We are looking for future leaders who are interested in creating change on-farm and beyond to join our FCA Victorian Fellowship Program.

We know farmers and rural communities in Victoria are leaders when it comes to climate action:  whether it is farmer-led organisations like Birchip Cropping Group trialling innovative climate-smart ag practices, towns like Yackandandah going 100% renewable, or farmers working together in their communities across Victoria to increase on-farm resilience and reduce their impact. 


If you are a farmer or have a strong connection to agriculture, apply for the FCA Victorian Fellowship and learn how you can build climate-resilience on farm and advocate for climate solutions beyond the farm gate! 


The fellowship is a unique opportunity for you to learn from experts in climate science and climate-smart agriculture. You will also receive extensive training from experts in community change, media and politics, who will equip you with the tools you need to become a leader and drive broader changes in the climate and agriculture spaces. 


You will hear from: 

  • Cathy McGowan – Former independent Member for Indi, author and community leader
  • Professor Richard Eckard – Professor of Sustainable Agriculture at UMelb and Director of the Primary Industries Climate Challenges Centre
  • Tammy Atkins: Co-founder of It’s On Purpose – supporting regional Australians to drive change in their communities, former parliamentary staffer, councillor and independent candidate.
  • Professor Kate Auty – Chair of the Environment Protection Authority and former Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability, Victoria, and active volunteer with a variety of rural community groups like Euroa Environment Group and Euroa Energy (a microgrid development initiative). 
  • Assoc. Professor Peter ChristoffSenior Research Fellow at the Melbourne Climate Futures initiative, an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Melbourne and former vice president of the Australian Conservation Foundation.
  • Farmers from across Victoria who are implementing climate smart-practices on farm
  • Inspirational rural Australians who taking the future into their own hands and creating change in their communities

… and many more to be announced! 


Where/when: The fellowship will include a two day Zoom workshop on 25-26 October, as well as a one-day forum in Colac (you can attend online or in person) when Covid restrictions ease (likely early 2022). There will also be some online events in late 2021 – early 2022 TBA.


Cost: The fellowship is free, and travel/accommodation to in-person events will be heavily subsidised with a generous bursary. 


Join a supportive network: You’ll join a supportive network of Victorian farmers, and will also receive mentoring by national leaders and the opportunity to network with other fellows at in-person events. We will also provide you with extensive online resources you can use to develop your knowledge further. 


For more information please email – Emily Jones, [email protected]

Applications are now closed

Thank you to all those who applied.

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