The John Dillon Memorial Fellowship was established by ACIAR in recognition of Professor John L. Dillon’s life-long support for international agricultural research. The Fellowship scheme serves the memory of John Dillon by providing career development opportunities for outstanding young agricultural scientists or economists from ACIAR partner countries who are involved in a current or recently completed ACIAR project. Eight to ten Fellowships are offered annually

The fellowship provides a career development opportunity in Australia for outstanding mid-career agricultural scientists and economists from ACIAR partner countries. The aim is to develop leadership skills in the area of agricultural research management, agricultural policy and/or extension technologies through exposure to Australian agriculture across a range of best practice organisations.  

Applicants must be associated with ACIAR bilateral projects that are either active or have been completed in the last two years. The ideal person would be a little more senior than those nominated for John Allwright Fellowships, but former JAFS are eligible to apply.  

The application process is not an open selection process. If you don’t meet the selection criteria stated above, you are ineligible to apply. The Fellowship aims to develop leadership skills in the areas of agricultural research management, agricultural policy and/or extension technologies. This is achieved by providing exposure to Australian agriculture across a range of best-practice organisations involved in research, extension and/or policy making.

  • Fellowships involve a 4 week residential stay in Australia
  • Fellows spend at least 50% of the time period hosted by a range of Australian organisations.
    For example:
  • a Federal Government Department
  • University
  • Cooperative Research Centre or
  • State Department of Agriculture

Fellows participate in a formal research management training course in Australia.

Fellows undertake a structured program of visits to various institutes, including the presentation of relevant lectures.

ACIAR is committed to increasing gender parity in agricultural research. It is anticipated, at least half of the successful candidates selected to participate in the 2018 program and in future will be women.

Enquiries can be directed to your appropriate Research Program Manager.