Crawford Fund in Vic

The Victorian program, established in 1995, enjoys strong support from the Victorian Government and the private sector for its training activities in crop production, the dairy industry, education and animal health. The Victorian Program has adopted a strategy of selecting and concentrating on projects which will provide cumulative ongoing benefit to developing country agriculture by running programs which build on experience year on year for up to three years.

This, however, does not prevent us from seizing opportunities for valuable ad hoc training when appropriate. Major crop programs have included cocoa in Vietnam and Papua New Guinea (PNG), potatoes in PNG, dairy hygiene in Malaysia and Indonesia, animal health in Nepal and an ongoing relationship with the Royal National University of Bhutan where we helped to set up a bachelor of agriculture degree course and training in research techniques in agriculture. Victorian scientists and technologists have welcomed the opportunities to interact with colleagues and students to help them lift agricultural production in developing countries, while at the same time enhancing the scientific capacity of their own agencies through networking and exchanging knowledge and ideas on food and fibre production.

Additionally we are now making greater use of valuable Australian facilities such as the National Grains Genebank and the Australian Animal Health Laboratory, both based in Victoria. We will be looking for opportunities to increase training in plant biosecurity to complement the work we are already doing in animal biosecurity.

2019 Crawford Fund Victoria 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 Victoria, the awards are open to Honours and Postgraduate students enrolled in a Victorian university interested in gaining international agricultural research experience in developing countries.

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). 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 VIC Coordinator, Mr Ted Hayes OAM, 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!

Victorian Committee Members


  • Coordinator
    Mr Ted Hayes OAM FAIAST
    P: 03 9841 8553
    M: 0419 350 912
  • Dr John Allen
    Leader, Regional Program, CSIRO—Australian Animal Health Laboratory
  • Mr Bob Edgar
    Consultant, Phillips Agribusiness
  • Dr Tracy Griffin
    Agriculture Victoria Research Division, Victoria DEDTTR
  • Dr Jenny Hanks,
    MacKinnon Project, University of Melbourne and RAID Representative
  • Dr Bruce Kefford PSM PhD BSc
    Former Deputy Secretary of the Department of Primary Industries, Victoria
  • Bill Lewis FAIA
    Secretary, Victoria Division Ag Institute Australia
  • Mr Bruce Lloyd AM
    Former Deputy Leader of National Party
  • Dr Julie M Nicol
    Consultant in Agriculture, Education & Development
  • Prof Michael Stear, Professor of Animal Biology, La Trobe University
  • Dr Ron Prestidge
    Executive Director, Future farming Systems
  • Professor Paul Taylor
    Associate Professor & Reader (Plant Pathology), The University of Melbourne
  • Dr Ron Wells
    Veterinary Surgeon
Victorian Committee in the News

Key Events

Victoria Crawford Fund Scholars: 2018 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.
The scholars supported through Victoria to attend the Crawford Fund’s 2018 Annual Conference are Maree Bouterakos, Stefanie Carino, Abbey Dyson, Stephanie Prado, Kiana Barrie-Gresham, Tim Luke, Sophia Hoffenberg and Georgia O’Shea. Read their reflections from the 2018 conference here.