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Can your passion for Australian horticulture take you around the world?


The Winston Churchill Trust is about to open its application round for 2023 Churchill Fellowships, offering Australians from all walks of life the opportunity to travel overseas, fully funded, to investigate a topic or issue of their choice.

The Trust is particularly keen to receive applications from the horticulture sector, with specific sponsored fellowships on offer. Hort Innovation is partnering with the Churchill Trust to develop tomorrow’s leaders of the Australian horticulture industry, and up to three Hort Innovation Churchill Fellowships are available this year. These fellowships are open to applicants nationally, for projects that:

  • provide clear benefit to the Australian horticulture sector and, ultimately, to the wider community
  • are transformational for the horticulture industry in general.

For projects that are specific to a particular horticultural industry, the applicant must be from a registered levy-paying Australian horticulture business in that industry.

The Hort Innovation Churchill Fellowships are joint-funded with the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust using Hort Innovation’s Leadership Fund, as part of a strategic co-investment initiative.

Importantly, no specific qualifications are required to apply – in fact people do not even need to have finished school. Instead of formal study, Churchill Fellowships open doors so recipients can meet with leaders in their field of endeavour, observe, learn and then bring their new-found knowledge home to share with their industries and communities.

Previous recipients include:

  • Food scientist and entrepreneur Belinda Hazell (2018) who travelled to New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Ireland and the Netherlands to investigate the use of horticultural quality assurance standards to stay ahead of social license demands.
  • Queensland frozen berry producer Stuart McGruddy (2020) who is using his Fellowship to travel to the USA, France, Chile and Serbia to explore the knowledge, experience and technology used in freezing whole soft berry fruits.
  • Tasmanian beekeeper Anita Long (2020) who is investigating development programs for young beekeepers that are scalable to an Australian context.

The application round opens on 1 March 2023, closing on 1 May 2023. Recipients will be announced in September 2023.

Interested in finding out more? Register now for a free, online agricultural and horticultural information session on Wednesday 1 February at 5.15pm (AEST), hosted by former head of ABC Rural, Leigh Radford. He will be joined by Churchill Trust CEO Adam Davey and two Churchill Fellows talking about their experiences to help inspire and inform potential applicants.

Find out more about the Churchill Fellowships here.

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