Crawford Fund in the NT

The Northern Territory Program was established in April 2002 to provide a Northern Territory focus for the Crawford Fund’s training programs. It aims to increase the number of trained technicians, technologists and scientists in developing countries to undertake useful and effective R&D activities for the improvement of agricultural productivity and food production in these countries.The strategic approach of the Program recognises the need to promote international agricultural research to assist in the alleviation of rural poverty with an emphasis on Southeast Asia, especially East Timor. It also aims to develop linkages between Territory institutions and agriculture and resource conservation specialists in these developing countries to facilitate the transfer of technology and assist in training for rural and regional development. The Northern Territory Program aims to identify and develop initiatives that make use of local expertise to benefit countries overseas while also creating educational, business and trade opportunities for Northern Territory.

Local business people, academics, rural and fishing industry representatives and others are welcome to provide input into the decisions to be made on the program’s focus and priorities for its Northern Territories constituents.

2019 Crawford Fund NT 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 Northern Territory, applications are invited from honours and postgraduate students interested in gaining international agricultural research experience in developing countries. Reports from previous awardees are linked on this page.

Applicants should be enrolled either at Honours Level (following a 3‐year degree course), in 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 $3,000 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 NT Coordinator, Tania Paul, welcomes your inquiries. You can contact her at tania.paul@crawfordfund.org

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!

NT Committee Members

  • Helen GarnettChair, Prof Helen Garnett PSM FTSE FAICD
    Former Vice Chancellor CDU
  • Coordinator,  Ms Tania Paul
    Senior Lecturer, School of Science & Primary Industries, Charles Darwin University
    P: 08 8946 7158
    M: 0438 617 600
  • Philip Hausler
    Executive Director, Plant Industries Development, Department of Primary Industry and Resources
  • Mr Neil MacDonald
    Regional Director & Manager of Pastoral Research, Department of Primary Industry and Resources
  • Dr Jeremy Russell-Smith
    Member North Australian Indigenous Land & Sea Management Alliance
  • Glenn Schipp
    Director Fisheries and Aquaculture from the Department of Primary Industry and Resources
  • Ms Kate Peake
    CEO, Regional Development Australia Northern Territory
Training Activities

Academic Writing in the Mountains of West Timor
17 researchers and academics from six universities (Charles Darwin University, Australian National University, Western Sydney University, Nusa Cendana University, Halu Oleo University & Christian University of Wira Wacana) met in the mountain town of Soe, in Central-West Timor, Indonesia, for a three-day writing workshop. Coordinated by Rohan Fisher, Dr Sarah Hobgen and Sam Pickering, the workshop was part of a 3.5 year DFAT-funded small-scale mining project on artisanal and small-scale mining for development in Eastern Indonesia.

Livelihoods & Resources
Crawford Fund training held in Darwin aimed to build capacity in natural resources and indigenous livelihoods for Indonesian participants. The course covered theory as well as hands-on activities around community-based enterprise development, sustainable livelihoods and indigenous rights management.

Training in Mango Research
Mangoes are one of the major fruit crops grown in the Northern Territory. Extensive training in mango research, across six scientific disciplines, was undertaken for 38 delegates from Vietnam, Cambodia, Pakistan, Fiji, Philippines, Australia and Indonesia. The training was held in Darwin, just prior to the XI International Mango Symposium ‘Science Supporting the Mango Industry’.

Joaquim and Abel learn how to carry out diagnostic tests in the Darwin DAFF laboratory (Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, ELISA).Strengthening biosecurity in Timor Leste and the region
There are limited opportunities for plant biosecurity and quarantine training in East Timor, but it is of vital importance to the country’s food security and to regional biosecurity. Crawford Fund’s NT and WA committees pooled resources to support training to bolster biosecurity skills in Timor Leste.

NT 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 scholar supported by the NT Committee to attend the Crawford Fund’s 2018 Annual Conference was Samantha Nowland. Read her reflections from the 2018 conference here.