural scientists and Researchers in Agriculture for International Development (RAID), a network hosted by the Fund which is working to connect, engage and support agricultural researchers working in international development.

Since the program started in 2010, we have had more than 270 scholars participate. You can hear some of the scholars being interviewed from our 2016 conference in the video below.

Support a Scholar

By donating funds to support young scientists and students to attend the Crawford Fund Annual Conference and Scholar Program, you can help shape their future in Australian agriculture and international development.

You may prefer to nominate and donate to support a young Australian you would like to see benefit from the scholarship and conference experience.

Donations are tax deductible, and support is acknowledged.

More more background on the program, read our Scholar Booklet, with a list of the 200+ alumni and some of the scholars’ experiences, and you can read the positive feedback we received from last year’s Scholars here.

You can support the scholar program here, or or if you would like more information, please contact Cathy Reade, Director of Outreach, via email (cathy.reade@crawfordfund.org), or by calling 0413 575 934.

Crawford Fund Scholar Brochure
Click on the image to view the Crawford Fund Scholar Brochure

Recipients of conference scholarships submit a report after attending the event. See below for scholar reflections from our most recent conferences:

In 2018, we awarded 44 conference scholarships. Half of our scholars were supported by the Crawford Fund’s State and Territory Committees, and the other 22 scholars were funded by our loyal and supportive external Scholar Sponsors.Once again, we would like to thank our sponsors and our wonderful mentors who volunteer their time and offer valuable guidance, support and insights to the scholars throughout the conference.

Read the reflections of the successful scholars here.

In 2017, 48 Conference scholarships were awarded. Half of these were supported by the Crawford Fund’s State and Territory Committees, and the other half were generously supported by our Scholar Sponsors.

Read about the experiences of our young scholars here.