SA Committee


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. A brochure summarising our activities is available here.

2020 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 2020 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.

We strongly recommend you read this general background information before you start your online application. 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.


With the disruption to the university year caused by COVID-19, we are extending the closing date for our 2020 student awards to Friday 26 June 2020.

Apply online here.

Any questions? Please contact our SA Coordinator, Mr Roger Wickes. Please email  him initially.


Congratulations to the 22 successful applicants from around Australia who are receiving our 2019 awards to experience international agricultural research and development first hand. The SA awardee is:

Manithaythip Thephavanh, University of Adelaide
Location: Lao PDR
Research: Engaging youth in agricultural entrepreneurship in Laos
Project ID: ASEM/2014/052 (ACIAR) – Smallholder farmer decision-making and technology adoption in southern Lao PDR
Institute: Lao Ministry of Agriculture National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute

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.

SA Committee in the News

SA Crawford Fund Scholars: Annual Conference 2019

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.

We’re excited to announce our bumper crop of 51  2019 Annual Conference scholarship winners from universities and organisations across Australia. This takes our conference scholar alumni to almost 320 young students and researchers and industry representatives with an interest in reshaping agriculture to better address food security, the nutritional needs of a growing population, and the environment.

The 2019 conference scholars from SA are listed below. You can read their experiences here.

Tara Garrard, South Australian Research and Development Institute
Natasha Hallett, University of Adelaide
Duc Nguyen, Centre for Global Food and Resources, University of Adelaide
Joshua Philp, University of Adelaide