The Crawford Fund has a number of strategies as part of our efforts to build the next generation of Australian researchers with an interest in agricultural research and development, including the conference scholar program, volunteering for projects overseas, and through our work with Researchers in Agriculture for International Development (RAID).
These strategies are part of our overall campaign for greater recognition of the impact and benefit of international agricultural research and development to Australia and to developing countries.
Another important strategy is our Student Awards. Launched in 2017, many of our State and Territory Committees supported visits to developing countries by students, so they could gain valuable experience and expertise overseas ‘in the field’. Award recipients can download reporting guidelines here.
Based on the success of the awards in 2017, all of our State Committees now offer these awards to students in every State and Territory.
Applications for our 2020 Student Awards closed in June, with second round applications called for university students in the ACT, NSW and QLD. The closing date for this latest round is Monday 02 November 2020.
If you’d like to help spread the word of our student awards, a flyer is here.
Here’s what a couple of our previous recipients had to say:
Jo Talbot, University of Tasmania
“Looking back on the trip to Vietnam, I am very grateful to The Crawford Fund for the opportunity to visit working farms and meet local farmers. Without their support I wouldn’t have been able to get such a valuable insight into beef-production in Vietnam.”
Laurelle Neugebauer, Curtin University
“Throughout my visits to many other farmers and associates I grew to understand the large complexities faced by these people. This was often confronting whether their constraints were related to colonisation or current issues such as climate change.”
Katherine Ashley, University of Sydney
“I would like to acknowledge the NSW Crawford Fund Committee for their generous support which has provided funds to travel in-country, conduct this research and develop my skills as a young agricultural scientist.”