Media release – GWRDC supports the Australian wine sector through PhD and Honours scholarships

The Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation (GWRDC) is inviting applications for PhD and Honours scholarships with the aim of attracting postgraduate students to the field of wine, viticultural and wine business research.

GWRDC’s yearly commitment to academic scholarships is in line with the corporation’s mission to generate new information that enhances the profitability, international competitiveness and sustainability of the Australian grape and wine sector through investment in research, development and extension (RD&E).

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

‘GWRDC is committed to supporting academic endeavour and places great value on encouraging the enthusiasm and fresh approach of these candidates to support a competitive Australian wine sector’, said GWRDC Chair the Hon Rory McEwen.

‘The GWRDC Board anticipates that the recipients of these scholarships will represent the future leaders in grape and wine research and will go on to make a positive contribution to the broader wine community’, continues Mr McEwen.

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 2012–13 when developing their applications. These documents are available on the GWRDC website

Applications close Friday 9 November 2012 and scholarships will commence 1 January 2013.

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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 more information:

Jen Russell, Communications Coordinator

08 8273 0500