Photo: Kimberley Low / Wine Australia
Photo: Kimberley Low / Wine Australia

Wine Australia invests in and directs research, development and extension to support a competitive Australian wine sector. Our investments are guided by the strategic research priorities of the Australian Government and the Australian wine sector.

We do not invest in activities that are based on political aims or promotion of products, regional activities or organisations, nor where there is no market failure (this refers to activities that could reasonably be expected to be provided by the market on a cost recovery/profit basis).

Funding is available in the following areas:

RD&E projects

Wine Australia invests in strategic bilateral agreements with a number of key research organisations including The Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI), CSIRO, SARDI, The University of Adelaide and Charles Sturt University. We also periodically request applications for research, development and extension projects on specific topics. Any targeted calls for project applications will be detailed here.

Incubator Initiative

Applications for the Incubator Initiative 2018 are now closed.

The Incubator Initiative supports early career researchers working with regional grape and wine associations and groups on regionally specific research.

Travel bursaries

Applications for Wine Australia's bursary for travel commencing between 1 January and 30 June 2019 are now closed. 


As of 2019 Wine Australia will be inviting and assessing applications for travel bursaries once a year only

Applications for travel between 1 July 2019 and 30 June 2020 will open the first Friday in April and close the last Friday in May 2019. 

Travel bursary application guide

Visiting scholars bursaries

Wine Australia invites and assesses applications for Visiting Scholar Bursaries throughout the year.

We will consider applications from organisations that seek funding to bring international experts to Australia to participate in workshops, meetings, conferences and symposia and in research projects. The activities need to align with our strategic RD&E priorities.

PhD and Masters by Research scholarships

Applications for Wine Australia's 2019 PhD and Masters by Research scholarships are now closed. 

Wine Australia offers a PhD and Master by Research scholarship program to help attract postgraduate students to the fields of wine, viticulture and wine business research. We are committed to supporting academic endeavour and encouraging the enthusiasm of the future leaders of oenology, viticulture and wine business researchers to support a prosperous Australian grape and wine community.

Wine Australia offers supplementary scholarships for up to three years full-time PhD study and for up to two years full-time Master by Research study. Candidates must:

  • be enrolled in or have applied for, a program at an Australian or overseas university
  • hold, or have applied for, an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship or other equivalent scholarship through their host university, and
  • be attending on campus (applies to domestic study only).

Scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence, the quality of an applicant’s Curriculum Vitae, the merit of the proposed research program, the likelihood of the student’s ongoing involvement in the wine sector, and funding availability.

International candidates enrolled at overseas universities are not eligible.

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