Scholarship support is an investment in industry’s future leaders

GWRDC’s $100,000 investment in two rural scholarship programs has been unequivocally supported by past participants.

Highly motivated and committed individuals from the grape and wine sector are being encouraged to apply for the Nuffield Australia study program and the Australian Rural Leadership Program.

Nuffield Australia

As the principal sponsor of the Nuffield Australia viticulture scholarship, the GWRDC will cover the full cost of the successful viticulture applicant, to the value of $50,000.

Nuffield Australia scholarships apply to the Australian agricultural and fishery industries, and provide an opportunity to travel overseas on a research topic relating to primary production.

The successful applicant of the Nuffield Australia scholarship will spend 16 weeks travelling the world – including six weeks of group travel through the global powerhouses of agriculture, including USA, Canada, Europe, China, India and Brazil.

2013 Nuffield Scholar and Pooley Wines winemaker Matt Pooley said the personal and professional opportunities that come from participating in the program have been many.

‘I’ve gained greater confidence in public speaking, travelled to some fantastic parts of the world, met many like-minded professionals and come across farming operations, new ideas and concepts that have encouraged me to adapt our own operating systems’, Matt said.

‘I encourage anyone from the wine and viticulture industry to look at this scholarship, and the others like it.

‘It’s an amazing opportunity, the range of knowledge and professional development is diverse and the exposure to industry-based networks and operations at an international level will have life-long benefits.’

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

Australian Rural Leadership Program

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.

Retallack Viticulture Managing Director Mary Retallack graduated from the ARLP program five years ago, and says the experiences, friendships and professional networks gained continue to resonate in her life.

‘The Australian Rural Leadership Program is a fantastic way to learn about leadership and yourself, through experience, observation and feedback’, Mary said.

‘I wholeheartedly encourage others from the wine industry to apply. As well as helping individuals grow professionally and develop their leadership skills, it provides a rare opportunity to gain valuable insights into a range of other industries, communities, and cultures.

Mary said the program offers practical skills such as media training, negotiation and leadership skills, team management and problem solving.

‘The GWRDC scholarship is an ongoing investment in the future of our industry. Each participant attends residential sessions held throughout Australia over a 17 month period, including an overseas destination’, she said.

‘This is a unique opportunity to be a part of Australia’s pre-eminent rural leadership program, which continues to give back many times over in terms of the professional development, networks and friendships I’ve made since being a part of the ARLP. It has also provided me with knowledge and skills I have been able to put into action in the wine community.’

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

Image: 2013 Nuffield Scholar and Pooley Wines General Manager and Winemaker Matthew Pooley.