Media release – GWRDC invites applications for travel scholarships

The Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation (GWRDC) is inviting applications for travel scholarships in the first half of 2013 to help build knowledge and networks for researchers in the grape and wine sector.

‘GWRDC invests $50,000 each year in travel scholarships to help leading researchers develop their knowledge and skills amongst their international contemporaries’, said GWRDC Chair the Hon Rory McEwen.

‘A great deal of value can be returned to our local industry following the researchers’ exposure to and research in global markets’, said Mr McEwen.

GWRDC will consider applications for travel, study tours or conference attendance that align with the sector’s strategic research, development and extension priorities and which can demonstrate that benefits will accrue to the grape and wine sector and/or existing research.

Successful applicants will be able to highlight both the benefit to their own professional development and the mechanism for dissemination of knowledge to industry. The application process gives preference to those who are currently making, or who are potentially able to make, a significant contribution to research and the travel must relate to their research interest and expertise.

Applicants are advised to consult GWRDC’s Strategic Research, Development and Extension Plan 2012–17 and Annual Operational Plan 2012–13 when developing their applications. These documents are available on the GWRDC website

The closing date for travel from 1 January to 30 June 2013 is Friday 7 December 2012.

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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:

Jen Russell

Communications Coordinator

08 8273 0500



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