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John Allwright Fellowship

Scholarships for partner country scientists to obtain Australian postgraduate qualifications.
JAF Capacity building

The John Allwright Fellowship (JAF) provides scientists from partner countries currently or recently involved in ACIAR research projects with the opportunity to obtain postgraduate qualifications at Australian tertiary institutions. While individuals will benefit from the scheme, the primary aim of the Fellowship is to enhance research capacity in ACIAR’s partner country institutions.

The JAF is largest scheme in ACIAR’s Capacity Building Program in financial terms. It provides PhD and Masters scholarships to agricultural researchers, administered through the Australia Awards system.  There are approximately 80 JAFs studying in Australia at 12 universities across the country. Applications are invited annually. 

In its Gender Equity Policy and Strategy 2017-2022, ACIAR committed to achieving gender parity in its Capacity Building Program by 2020. In line with this commitment, women now comprise at least half of new JAFs. 

John Allwright Fellowship Executive Leadership Program (JAFel)

In 2019 the first cohort of JAFs began the new John Allwright Fellowship Executive Leadership Program (JAFel), which covers leadership, people and communication skills, finance and project management. Delivered by the University of New England, the fellows undertake a 10-day intensive camp followed by a 15-month program of online learning. The online program takes around six hours a month, complementing the fellows’ postgraduate study. The program concludes with a four-day camp. On completion, JAFel participants achieve 50 per cent of a certificate qualification.

How to apply

All applicants must be currently or recently working with an ACIAR project. Before progressing a nomination, project leaders and applicants should read our guidelines about how to apply.

An awardee’s postgraduate studies must form a discrete topic related to, but not part of, an ACIAR research project. Ideally, the study program will allow the awardee to remain actively involved in the project research work throughout their studies. ACIAR will support coursework postgraduate degrees in certain circumstances.

We ask project leaders to make sure that a project will not be jeopardised should their nominee receive an award, as the ACIAR project must be able to function in the absence of a successful awardee. More than one person may be nominated from a project, but the project leader must be able to demonstrate that the project can function in the absence of more than one awardee.

Project leaders wishing to nominate project staff for a fellowship should contact the relevant ACIAR Research Program Manager to discuss the eligibility of the candidate, possible program of study, and the impact on the project should a fellowship be awarded to the individual. 

Please contact the appropriate Research Program Manager with any questions.

Key dates 

Application round opens   -    3 February 2020

Application round closes   -    In view of the impact of COVID-19, DFAT has reviewed the current schedule for the 2021 Intake of Australia Awards Scholarships applications and advises that the closing date for the submission of the 2021 intake application deadline will be extended from 30 April 2020 to 30 June 2020.

ACIAR Training Committee selects successful applicants   -   August 2020 (assessment during July 2020)

Applicants notified of outcome   -   End of August/ beginning of September 2020

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