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What is ACIAR Learn?

As part of its international Capacity Building program, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) has developed the ACIAR Learn program. 

ACIAR Learn is an online learning program that supports the professional development of agricultural researchers around the world. 

The program takes a new approach to capacity building. Participants learn through bite-sized online lessons that can be accessed through their smartphone, tablet, laptop or computer. This means researchers can learn anywhere, at any time, at their own pace. 

The online learning approach is complemented with peer-to-peer learning through live sessions via Zoom, discussion boards and buddy groups. This means that participants can meet peers from around the world, have valuable discussions and make meaningful connections, all through an online platform.  

Creating learning opportunities for researchers around the world

The program was first piloted in November 2021 before being rolled out in April 2022. Since launching:

  • 26 courses have been developed or are in development
  • It has supported 265 learners 
  • An overall satisfaction rate of 92% was achieved
  • 97% of learners found the course useful for their career progression
  • 98% of learners found course content interesting and engaging
  • 90% of participants expanded their international networks as a result of participating in ACIAR Learn
Marianna de Luna

I think ACIAR Learn has prepared me and become a competent researcher, as I am more familiar with ACIAR processes that will help in implementing research projects properly.


Marianna de Luna, Philippines
'Project Management and Leadership Essentials' program.

Accessing ACIAR Learn

ACIAR-funded researchers

ACIAR Learn is available to selected agricultural researchers in ACIAR partner countries who are working on ACIAR-funded projects. Both early career and senior ACIAR-funded researchers can be selected to access ACIAR Learn.

ACIAR Alumni

ACIAR Learn is offering a range of online courses designed specifically for alumni of ACIAR-funded capacity-building programs. You are eligible to sign up for ACIAR Learn’s alumni courses if you have completed at least one of the following:

  • John Allwright Fellowship Program
  • John Dillon Fellowship Program
  • Meryl Williams Fellows
  • University of the South Pacific Scholarship
  • Pacific Agricultural Scholarship and Support – Climate Resilience (PASS-CR) program (University of the South Pacific and Fiji National University)
  • Agribusiness Master Classes delivered through the Crawford Fund
  • Alumni Research Support Facility (ARSF)
  • ACIAR Learn Research Project Officer Essentials program
  • ACIAR Learn Project Management and Leadership Essentials program

You can apply to enrol in the ACIAR Learn alumni program here. 

Find out more about what courses are on offer, and how ACIAR Learn’s alumni program works here and through the following resources:


Who's behind ACIAR Learn? 

ACIAR Learn is being designed, developed and delivered through a partnership between ACIAR and  The University of Queensland.

The project is being led by The University of Queensland—a global leader of teaching in agriculture and delivering customised short-training programs in international development.


Find out more about ACIAR Learn

The ACIAR Learn team will keep the research community informed when opportunities to use ACIAR Learn are available.

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