News: Queensland Training & Mentoring Awards open, October 2018

The Crawford Fund has a proud history of engaging Australians in training developing country scientists, researchers and, in some instances, farmers to improve food and nutrition security. Since 1987 we have provided training through our State and Territory Committees for over 12,000 individuals from more than 50 countries.

Gender Equality training supported by the Queensland Committee

The Queensland State Committee program focusses particularly on research challenges faced in beef production, horticulture, tropical crops, fisheries and biosecurity, reflecting the importance of these industry sectors, and the consequent research experience, in Queensland.

In 2019 the committee is offering awards for both training and mentoring activities and applications are now open.

“As part of a wider initiative by the Crawford Fund to promote mentoring activities by experienced Australian researchers and volunteers, the Committee is offering a small number of competitive grants for either mentoring or training activities,” explained Professor Bob Lawn, the coordinator of the Queensland Committee.

“While training awards are for one year only, mentoring awards may in select instances extend for more than one year and perhaps be eligible for additional support from the Crawford Fund centrally,” he said.

Professor Lawn noted that mentoring activities focus on promoting experiential learning, through experienced Australian staff working actively with their overseas counterparts either in-country or in Australia. 

“The mentoring Awards are open to retiree volunteers, but applications should be made through a Queensland-based host organisation,” he noted.

Individual awards for both training and mentoring are for up to a maximum of $12,000 annually.

Applications should be made on the form for International engagement awards. You can contact the Queensland Coordinator, Prof Bob Lawn bob.lawn@crawfordfund.org for further information about both the Mentoring and Training Awards. 

Applications close on 8 February 2019 and should be sent to bob.lawn@crawfordfund.org

Stories of earlier activities that were funded, can be found on the Queensland Committee webpage.