GWRDC invites applications for PhD and Honours scholarships – Media release

The Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation (GWRDC) is now inviting applications for PhD and Honours scholarships to commence in 2014.

‘GWRDC wants to attract postgraduate students to the fields of wine, viticultural and wine business research’, said GWRDC General Manager Kate Harvey.

GWRDC’s yearly commitment to academic scholarships is one of the ways that it invests in and directs research, development and extension (RD&E) that supports a competitive Australian wine sector.

Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic excellence, the quality of the applicant’s Curriculum Vitae and the likelihood of the applicant’s ongoing involvement and contribution to the Australian wine sector.

‘GWRDC is committed to supporting academic endeavour and encouraging the enthusiasm and fresh approach of future candidates to support a competitive Australian wine sector’, said GWRDC General Manager, Kate Harvey.

‘We anticipate that the recipients of these scholarships will represent the future leaders in grape and wine research and will make a positive contribution to the broader wine community’, she said.

GWRDC offers supplementary or full scholarships, the number and value of which are at the discretion of GWRDC. Students are encouraged to apply for Australian postgraduate award (APA) scholarships (or equivalent) through their host university. Strong preference is given to students who receive an APA or equivalent scholarship.

Applications will be assessed by GWRDC Program Managers against specific criteria of which funding availability is one criterion. GWRDC is the sole arbiter in how many and which Honours and PhD applications it will support.

Applicants are advised to consult GWRDC’s Strategic Research, Development and Extension Plan 2012–17 and Annual Operational Plan 2013–14 when developing their applications. These documents are available on the GWRDC website.

Applications close Friday 8 November 2013 and scholarships will commence from 1 January 2014.

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GWRDC invests in and directs research, development and extension (RD&E) along the whole value chain ‘from vine to glass’ to support a competitive Australian wine sector.

We collaborate with our key stakeholders to coordinate and direct our investments to best address the sector’s RD&E priorities. GWRDC is funded by grapegrowers and winemakers, who pay levies on the annual winegrape crush, and the Australian Government, which provides matching funds.

For further information:
Abbey Flanagan

Communication Coordinator

08 8273 0500