Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research Fellowships

Are you are an agricultural researcher, scientist or leader in a developing country? The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) offer two fellowship programs under Australia Awards – the John Allwright Fellowship and the John Dillon Memorial Fellowship – which are aimed at building agricultural research capacity in ACIAR partner countries.

John Allwright Fellowship

If your institution is in partnership with the ACIAR, you may be eligible for the John Allwright Fellowship.

The fellowship will enable you to start or continue research relevant to an ACIAR project in collaboration with your institution. Through a tailored study program at Curtin, you will gain the knowledge and skills you need to continue the research in your home country. In some cases, the fellowship will support postgraduate coursework degrees.

Find out more about the John Allwright Fellowship

Apply for a John Allwright Fellowship

Your institution must nominate you by contacting an ACIAR research program manager.

John Dillon Memorial Fellowship

If you’re a high-achieving young agricultural scientist or economist from an ACIAR partner country, the John Dillon Memorial Fellowship could provide you with career development opportunities. To be eligible, you must be involved in a current or recently completed ACIAR project. The fellowships are awarded annually.

Through this fellowship, you can develop your leadership skills in agricultural research management, agricultural policy or extension technologies at Curtin, and will be exposed to Australian agriculture operations across a range of best-practice organisations.

The fellowship is flexible and can be tailored to suit your individual needs, and those of your employer. It normally involves a five to six week period in Australia, which allows you to participate in a formal research management training course and a structured program of visits to agricultural institutions and companies.

Find out more about the John Dillon Memorial Fellowship

Apply for a John Dillon Memorial Fellowship

You can apply directly through ACIAR for this fellowship.


ACIAR is a part of Australia’s international aid program. The centre develops, monitors and evaluates projects to reduce poverty and create sustainable growth in developing countries.

ACIAR holds discussions with many partner countries, including China, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, the Pacific region and Vietnam, to identify priority research areas.

Research is focused on four main areas:

  • meeting rising demand for animal protein
  • improving the productivity and efficiency of food crop and forestry systems
  • creating better environments from better agriculture
  • linking farmers to markets.

Curtin’s ACIAR projects

Some of the ACIAR projects Curtin University is involved in throughout Indonesia and Asia:

  1. Improving livelihoods of smallholder families through increased productivity of coffee-based farming systems in the highlands of Papua New Guinea
  2. Strengthening livelihoods for food security amongst cocoa and oil palm farming communities in Papua New Guinea
  3. Identifying opportunities and constraints for rural women’s engagement in small-scale agricultural enterprises in Papua New Guinea