Student Grants

In 2015 the  Trust decided to fund a pilot project whereby it provided a number grants to selected Fashion Design Students.

Initially 25 grants were provided for 2016, allocated to RMIT, Whitehouse Design, UTS, QUT, TAFE SA and Curtin University.

For the pilot project the criteria for administering and directing the grants were:

  • AWET supported a fixed number of grants for Fashion Design Institute students to a maximum cost of $50,000 per annum.
  • The grants were available to final year students from 3 and/or 4-year Degrees.
  • The quantum was fixed at $1,500 for a final year student in a 3-year degree and $2,000 for a final year student in a 4-year degree.
  • The grants were intended to assist successful candidates in sourcing and purchasing wool fabric for inclusion in their final year looks/outfits/ranges.
  • Each grant is contingent on having 80% wool content in the base fabric.
  • AWET decided how many grants were available for each Institute, using enrolment numbers as a basis.
  • Each Institute was responsible for advertising the grants and selecting candidates, based on the following criteria:
    • academic achievement or other related performance measures used by the institute;
    • commitment to producing a final year range incorporating the minimum percentage of wool required, with other fibres able to be used in conjunction with the wool component, within garments and/or in separate garments; and
    • the names and contact details being sent to AWET, as soon as possible after selection of successful candidates.
  • Once completed, each Institute arranged for AWET to receive a digitised version of their students’ designs/story boards, together with a description of the selected fabrics, plus an invoice for the total grants awarded.
  • AWET forwarded the funds to each Institute for distribution to their candidates.
  • Upon completion of their looks/outfits, students sent digital images to AWET for publication on AWET’s website and shared with AWI.

The grants were allocated to the pilot project participants as follow:

Institute Program Grants $
Curtin Bachelor or Arts (Fashion) 2 $3000
RMIT Bachelor of Fashion (Design & Technology) 4 $6000
Bachelor of Fashion (Design) (Hons) 4 $8000
TAFE SA Bachelor of Fashion Design 3 $4500
QUT Bachelor of Design (Hons) 2 $4000
UTS BA Hons Fashion and Textile Design 4 $8000
Whitehouse Institute of Design, Australia Bachelor of Design 6 $9000


Use the menus or the links above to view galleries of the creations of the students .

Selected videos are available to display some galleries.

Future of the Student Grants Program

The outcomes of the program were reviewed in February 2017 and the Trustees decided to continue the program for 2017. The program is continuing for 2018 and will continue for 2019.


Fabric Swatches

For some years the Trustees for the Australian Wool Education Trust have held annual meetings with representatives of a number of Fashion Schools from all over Australia.

The purpose of these meetings is to develop programs whereby the Trust could assist the students develop a better understanding of the characteristics and advantages of wool.

One of the first projects was the development of a set of swatches of wool fabrics for distribution to the Fashion Schools. The selection, assembling and distribution of these swatches was managed by RMIT with assistance by AWI and funded by the Trust.

The Trust continues to provide funds for the addition of new samples to these swatches as new and innovative fabrics become available.