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CRDC offers two scholarships for students: Postgraduate Scholarships, and Summer and Honours Scholarships.

Postgraduate Scholarships

When funding is available, CRDC provides Postgraduate Scholarships to postgraduate (masters or PhD) students to assist with the completion of an industry-specific project. These projects may relate to any field of cotton-research related to CRDC’s Strategic RD&E Plan.

The Postgraduate Scholarships are valued at approximately $40,000 pa, which includes a student stipend of $34,000 pa (inclusive of an APA or other funding) and an operating budget of $6,000 pa. Operating can be increased dependent on the project.

To be eligible for a CRDC postgraduate full scholarship or top up of an APA scholarship, candidates must:

  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Undertake postgraduate study
  • Receive acceptance at a recognised institution
  • Be interested in working in the Australian cotton industry to pursue postgraduate studies relating to the cotton industry or its related activities

Applicants are strongly advised to seek CRDC and industry input before compiling submissions.

Summer and Honours Scholarship

The Summer and Honours Scholarship program provides students with an opportunity to work on a real project in a working environment as part of their professional development. The scholarships enable university students to conduct short research, extension or industry projects under the direct supervision of a researcher or extension officer from either the public or private sector.

All CRDC research partners, researchers or extension officers may apply for CRDC Summer and Honours Scholarship funds, and the scholarships are open to all university students of a high standard who are completing their senior years of an undergraduate degree or enrolled in an honours program.

Students can undertake their project at any location but must be under the direct supervision of the applicant.

Proposals will be assessed on their alignment with CRDC’s research priorities and objectives and the capacity for outcomes to be achieved within the specified time frame. Applicants are encouraged to discuss proposals with the relevant CRDC R&D Program Manager before submission. 

Travel Grants and Scientific Exchanges

CRDC recognises the success of the Australian cotton industry is directly attributed to the people that work within it. To support the capable and connected people driving the cotton industry outcome, CRDC offers Travel Grants and Scientific Exchanges.

Travel Grants

Travel applications support current industry researchers and personnel to attend national or international conferences or events which allow them to present their research and/or build their knowledge and professional networks.

Funding of up to $2,500 is available to cover transport, accommodation and event registration fees. The proposed travel must be relevant to the Australian cotton industry, and CRDC’s preference is for research organisations to co-fund travel.

Scientific Exchanges

Scientific exchanges provide opportunities for industry researchers and personnel to widen their research perspective, gain a broader research experience, build new knowledge, foster scientific collaboration and stimulate Australian cotton research.

Funding of up to $5,000 is available to cover travel and accommodation costs of the identified exchange candidate. The proposed exchange must be of benefit to the Australian cotton industry, and CRDC’s preference is for research organisations to co-fund the exchange.

To apply for Travel Grants or Scientific Exchanges or for more information, email


Science & Innovation Awards

CRDC also supports the annual Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, run by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and ABARES. Open to young innovators aged 18-35, the Awards program offers recipients up to $22,000 to fund an innovative research project that will benefit Australia's cotton industry. 

CRDC supports one cotton industry recipient each year. Recent recipients include Dr Alison McCarthy (2014); Yvonne Chang (2016), Dr Priscilla Johnston (2017), and Rhys Pirie (2018). Further information and application forms are available from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources