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Support for Wool Education

The Trust provides funding in the following areas:

  1. Travel
  2. Performance Awards
  3. Support to Universities
  4. Delivery of Sheep and Wool Education Modules
  5. Undergraduate Scholarships
  6. Undergraduate Project and Masters by Coursework Scholarships
  7. VET Sector
  8. Marcus Oldham College - Alistair Mackenzie Scholarship

Delivery of Sheep and Wool Education Modules:

Initially, by investing in the Sheep CRC’s education programmes, the Trust facilitated the development of a comprehensive range of sheep and wool education modules which are now available at the University of New England (UNE) and also, via its long distance learning initiatives, to students in other institutes.

Funds are allocated to UNE to support a lecturer to deliver and update of the wool-related modules. This is the largest single funding arrangement made by the Trust.


To support enrolments in these units, the Trust also provides funding for:

Travel Awards:

These are for students enrolling in Wool Units delivered by UNE. They subsidise costs associated with workshops and are available to external students at other Universities.

Performance Awards:

These are for students enrolling in Wool Units delivered by UNE. Awards are based on performance and are made to students nominated by their lecturer.

Support to Universities:

Supporting funds are allocated to non-UNE Universities to offset any loss of income arising from their students enrolling externally in units delivered by UNE. As of 2008 these funds will be distributed directly to the Universities by the Trust.


To encourage uptake, the Trust is continuing to fund a number of under-graduate scholarships for students across Australia who wish to undertake sheep and wool education training via these modules.

Undergraduate Scholarships

The Trust co-funds undergraduate scholarships, each valued at $6000, for students enrolled in the courses offered by UNE. Support for these scholarships is also provided by companies and industry organisations.

Applications for these scholarships are made through the University of New England.

Applications for 2017 close on Friday 28th October, 2016.

AWET Undergraduate Project and Masters by Coursework Scholarships

The Trust supports 15 Undergraduate Project Scholarships per year (available to suitable applicants from any University), each of which is valued at $7,000 - with $3500 being allocated to the student and the balance to the University to fund its support for the student. These scholarships are available to Honours or other appropriate undergraduate students undertaking a one year research project relevant to sheep and wool.

Students planning appropriate Masters by Coursework studies can also apply for these scholarships.

The University and the student may negotiate how these funds will be split and, consequently the split of the funds must be specified in the application.

Applications for these scholarships can be made directly to the Trust (download application form) and must be supported by an academic referee from the University at which the student is or intends to enrol (download form for academic referee's reference).

These forms were last updated on 28th October, 2016.

Applications for 2017 scholarships close on 25th November 2016.


VET Sector

The Trust supports the VET sector via 15 scholarships, valued at $3,000 each, being made available per year to students attending institutions in this sector.

Applications for these scholarships are made on behalf of the student(s) by the institution at which the student is enrolled.


Dr Alastair MacKenzie Scholarship

The Trust provides funding of $10,000 per annum to support the Alastair Mackenzie Scholarship at Marcus Oldham College in Victoria.

Applications for this scholarship must be made through Marcus Oldham College.


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The Trustees of the Australian Wool Education Trust arrange regular meetings with leading educators from all institutions providing educational opportunities to enable students to enter the industry at the completion of their education. The scholarships offered by the Trust have been developed following these consultations and are reviewed each year to ensure that they remain appropriate to the industry's needs.