Crawford Fund in SA

The South Australian Program was established in July 2000 with generous support from the South Australian Government. It places considerable emphasis on soil and plant research because of the strengths in these areas on the Waite and Roseworthy Campuses which house the Faculty of Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences of the University of Adelaide, the CSIRO Land & Water and the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI).

South Australian research expertise is also strong in animal genetics and nutrition and aquaculture, and these are well suited for participation in Crawford Fund activities. South Australian researchers participating in The Crawford Fund to train agricultural scientists from developing countries through individual scientist visits, workshops and training classes (held both in South Australia and overseas) will benefit from the increased opportunities for developing scientific and economic links with many countries in our region.

2019 Crawford Fund SA 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 SA, 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), the fourth year of a four-year degree course or in a postgraduate degree (Masters or PhD).

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 SA Coordinator, Roger Wickes, 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!

SA Committee Members


  • Coordinator, Mr Roger Wickes PSM FAIAST
    Consultant, SA
    P: 08 8535 4399
    M: 0417 086 584
  • Professor David Coventry
    Prof. of Agronomy, The University of Adelaide
  • Ms Dianne Davidson AM
  • Ms Jane Greenslade
    Farmer, SA
  • Dr Allan Mayfield
    Agricultural Consultant
  • Dr Ann McNeill
    Adjunct Ass. Prof., School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, The University of Adelaide
  • Dr Kathy Ophel-Keller
    Research Chief, SA Research & Development Institute
  • Dr Albert Rovira AO FTSE
    Former Coordinator
  • Mr Glen Weir
    Former Director, Innovation Development Primary Industries & Resources
  • Mr Bengy Paulo
    Director Major Programs, Rural Solutions SA, Primary Industries and Regions
  • Mr Rohan Yargop
    RAID representative, Research and Teaching Associate, Centre for Global Food and Resources
International Agricultural Research
The Fund’s South Australian committee supports South Australian institutions and scientists to deliver training that benefits those involved in both developing countries and Australia. See the link below to read more.

South Australian Committee in the News
h-SA science writing


SA Crawford Fund Scholars: Annual Conference 2018

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 SA Committee to attend the Crawford Fund’s 2018 Annual Conference were Bonnie Armour, Emma de Courcy-Ireland, Willa Matchett, Rida Akzar and Alex Howard. Their reflections from the 2018 conference will be available here soon.