John Allwright Fellowship Program - Tracer Study 2010-2019

Date released
26 October 2021


The John Allwright Fellowship (JAF) is dedicated to improving agricultural research capacity in Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) partner countries. Between 2010 and 2019, the Fellowship supported 268 agricultural professionals to achieve postgraduate qualifications from Australian tertiary institutions and subsequently lead a range of agricultural research development projects in their home countries.

As part of its ongoing program of monitoring and evaluation, ACIAR commissioned this Tracer Study in 2020 to look at both individual and organisational outcomes of JAF alumni from 2010 to 2019.

The purpose of the study was to provide accountability for the outcomes of ACIAR investment in agricultural researchers and gather insights to improve future JAF scholarships.

The study used an explanatory mixed-methods approach, which included a widespread survey as well as an in-depth qualitative study, comprising case studies from a sample of alumni.

The study achieved a high survey response rate of 201 alumni from 24 countries (75%). The findings of the survey were complemented by 13 qualitative case studies from 10 countries.