News: International Training Award Program, February 2015

Our Queensland Committee has launched two new awards: one for young Australian ag scientists in Honours or Postgraduate studies, and the other for international scientists and extension staff.

CSIRO Team member Donna Hayes showing participants Geomorphological features for one of the regions in the GIS. From Left to Right Ms Yasmin Ara Ahmad, Dr Gejo Anna Geevarghese, Mr Sarajit Kumar, Dr Mohammed Ashraful Azam Khan, Dr S Prasanna Kumar, Dr K.Sunil MohamedThe Crawford Fund has for many years supported targeted training of overseas scientists and extension officers to assist their work in agricultural research projects and their careers. Some recent stories are available on the website. Our Queensland Committee is hoping to raise the reach of the opportunity for their support of developing country scientists working with Queensland institutions in international agricultural research through its new International Training Award program.

“I believe Australia’s agricultural R&D capacity is second to none – Queensland researchers have knowledge and experience across a wide range of disciplines and relevant to a wide number of conditions experienced by our neighbours,” said Dr Bruce Pengelly, coordinator of the Fund’s Queensland Committee.

“We are hoping to find new Queensland institutions who are currently working in developing countries and assist with training of their in-country scientists.”

“Our experience over 20+ years is that a little support can go a long way with existing projects and our value is that we offer niche training and also a tremendous network of Queenslanders willing to provide guidance,” he said.

The committee is offering a small number of competitive grants of up to a maximum of $12,000 each for short-term training activities. Applications are invited from Queensland-based host organisations.

Applications close on Friday 31 March 2015 and should be sent to bruce.pengelly@crawfordfund.org and Bruce is also happy to take queries.