Media release – GWRDC supports rural scholarship programs

The Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation (GWRDC) will invest up to $100,000 in two rural scholarship programs as part of its commitment to developing people and fostering leadership in the Australian grape and wine sector.

‘GWRDC is committed to supporting talented individuals within the industry who will go on to generate enhanced knowledge and fuel crucial innovation to support a competitive Australian wine sector,’ said GWRDC Executive Director Dr Stuart Thomson.

‘We are encouraging highly motivated and committed individuals to apply for the Nuffield Australia study program and the Australian Rural Leadership Program’, he said.

GWRDC will invest $50,000 as the principal sponsor of the Nuffield Australia viticulture scholarship for a suitable, high-calibre candidate.

Nuffield Australia awards scholarships each year to those in the agricultural and fishery industries in Australia, providing an opportunity to travel overseas on a research topic relating to primary production.

Successful applicants spend a total of 16 weeks travelling the world – including 6 weeks of group travel through the global powerhouses of agriculture, including USA, Canada, Europe, China, India and Brazil.

Scholars then travel for a further 10 weeks individually to drill down into a research topic of interest to them and of value to industry. They then become part of a powerful alumni network with scholars from around the world.

GWRDC will invest a further $50,000 as the principal sponsor for a suitable, high-calibre grape and wine candidate to join the Australian Rural Leadership Program.

The Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) is for men and women already active in leadership roles in rural communities, primary industries, and/or related infrastructure, service, research or support areas who want to help shape the future of remote, rural and regional Australia; have the capacity, prospects and commitment to lead at regional, state or national levels; and are committed to developing and advancing a positive future for remote, rural and regional Australia.

The ARLP aims to produce a network of informed, capable and ethical leaders who are able to work collaboratively to advance the interests of their industries, communities and rural Australia in general.

‘Both these scholarship programs offer fantastic opportunities for professional development, knowledge and capacity building and network extension, and we firmly believe that successful candidates will come out of these programs with an even stronger commitment to the future of the Australian grape and wine sector’, said Dr Thomson.

Applications for the Nuffield Australia Program close 30 June 2013. More information can be found here

Applications for the Australian Rural Leadership Program close 31 July 2013. More information can be found here

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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 Adviser

Ph: 08 8273 0500