SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM DETAILS:

Applications for the Mushroom Fund Scholarship Program 2024 are now open.

The Mushroom Fund Scholarship Program is a levy-funded international education study program, which is open to Australian Agaricus mushroom growers and compost producers, their employees, and Australian mushroom industry researchers.

Partial funding is available for industry participants and emerging leaders to attend conferences, events and training courses, incorporating visits to mushroom farms and compost facilities overseas.

This year, six successful scholarship participants will be awarded funding of up to $2,650, to attend the Australia and New Zealand Mushroom Growers Conference, which will be held in Auckland, New Zealand from 22-24 October this year, with an additional trip to Christchurch on Friday 25th October, to tour Meadow Mushrooms.

This educational project is funded by the Hort Innovation Mushroom Fund and forms the 'outbound' component of the levy-funded research project MU22010 Mushroom International Study Tours - inbound and outbound. The project is managed by the AMGA, with international study tours facilitated by Australian Mushroom industry expert, Judy Allan.

WHAT'S ON OFFER?
Six Mushroom Fund Scholarships are on offer, which will award successful applicants partial funding (for one person) to attend the Australia and New Zealand Mushroom Growers Conference 2024.

Travel dates are strictly Monday 21 to Friday 25 October, 2024.

Each successful applicant will receive funding for:

  • One Ticket to the AU & NZ Mushroom Growers Conference:
    Includes Mercer Mushroom farm tour, networking dinners and exhibition.
  • Additional Farm Tour Package:
    Includes flight from Auckland to Christchurch, tour of Meadow Mushrooms and airport transfers.
  • 5-nights’ accommodation in New Zealand
    (4 nights in Auckland, 1 night in Christchurch).
  • All internal travel costs, while studying in New Zealand.
  • All meals while studying in New Zealand.

Total Scholarship funding up to $2,650 per recipient. 

*NOTE: International flights and travel insurance the responsibility of the scholarship participant.

WHAT IS 'PARTIAL' FUNDING?
This levy funded project funds on-the-ground costs while studying overseas.

The recipient is required to pay for their own travel insurance and return international flights (ie. from Australia to Auckland, and Christchurch to Australia).

Proof of booking is required to secure scholarship funding. See timeline for further information.

WHAT AM I REQUIRED TO DO?
If your application is successful, you will need to return your signed scholarship agreement, and book your international flights and travel insurance by the due dates provided. 

You will be required to participate in the MushroomLink communications program, to share your experience with the broader mushroom industry.  

 

HOW IS IT JUDGED?
Six Mushroom Fund Scholarships will be awarded.

Your application will be fairly assessed by the project reference group, which includes Hort Innovation, AMGA and industry representatives.

Conflicts of interest will be managed accordingly.  

 

APPLY NOW! 

Applications close on Thursday 25 April, 2024 at 5pm AEST.  

TIMELINE

  • 6 March - Applications open
  • 25 April - Applications close
  • 1 May  - Participants notified if successful
  • 1 June - Signed participant agreements due
  • 1 Aug -  Provide proof of international flights & travel insurance booked
  • 21 Oct - Leave for Auckland (at own expense)
  • 22 Oct - Conference Day 1:
    - Mercer Mushrooms Farm Tour
    - Networking Function
  • 23 Oct - Conference Day 2:
    - International Guest Speakers
    - Exhibition
    - Gala Dinner 
  • 24 Oct - Conference Day 3
    - Australian Researchers
    - Hort Innovation
    - Exhibition
  • 25 Oct - Additional tour:
    - Fly to Christchurch
    - Tour of Meadow Mushrooms
    - Accommodation
  • 26 Oct - Return to Australia (at own expense)

ELIGIBILITY:

Australian citizen or permanent resident

Over 18 years of age

Categorised as one of the following:

  • Researcher for the Australian Mushroom industry or directly associated with research programs for the Australian mushroom industry
  • Employee at an Australian Agaricus bisporus farm or compost facility
  • Owner of an Agaricus bisporus farm or compost facility

As this is an Agaricus Levy funded project, the scholarship program is not open to exotic mushroom growers. 

HOW TO APPLY:

Click the button below to download the application form.

Application forms are to be returned to Leah Bramich, via the email listed below.

Applications must be received no later than 5pm AEST,  Thursday 25 April 2024.

Late application forms will not be accepted.

 

GOT QUESTIONS?

For more information contact AMGA General Manager, Leah Bramich on 0450 504 675 or email leah.bramich@amga.asn.au