Scholarships & Travel

CRDC offers two scholarships for students, Postgraduate Scholarships and Summer and Honours Scholarships; and supports Travel Grants, Scientific Exchanges and the ABARES Science and Innovation Awards.


Postgraduate Scholarships

When funding is available, CRDC provides postgraduate scholarships to students.

The first scholarship is a PhD top-up scholarship of up to $10,000 per annum, which can be applied for by those cotton-relevant scholars who are receiving a Research Training Program (RTP, or equivalent) scholarship.

The second scholarship is a postgraduate scholarship, which can be applied for by masters or PhD students, to assist with the completion of a cotton 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 RTP 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

To apply: follow the application process.


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. 

To apply: follow the application process.


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.

To apply: follow the application process.

Please note: due to the impact of COVID-19 and the resulting government advice regarding travel, conferences and events, CRDC may not be supporting travel grants during 2021-22.


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: follow the application process.

Please note: due to the impact of COVID-19 and the resulting government advice regarding travel, CRDC may not be supporting scientific exchanges during 2021-22.


Major capital items

CRDC occasionally considers requests for major capital investment assistance for items greater than $10,000 in value.

To apply: contact the CRDC Project Administration team via


Applying for Postgraduate Scholarships, Travel Grants & Scientific Exchanges

To apply for CRDC postgraduate scholarships, travel grants or scientific exchanges, researchers must follow the application process below.

Please note: all research applications must be entered into CRDC’s web-based project-management system, Clarity.

Key dates:

  • October each year - Call for postgraduate scholarship applications 
  • TBA (subject to seasonal conditions) - Call for travel grants and scientific exchanges 

How to apply:

  1. Download the relevant application form (the Postgraduate Scholarship form, the Summer and Honours Scholarship form or the Travel Grants and Scientific Exchanges form), the excel budget sheet, and the Clarity access form.
  2. When you are ready to submit your application, email your completed Clarity access form to
  3. The CRDC administration team will then send you instructions on how to access and use Clarity.
  4. In accordance with the requirements of your organisation, enter your application into Clarity. Ensure you have allowed sufficient time for your administrator to review your application.
  5. Administrators, on behalf of your organisation please check the application details, and finalise for submission to CRDC as per the Clarity instructions.



ABARES Science & Innovation Awards

CRDC also supports the annual Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, run by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment 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), Rhys Pirie (2018), Dean Brooks (2019), Dr Dinesh Kafle (2020), and Demi Sargent (2021). 

To apply: visit the Science and Innovation Awards page on the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment's website