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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 enhances the professional development of ACIAR-supported 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.  

ACIAR Learn is an excellent opportunity for you to build valuable skills that can be directly applied to your projects, in addition to connecting with peers, and learning from previous ACIAR projects and experts in the field.

Creating learning opportunities for researchers around the world

The program was first piloted in November 2021 before being rolled out in April 2022. A new phase of ACIAR Learn began in August 2023. Since launching:

  • 21 courses have been developed or are in development
  • ACIAR Learn has supported 335 learners
  • An overall satisfaction rate of 98% 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

Accessing ACIAR Learn

If you are eligible for ACIAR Learn, you can register here for the program.

Once your account has been registered, you will be able to enrol in courses of your choice.

Eligibility for becoming an ACIAR Learn participant has recently expanded to anyone who: 

  • is currently working* in a partner country on an ACIAR-funded project or small research activity
  • has previously worked* in a partner country on an ACIAR project or small research activity that has been completed in the last 24 months
  • has completed OR is a current scholar of (i.e. currently undertaking) one or more ACIAR capacity-building programs:
    • John Allwright Fellowship (JAF)
    • John Dillon Fellowship (JDF)
    • Meryl Williams Fellowship (MWF)
    • Pacific Agricultural Scholarships and Support – Climate Resilience (PASS-CR) program (including University of South Pacific Scholarships)
    • Master Classes delivered through the Crawford Fund
    • Alumni Research Support Facility (ARSF)
    • Pacific Biosecurity Partnership
    • A previous ACIAR Learn course or program.

*This applies to anyone working or who has worked on an ACIAR project or small research activity, whether employed directly through the project or activity or involved through a partner or affiliated organisation.


If you are already registered for ACIAR Learn, you can login here

Find out more about what courses are on offer by looking at our course guide:


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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ACIAR Learn Graduates

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