Crawford Fund in Qld

The Queensland Program was established in 1996 with generous and continuing support from the Government of Queensland, private industry and our agricultural research partners. The Program addresses industry issues in the humid and seasonally-arid tropics, in the developing countries of our near region as well as in Queensland. The Program seeks to fund learning opportunities in two main areas: for tertiary students at Queensland institutes who are interested in international agricultural research (IAR), to help them gain valuable international experience and expertise; and for overseas scientists, to obtain mentoring and training support from experienced Queensland counterparts working on similar agricultural research challenges.

The objective of the student support program is to help train the next generation of professionals aspiring to work in IAR, by helping them gain valuable international experience and expertise through their active participation in IAR projects as part of their tertiary training. The projects that the students are supported to link with may be governmental (e.g. ACIAR, university, FAO), non-governmental (NGO) or commercial (e.g. seed or R&D company). The objective of the support program for international scientists is to enhance their research experience and technical understanding, and promote technology exchange and collaborative research, through participation in mentoring and training activities with experienced Queensland counterparts.

The Queensland program focusses particularly on industry 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. The objective is to add tactical but focussed value to the more extensive and ongoing activities of organisations like ACIAR, the universities and research organisations in Queensland. The aim is to facilitate contacts that will foster stronger research and industry links, locally and in the region longer-term.

Crawford-in-Queensland Awards for Tertiary Students
Crawford-in-Queensland Awards for Tertiary Students The Crawford Fund Queensland Committee offers research funding awards for tertiary students aspiring to work in international agricultural research (IAR). The purpose of the awards is to facilitate active student participation in IAR projects, in order to help them gain valuable international experience and expertise.

Two types of award are available: Honours Research Scholarships and Postgraduate Student Awards. For information on how to apply, you can access the application form here. Applications for the 2018 Student Awards will be available from 15 December and should be submitted by 30 March 2018. For details on the 2017 award recipients, click here.

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

International Mentoring/ Training Awards
The Queensland State Committee has for many years supported targetted training of overseas scientists and extension officers. This year, reflecting a wider initiative by the Crawford Fund centrally to promote mentoring activities by experienced Australian researcher volunteers, the Queensland Committee is offering a small number of competitive grants for mentoring as well as training activities in research, extension or governance / management.

Mentoring activities will focus on promoting experiential learning, through experienced Australian staff working actively with their overseas counterparts either in-country or in Australia. In-country activities may be supplemented with engagement with ACIAR projects, NGOs and volunteers and in Australia with conference and workshop attendance and/or short-term visits to other institutes. Mentoring activities are open to retiree volunteers, but applications should be made through a Queensland-based host organisation.

Individual awards are for up to a maximum of $12,000 annually, but where circumstances warrant, may extend for more than one year. Applications for the 2019 International Mentoring / Training Awards close on 8 February 2019. The application form can be downloaded by clicking on this link: International engagement awards. You can contact the Queensland Coordinator, Prof Bob Lawn bob.lawn@crawfordfund.org for further information about the Crawford-in-Qld Student Awards and the International Mentoring / Training Awards.

Queensland Committee Members

  • Kaye BasfordChair, Professor Kaye Basford FTSE, FAICD, FIS, FAIAST, FQA
    Head, School of Biomedical Sciences and Former President, Academic Board, University of Queensland
  • Coordinator, Prof Bob Lawn FRSB FTSE FAIA
    Honorary Fellow, CSIRO Agriculture & Food and Adjunct Professor, JCU
    M: 0418 789 708
  • Dr Kep Coughlan
    Private Consultant
  • Dr Madaline Healy,
    Research Fellow, University of the Sunshine Coast and Vice-President, RAID
  • Dr Lee Hickey
    ARC DECRA Senior Research Fellow, QAAFI, The University of Queensland
  • Mr Phil Norman,
    Principal Scientist (Landscape Sciences) Qld Dept of Environment and Science
  • The Hon Tim Mulherin,
    Former Minister for Agriculture, Food and Regional Economies and MP for Mackay in the QLD Legislative Assembly
  • Mrs Michelle Sinn
    Principal Coordinator (External Funding), DAF
  • Dr Yasmin Sultanbawa
    Associate Professor, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI)
Queensland Committee in the News

Key Queensland events

Qld 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.

2016 Qld Committee sponsored scholars

2017 QLD Committee sponsored scholars

The scholars supported by the QLD Committee to attend the Crawford Fund’s 2017 Annual Conference were Sarah Sutcliffe of James Cook University, John Fasi and Fynn De Daunton of the University of Queensland and Lydia O’Meara of Central Queensland University. Read their reflections from the 2017 conference here.