Crawford Fund in the ACT

The Fund’s Australian Capital Territory Program was established in 2006. Its location in Canberra provides a great opportunity to work with several Departments and Agencies of the Australian Government including ACIAR – and with a number of the peak bodies that are part of the Australian agricultural, forestry and fisheries industries. The organisation also has access to eminent researchers in scientific organisations and universities based in the nation’s capital.

The geographic focus of the Program is Papua New Guinea, Pacific Island countries and East Timor. Training activities in other countries are supported on a case-by-case basis. These activities reflect Canberra’s strength in research on forestry, agricultural policy, economics, molecular biology, entomology natural resources management and national regulation of agricultural matters such as quarantine, water and GM crop releases.

Crawford Fund Student Awards

2019 Crawford Fund ACT Student Awards
As part of our efforts to support and encourage the next generation in study, careers and volunteering in international agricultural research, the Crawford Fund proudly supports our Student Awards. Our Student Awards have been developed specifically to enable university students with practical, feet-on-the-ground, involvement in an overseas project as part of their studies.

In the Australian Capital Territory, the awards are open to the Territory’s Honours and Postgraduate students interested in gaining international agricultural research experience in developing countries.

Applicants should be enrolled either at Honours Level (following a 3‐year degree course), the fourth year of a four-year degree course or in a postgraduate degree (Masters or PhD).  Priority will be given to Australian nationals and permanent residents.

The award takes the form of a bursary to a maximum value of $3000 per awardee, and can be used for airfares, other travel costs, accommodation and subsistence, and/or operational research costs.

Applications are now open. The closing date for all awards is Friday, 29 March 2019.

We strongly recommend you read the general background information here before you start your online application.

Apply online here. The short online application form will require you to attach a brief CV, the signatures of, or a supporting note from, the Authorised Officers approving your application, and details of at least one referee. Your health and safety are paramount to us so you will be asked to provide details of relevant arrangements for this purpose too.

Any questions
Our ACT Coordinator, Dr Tony Fischer AO, welcomes your inquiries. You can contact him at

The requirements of the award include reporting on your experience, both to the funding committee but also for our public awareness campaign. Take a peek at the suggested reporting guidelines here.

Good Luck!

ACT Committee Members


  • Coordinator, Dr Tony Fischer AO FTSE FAIA
    Honorary Fellow, CSIRO Agriculture Flagship
    P: 02 62465244
  • Eric Craswell
    Assoc Professor, Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU
  • Dr Kathy Dibley
    CSIRO Post Doctoral Fellow
  • David Gale
    Project Officer Plant Health Australia – RAID Representative
  • Dr TJ Higgins FAA FTSE
    CSIRO Division of Plant Industry
  • Dr Lyn Hinds,
    Honorary Fellow, CSIRO Health and Biosecurity
  • Ms Jen Kelly,
    Senior Research Technician, CSIRO Ag and Food
  • Dr Peter McCawley
    Consultant, Asian Development Bank, Manila, Philippines
ACT Committee in the News

ACT Crawford Fund Scholars: 2018 Annual Conference

Each year, the Crawford Fund Committees offer Conference Scholarships for students and young researchers to attend the annual conference. The Scholarship provides funds to cover expenses such as travel, accommodation and registration.

The scholars supported by the ACT Committee to attend the Crawford Fund’s 2018 Annual Conference were Annamaria De Rosa, Demi Gamble, Evie Packett, Jenny Shanks and Joseph Vile. Read their reflections from the 2018 conference here.