John All Wright Fellowship 2010, Australia

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Job Description: The ACIAR Fellowships Scheme was introduced in 1986 to provide the opportunity for partner country scientists involved in ACIAR-supported collaborative research projects to obtain postgraduate qualifications at Australian tertiary institutions.

The primary aim of the Scheme is to enhance research capacity in ACIAR’s partner country institutions. Whilst individual awardees will benefit from the Scheme, it is important to note that partner country institutions are the key targets.

Postgraduate studies undertaken by each awardee are based on the research work being carried out under the collaborative research project in which the awardee is engaged prior to taking up the award. However, it is important that the student’s research project forms a discrete topic related to, but not part of, the existing ACIAR project. The study program should be designed to provide the awardee with the opportunity of continuing active involvement in the project research work throughout his or her studies, and sufficient knowledge to continue the research effort on final return to their home country. ACIAR will in certain circumstances support course work postgraduate degrees.

Project Leaders are requested to ensure that a project will not be jeopardised should their nominee receive an award, as the ACIAR project must be able to function in the absence of a successful awardee. More than one person may be nominated from a project, but the Project Leader must be able to demonstrate that the project can function in the absence of more than one awardee.

An ACIAR Fellowship award usually covers the cost of return airfares, a living allowance, initial settling–in allowances, the fees charged by the tertiary institutions (including an orientation program) and miscellaneous course–related costs. In selected cases,ACIAR encourages field work in home countries. ACIAR will consider postgraduate research programs that include some fieldwork in the applicant’s home country, where in the opinion of both the Australian and overseas project leaders, it is essential for the project. A maximum of three field visits are usually permitted and it is essential that the component of time spent in Australia is more than 50% (this should not just consist of thesis writing). ACIAR will not support fieldwork in a third country.

Project Leaders wishing to nominate partner country project staff for a Fellowship should contact the relevant ACIAR Research Program Manager to discuss the eligibility of the candidate, possible study programs and the impact of a successful Fellowship award on the project.

Details on eligibility criteria, together with access to application forms are included in the link below.

John Allwright

John Allwright, a farmer from Tasmania served on both the Board of Management and Policy Advisory Council. His contribution to Australian and international agricultural research was outstanding, having also served as head of the National Farmers’ Federation. The fellowship scheme that carries his name was originally known as the ACIAR/AIDAB Fellowships, but was renamed in 1994 in honour of Mr John Allwright to recognise the outstanding contribution he made to ACIAR.

When the scheme was renamed, the then Director of ACIAR, Dr George Rothschild said, ‘John Allwright brought to our meetings a wealth of experience from the Australian farming scene and a knowledge of agricultural research and development. He combined this with a comprehensive understanding of the interrelationships between agriculture and world trade. I welcome this opportunity to honour his contribution to the Centre through this perpetual association the Fellowships Scheme.’

Application Deadline 31July 2010

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