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Fellowships, Scholarships and Alumni

As Australia’s specialist international agricultural research for development agency, ACIAR builds the capacity of individuals and institutions in developing countries to carry out agricultural research projects.

ACIAR builds capacity through structured training, informal networking and learning at the project level. While the formal fellowships and scholarships are high profile, our informal ‘on-the-job’ training and research partnerships across cultures and countries are also delivering significant outcomes.

Participants are generally connected with ACIAR-funded research projects in the Indo-Pacific region, from eastern Africa to the South Pacific.

Read more about ACIAR's Capacity Building policy.

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ACIAR Alumni Research Support Facility

In response to COVID-19, we’re providing new funding to support research led by ACIAR Alumni across the Indo-Pacific.

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John Allwright Fellowship

For more than 30 years the John Allwright Fellowship has supported individuals from partner countries involved in ACIAR-supported collaborative research projects to obtain postgraduate qualifications at Australian tertiary institutions. The program provides the researcher with the opportunity of remaining involved in the ACIAR project throughout his or her studies, and supporting them in developing the capability of continuing the research on their return home.

In 2018, ACIAR has 100 John Allright Fellows studying at 12 universities across Australia.


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John Dillon Fellowship

Since 2002 the John Dillon Fellowship Program has supported the career development of outstanding agricultural scientists and economists who are currently working on or have recently completed an ACIAR research project. Each year, the Program offers up to 15 individual fellowships and, from 2019, an institutional fellowship to a group of up to 15 colleagues.

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Meryl Williams Fellowship

The Meryl Williams Fellowship program will support women in agricultural research for development to enhance their leadership skills and increase their impact through a combination of immersive learning, mentoring, networking and professional development.

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In 2018 ACIAR will establish an alumni to maintain professional connections between current and past scientists and researchers. 

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Launch Funding

ACIAR provides financial assistance to organisations or individuals organising or attending activities that increase knowledge and build capacity to benefit international agricultural research. 

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ACIAR-University of the South Pacific (USP) Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme

The ACIAR-University of the South Pacific (USP) Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme creates the opportunity for partner country students to become involved in ACIAR-supported collaborative research projects while obtaining postgraduate qualifications at University of the South Pacific.