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.

2018 Crawford Fund Student Awards

The Crawford Fund and its State programs are supporting the training and development of young agricultural scientists across Australia through its 2018 Crawford Fund Student Awards. The Australian Capital Territory State Committee is offering the opportunity for tertiary students in ACT to receive first-hand experience in international agricultural research.

Applications are now open. For more information, visit the 2018 Crawford Fund Student Awards, download the flyer, or contact Download an application form and apply by Thursday, 29 March 2018.

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
  • 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: 2017 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.

ACT 2017 conference scholars

ACT 2017 conference scholars

The scholars supported by the ACT Committee to attend the Crawford Fund’s 2017 Annual Conference were Raghvendra Sharma and Kathy Dibley of CSIRO Agriculture & Food, and Kylie Ireland of CSIRO. Read their reflections from the 2017 conference here.