John Allwright Fellowship

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Scholarships to study in Australia for ACIAR partner country scientists to obtain Australian postgraduate qualifications

Applications open 1 February 2023

The John Allwright Fellowship (JAF) provides scientists from partner countries recently involved in ACIAR research projects with the opportunity to obtain postgraduate qualifications at Australian tertiary institutions. The primary aim of the Fellowship is to enhance scientific research capability in ACIAR partner country institutions.

The JAF program is the largest investment in the ACIAR Capacity Building Program. It provides Australian PhD and Masters scholarships to agricultural researchers, administered through the Australia Awards system. There are approximately 38 JAFs studying in Australia at 18 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. 

Completing a PhD or Masters is a significant undertaking. To ensure that our fellows have the best possible experience studying in Australia, ACIAR offers additional support through the following activities.

JAF Support Facility (JSF)

The JAF Support Facility provides tailored support to JAFs throughout their scholarship journey, such as additional pastoral care. This is a free service each new JAF is automatically entitled to. The JSF is delivered in partnership with the University of New England (UNE).

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 aims to bridge the gap between study and the next stages of our Fellows's career development. In the program, JAFel covers leadership, people and communication skills, finance and project management topics. Delivered by the University of New England, the fellows undertake a 10-day intensive workshop followed by a 15-month program of online learning. The online program takes around 6 hours a month, complementing the fellows’ postgraduate studies. The program concludes with a 4-day camp. On completion, JAFel participants achieve 50 per cent of a certificate qualification.

John Allwright Fellowship-Philippines

In 2024, ACIAR, in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARD), will offer Filipino nationals associated with DOST-PCAARDD and ACIAR research projects up to 5 places within the JAF program (JAF Philippines).