Wine Australia travel bursaries closing 2 October

Grape and wine researchers are reminded that applications for Wine Australia’s travel and visiting scholar bursaries will close on Friday 2 October 2015.

Each year, Wine Australia invests $50,000 in travel bursaries and $30,000 in visiting scholar bursaries with applications open to grape and wine researchers twice a year. Applications are currently open for travel set to commence between 1 January and 30 June 2016.

Wine Australia RD&E Portfolio Manager Dr Liz Waters said the bursaries help to support local researchers to increase their knowledge and develop skills that will benefit the Australian grape and wine community.

‘The travel bursaries supplement existing research by giving local researchers the opportunity to participate in educational and professional forums or learn from others in the international research community’, Dr Waters said.

‘It’s an important way to support the development of local researchers and continue to build capabilities for the Australian grape and wine community.’

In this round, there is $25,000 on offer for Australian grape and wine researchers to fund travel, study tours or conferences they wish to attend to develop their knowledge and skills, and network with the international research community.

Funding is also available to bring international experts to Australia to participate in workshops, meetings, conferences, symposia or research projects, and share their knowledge with the grape and wine community.

Dr Waters said successful applicants will be able to highlight how this opportunity will assist their own professional development, its anticipated benefits for the sector and how the knowledge gained can be shared with the sector.

‘It’s important that the information gleaned by successful applicants is then shared with the rest of the grape and wine community so that everyone can benefit’, Dr Waters said.

Applicants are advised to consult the Australian Grape and Wine Authority Strategic Plan 2015–2020 and the guidelines for both the travel and visiting scholar bursaries when developing their applications.

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