Crawford Fund in Tas

The Tasmanian program was established in 2011, the last State to do so. With support from the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, the program addresses training needs identified as part of the wide spectrum of research and development undertaken by Tasmanian-based scientists. A particular feature of the program has been the emphasis on sustainable forestry and fisheries, with a concentration of effort in ACIAR and other projects in those areas undertaken by UTAS, CSIRO and the Tasmanian Forest Practices Authority. Tasmanian agriculture is also characterised by diversity, from intensive horticulture and dairying through to mixed cropping and livestock, and that has also been reflected in the programs supported, from pyrethrum and vegetables in PNG through to beef cattle in Vietnam. The Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture has research interests across the value chain from production to market, with particular expertise in intensive production systems based on irrigation. While the Tasmanian environment is temperate, researchers operate in a wide range of tropical lowland and highland environments in the Pacific Islands, PNG, Indonesia, Vietnam and elsewhere.

2019 Crawford Fund Tasmania 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 Tasmania, applications are invited from the State’s undergraduate 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 undergraduate level, 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 TAS Coordinator, Dr Neville Mendham, welcomes your inquiries. You can contact him at n.mendham@utas.edu.au

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!

Tasmanian Committee Members

  • Chair, Mr Richard Warner
    Government House, Hobart
    Husband of Governor Kate Warner
    Formerly horticulture and agribusiness


  • Coordinator, Dr Neville Mendham
    Honorary Research Associate, UTAS
    P: 03 6260 4238
    M: 0407 876 903
  • Dr Tina Acuna, Associate Professor in Crop Science and Program Leader for Internationalisation, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, UTAS, Hobart
  • Dr Jagannath Aryal, Senior Lecturer, Discipline of Geography and Spatial Sciences, School of Land and Food, UTAS, Hobart
  • Dr Sarah Bonny, Lecturer Animal Science, UTAS and RAID representative
  • Mr Tim Eldridge, Policy and Legislation, Agrigrowth Tasmania, Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, Hobart. Formerly with Ausaid, Canberra
  • Dr Stephen Ives, Research Fellow in Agronomy and Farming Systems, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, UTAS, Launceston
  • Mr Tim Mackey, Former Senior Executive DAFF, Agricultural Counsellor to Australian Embassy Washington, OECD Paris Head of Food and Agriculture Division, Chairman International Grains Council and Board member, GRDC
  • Prof Holger Meinke, Director Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, and Head, School of Land and Food, UTAS, Hobart
  • Dr Beth Penrose. Lecturer in Pasture Science, UTAS, and RAID Representative
  • Mr Craig Proctor, Fisheries Scientist and Leader of Collaboration
    Projects with Indonesia, CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, Hobart
  • Mr Bob Reid, Director, TasGlobal Seeds, former Director of Agriculture, Falkland Islands
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