Crawford Fund in WA

Established in 1995 with support from the Government of Western Australia and the private sector, the Western Australian Program invites submissions for training developing country workers in any field where WA expertise can make a significant contribution to food production. We especially seek projects for training Indonesian, African and Middle Eastern workers in plant breeding, pasture and animal production, grain storage, salinity problems, plant nutrition and fisheries management.

Western Australian farmers have benefited from the support provided to developing country trainees by acquiring valuable plant germplasm—Biserrula from Morocco, anthracnose resistant albus lupin from Ethiopia, and black spot resistant field pea from Russia—through the scientific network that the training courses have established. In addition, training in pest and disease diagnosis and control is reducing risks of introducing plant and animal diseases, and problems arising from faulty diagnosis of diseases in products that are exported from and imported into Australia. Commercial enterprises have benefited from their partnership with the Crawford Fund to support training projects for importers in the efficient use of their products, reducing marketing risks, and enhancing their image as good corporate citizens.

We invite new participants for projects on the basis that WA commerce will be “doing well by doing good.”

2019 Crawford Fund WA 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 Western Australia, the awards are open to Honours and Postgraduate students from WA 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 $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 WA Coordinator, Emeritus Professor Lyn Abbott, welcomes your inquiries. You can contact her at lyn.abbott@crawfordfund.org

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!

International Training and Agriculture Awards
The Crawford Fund and its State programs support the training of international scientists and extension officers in agricultural development. The Western Australia Committee offers the opportunity for developing country scientists to work specifically with WA-based institutions in international agricultural research (IAR).

In addition, the committee offers an award for a young Western Australian honours or postgraduate student to add an international component to their work. This initiative aims to facilitate active student participation in IAR projects in order to help them gain valuable experience and expertise.

The two types of awards are ‘International Training’ and a ‘Student International Agricultural Award’. For each of these opportunities, the WA Crawford Fund Committee puts out a call for a new round of applications. Further information can be found here, and obtained from the WA Coordinator Dr James Ridsdill-Smith (james.ridsdill-smith@crawfordfund.org).

WA Committee Members

  • Alex CampbellChair, Mr Alex Campbell AM
    Farmer and former Chair of CRC Salinity, Land & Water Australia and WA Farmers Federation
  • Coordinator, Em Prof Lyn Abbot FAIAST
    School of Earth Geographical Sciences,
    University of Western Australia
  • Prof Richard Bell
    School of Veterinary & Life Sciences, Murdoch University
  • Prof William Erskine
    Director, International Centre for Plant Breeding,
    Education & Research, University of Western Australia
  • Dr Mike Ewing
    Grains Research Development Corporation
  • Kerry Regan
    Director Grains Research & Innovation,
    Department of Agriculture & Food, Western Australia
  • Dr Graeme Robertson FTSE
    Private Consultant
  • Prof Kadambot Siddique AM FTSE
    Director, UWA Institute of Agriculture,
    Faculty of Natural & Agricultural Sciences
  • Ms Sarita Bennett
    Faculty of Science and Engineering
    School of Molecular and Life Sciences
    Curtin University
  • Ms Hayley Norman
    Agriculture and Food
    CSIRO Centre for Environment and Life Sciences
Training Activities and Events

The Western Australian Committee is involved in a range of training activities, such as managing stored grain pests, safe herbicide use and biosecurity; and events to provide networking opportunities for younger researchers.

Here are some examples:


WA 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 by the WA Committee to attend the Crawford Fund’s 2018 Annual Conference were James Bidstrup, Alicea Garcia and Silke Jacques. Read their reflections from the 2018 conference here.