QLD Committee

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, established in 2014, 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 Fund QLD 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 QLD Committee offers a small number of competitive 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. You can access further information on the Crawford Fund Student Awards offered by the QLD Committee, the eligibility requirements, the key selection criteria and the reporting requirements, by clicking here

The Application Portal for 2024 Crawford Fund QLD Student Awards is now open (click here to access). Please be sure to carefully read the eligibility requirements, the key selection criteria and the reporting requirements for the QLD Student Awards (available here) before submitting your application.  


Congratulations to the 6 successful applicants from QLD universities, who received 2023 awards to gain experience in international agricultural research and development first hand.

International Engagement Awards

The Crawford Fund QLD Committee supports targeted training and mentoring of overseas scientists and extension officers by experienced Queensland counterparts working on similar agricultural research challenges. An overview of the awards, the selection criteria and the application form can be downloaded here. Applications for the 2024 International Engagement Awards close on 29 March 2024. 

Further enquiries and information on how to apply can be directed to the Honorary Queensland Coordinator, Prof Bob Lawn at bob (dot) lawn (at) crawfordfund (dot) org

Congratulations To Our 2023 Crawford-In-Queensland International Engagement Award Winners! 

Qld Crawford Fund Scholars: 2023 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.

Our 2023 Queensland scholars (left to right) Madeleine Grist, Jemma Restall, Bisakha Dewan, Bethany Smith, Ming Cheng, Phoebe Arbon, Nakita Cally and Edith Kichamu pictured with QLD Crawford Fund Committee Coordinator Prof Bob Lawn.

Queensland Committee in the News