Type of Funding
The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) is inviting applications for the 2019 John Dillon Fellowship, from outstanding mid-career agricultural scientists, economists and researchers from ACIAR partner countries (developing countries that ACIAR works in). The fellowship aims to develop leadership skills in the area of agricultural research management, agricultural policy and/or extension technologies, through providing exposure to Australian agriculture across a range of best-practice organisations involved in research, extension and/or policy making.
The 2019 John Dillon Fellowship will offer:
- Up to 15 individual fellowships and
- For the first time, also an institutional fellowship under the i-JDF-Pacific Program, a brand new, innovative institutional program that will train up to 15 fellows from a group of institutions in the Pacific region. The i-JDF-Pacific Program will develop the capacity of ACIAR partner organisations in the Pacific region, in line with ACIAR’s strategic plan. Like the traditional JDF, fellows will take part in an intensive professional development program that combines training modules with industry visits, networking opportunities and strengthen their Australian linkages.
Fellows will spend 4 to 6 weeks in Australia. During that time, they will be hosted for 1 week by an Australian organisation such as an Australian government?department, university, or?research centre that is relevant to the individual John Dillon Fellow only. Formal training in leadership, media, communications, policy, and research management will be provided. There will also be a structured program of visits to engage with various Australian institutions across the government, public and private sector, as well as exposure to relevant researchers, industry experts and professionals to develop the fellows’ network and Australian linkages.
Applicants must reside and work in an ACIAR partner country (see the Official Website for partner countries). They must be currently undertaking research or have recently completed an ACIAR research project. They should be mid-senior career agricultural scientists, economists, or researchers.
They must either be eligible for an Australian visa and eligible for a passport in their country of citizenship or be Australian citizens. They have to be available for the full duration of the fellowship program, and provide a letter of support from their employer. As the fellowship is delivered in English, applicants should have a minimum band score of 5 IELTS, with 5.5 in speaking or equivalent.
Applications from women candidates are especially encouraged as at least half of the successful candidates selected to participate in the program will be women.
Applications are to be submitted online by 22 July 2019.