Travel bursaries available to wine industry

Wine Australia is inviting the Australian grape and wine community to apply for a travel and visiting scholar bursary by Friday 7 April 2017.

Applications are accepted for travel that commences between 1 July and 31 December 2017 and bursaries can fund travel, study tours or conferences to develop your professional knowledge and network with the international research community.

Opportunities are also available to bring international experts to Australia to participate in workshops, meetings, conferences, symposia or research projects through Wine Australia’s visiting scholar bursaries.

Wine Australia’s General Manager of Research, Development and Extension Dr Liz Waters says the bursaries provide a professional development opportunity and also encourage recipients to share the knowledge they gain with others in the grape and wine community.

“Participating in professional education programs and learning from others in the international research community is an important way to supplement existing research and develop the knowledge and skills of our sector,” she said.

“We see it as an equally important part of the experience that information gleaned by successful applicants is shared with the rest of our grape and wine community so that everyone can benefit from the latest wine sector R&D from across the world.

“Successful applicants for bursaries will be those who can highlight the opportunity for their own professional development, anticipated benefits for the sector and how the information will be widely disseminated.”

Each year, Wine Australia invests in travel bursaries and in visiting scholar bursaries with applications open every six months.

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 the Australian Grape and Wine Authority Strategic Plan 2015–2020 and the guidelines for both the travel and scholar bursaries when developing their applications.

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