Applications are now open for the Victorian Climate-Smart Agriculture Fellowship.

The Victorian Climate-Smart Agriculture Fellowship is aimed at current and emerging industry leaders who are committed to the sustainability of the agricultural sector. It is designed to build capacity to manage climate risk, while supporting business and industry resilience.

We’re looking for people with the potential to change the game, shape opinion and policy, and help agriculture and rural communities manage climate risks and prosper in a low-carbon world. Supported by the William Buckland Foundation, the fellowship is in its third year, having already trained 40 producers across Victoria.

This year the fellowship will take place via a mix of online and offline meetings between September 2020 and March 2021, including a mentoring program to support the adoption of climate smart practices and a two-day conference in March 2021.

The fellowship is a unique opportunity for you to learn from experts in climate and agriculture, as well as other Victorian farmers who are leading the way on climate resilience. You’ll join a strong and supportive network of leading farmers across Australia, receive extensive training in key skills (including media and advocacy), and develop a platform to create lasting resilience in Victorian agriculture. The fellowship is free of charge to the successful applicants.

Course Structure

Part 1:

Online learning modules are delivered via twice-weekly zoom catch ups and virtual presentations over the course of the month. Fellows will be required to complete 1-2 hours of pre-reading/viewing before each zoom catch up. Zoom catch ups will feature guest speakers and farm/innovation case studies, touching on local councils, community groups, energy projects, carbon sequestration projects etc. Learning resources will be available online, with conversation between fellows encouraged in established channels.


Part 2:

From October onwards, each fellow will be matched with a mentor and will progress project ideas developed during the online modules.


Part 3:

In March 2021 (COVID permitting), the fellows will come together face to face to showcase their projects. There will be further sessions on advocacy, change management and leadership strengthening.



Applications close 5pm Monday 31 August 2020.

To apply, please download and complete the application form below, and upload it with your details on this page. If you have any questions, please get in touch at [email protected] or 1800 491 633. 

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