AACS 2019 Australian Cotton Research Conference Student Travel Bursaries

Monday, 2nd September 2019 // Breaking News, Featured // Comments (0)

Do you know a student who is interested in agriculture and the Australian cotton industry? Well, we have some exciting news for both undergraduate and post-graduate students!

Nature of the Travel Bursaries

The Association of Australian Cotton Scientists (AACS) 2019 Australian Cotton Research Conference is being held at the University of New England, Armidale, from Monday 28 – Wednesday 30 October 2019. The biennial Australian Cotton Research Conference serves as a platform for cotton researchers to present and discuss concepts, key issues and findings in research relevant to the Australian cotton industry and cotton research community. The conference also encourages networking and collaborations, and installs a sense of enthusiasm for cotton research. 

Two different travel bursaries are being offered by the Association of Australian Cotton Scientists and Cotton Australia. 

Undergraduate student travel bursaries – supporting undergraduate students who are interested in exposure to the Australian cotton industry and research community.
Honours and post-graduate student travel bursaries – supporting honours and post-graduate students who are working on a topic relevant to the cotton industry to present their research at the conference.

Please see below for details on eligibility and application requirements for the bursaries:

Undergraduate Student Travel Bursary

Cotton Australia would like to support undergraduate students with a passion for learning and are interested in exposure to the Australian cotton research community with travel bursaries. These bursaries are designed to assist in covering the costs of conference registration and/or travel to the 2019 Australian Cotton Research Conference in Armidale. The amount offered will depend on the needs of each student with respect to travel and accommodation expenses. 

Travel bursaries are open to students:

1.            Current enrolment in undergraduate study, studying agriculture, agriculture science, applied science or associated fields.

2.            Able to attend the entire conference from Monday 28 – Wednesday 30 October 2019, including the Conference Dinner on Tuesday 29 October, at the University of New England, Armidale.

3.            Not already holding a scholarship or received a scholarship/travel bursary from Cotton Australia or the Cotton Research and Development Corporation.

Your application should include:

1.            A written application (maximum of 500 words) outlining:

  • How you came to be interested in the Australian cotton industry.
  • How attendance at the conference will assist your studies.
  • Your career aspirations and how the travel bursary will help you achieve them.

2.            Brief resume outlining your work experience, community involvement and interests.

3.            Details about your studies e.g. university, enrolled degree and year in study.

4.            Outline the costs associated with your attendance i.e. registration, accommodation and/or travel (where you will be traveling from to attend).

Payments of up to $500 (including GST) will be made to successful applications to defray registration, accommodation and travel costs for the conference (maximum of 10 bursaries offered). Reimbursements can be to either the individual or institution and will be paid on providing Cotton Australia with an invoice/evidence of expenses incurred. To apply simply send an email to Cotton Australia’s Education Officer Jenny Hughes, jennyh@cotton.org.au with details relevant to criteria 1 – 4. Applications close on 18 September and successful applicants being advised the following week.

Honours and Post-Graduate Student Travel Bursary

With the support of conference sponsors, the Association of Australian Cotton Scientists offers 6 travel bursaries of up to $500 per student to defray the costs of attending and presenting at the biennial research conference. To be eligible students need to demonstrate that they meet the following criteria:

1.            Current enrolment in an Honours or Postgraduate degree working on a topic relevant to the cotton industry.

2.            Submission of an abstract for a 15-minute or 3-minute presentation at the conference on your study topic.

3.            Briefly outline why you are interested in attending the AACS 2019 Australian Cotton Research Conference and how it will assist with your studies and/or career aspirations (maximum 500 words).

4.            Have the support of your supervisor to attend the conference.

Payments of up to $500 (including GST) will be made to successful applicants to defray registration, accommodation and travel costs for the conference. Reimbursement can be either to the individual or institution and will be paid on providing the AACS with an invoice/evidence of expenses incurred. 

To apply simply send an email to the AACS Secretary Dr Linda Smith, Linda.Smith@daf.qld.gov.au with details relevant to criteria 1 – 4. Applications close on 18th September 2019 and successful applicants being advised the following week.  

Selection Process

Applications submitted after the due date will not be considered. 

The selection committee(s) reserve the right not to award a travel bursary in any year. 

The selection committees’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. The selection committee(s) will determine all matters relating to the travel bursaries.