Which countries are eligible this round?
This round, applications are welcome from countries in the African region, South Asia, East and Southeast Asia and the Pacific region.
Applicants must be a scientist or economist from the developing country partner (excluding India and Myanmar) who is actively involved in a collaborative research project supported by ACIAR at the time of application (in some cases, ACIAR will consider supporting researchers from “advanced pipeline” projects, i.e., in cases where a full project proposal has been approved by ACIAR).
What is the eligibility criteria?
Applicants must be citizens of the country in which they are working.
In addition to the selection criteria outlined in the Australia Awards framework, to be eligible for selection, a candidate must:
- have worked on an ACIAR project within 24-months of applying
- at the time of applying, hold qualifications that would be assessed to be equivalent to at least an Australian bachelor’s degree in a discipline that is relevant to the proposed area of postgraduate study
- be a scientist or economist from the developing country partner (excluding India and Myanmar) who is actively involved in a collaborative research project supported by ACIAR at the time of application (in some cases, ACIAR will consider supporting researchers from “advanced pipeline” projects, i.e. in cases where a full project proposal has been approved by ACIAR)
- must be jointly supported in the application by the Australian and partner country Project Leaders where the ACIAR project is commissioned to an Australian partner;
or must be jointly supported in the application by the partner country Project Leader and the international leader where the ACIAR project is commissioned to an international partner.
- obtain approval from the employing institution who must agree to the absence of the candidate should they receive a scholarship for the period involved in obtaining the postgraduate qualification
- confirm (in writing) support from proposed Research Supervisor/s, and
- demonstrate that they are employed on a permanent rather than short-term contract basis.
Is there an age limit on applicants?
No, the Australia Awards Policy does not impose age limits on applicants.
I am involved in an ACIAR project, but I am unsure if I meet the eligibility criteria. What should I do?
Please contact your Project Leader, as endorsement from Project Leaders is considered when we assess applications.
Can I still apply if I’ve work on an ACIAR project over 24 months ago?
Unfortunately, this does not meet the required eligibility criterion for the John Allwright Fellowship program, but please visit the ACIAR website – you may be eligible for our other Fellowship opportunities!
Why is my country not included in this round of applications?
This round of applications will focus on equitable participation of ACIAR partner countries in the JAF program. This includes the African region, South Asia, East and Southeast Asia and the Pacific region.
ACIAR partner countries not included in this round, may be eligible next year. Please check back in with us then!
When should I seek the support of my Australian project leader, partner country leader and employer?
Unfortunately, this eligibility criterion is vital to the success of any application.
Written endorsement or support should be attached to your applications before submission. Failure to provide this will directly impact your eligibility.
We highly recommend that you inform all relevant parties of your intention to apply as early as possible, to enable enough time to seek, receive, and provide endorsement letters and referee reports with your application.
Is written support from my proposed Supervisor a requirement?
Although this is not a specific eligibility criterion, we highly recommend you confirm supervisory support in writing with your application (an email will suffice).
Do I need to have publications to apply?
No. Publications, while helpful, are not a requirement.