Hort Innovation’s Leadership Fund, part of its new strategic co-investment initiative, aims to create more leading figures in Australian Horticulture with a variety of scholarships and education opportunities addressing key industry areas. We’re pleased to announce that as part of this Fund, we’ve now joined forces with the Churchill Trust. Sir Winston Churchill famously referred to gardening as the ‘natural occupation of man’ – so it is more than fitting to be offering a number of Fellowships in his name to drive innovation and transformation within Australia’s horticulture industry.

Churchill Fellowships have an average value of $26,000, and enable Australians to travel the world to access knowledge not readily available locally. Some of Australia’s foremost horticulturalists are Churchill Fellows, including citrus grower and expert Ian Tolley, rose petal industry pioneer Sarah Sammon, and long-time Gardening Australia host Peter Cundall, to name only a few.

“There are two things every Churchill Fellowship Applicant needs to display,” says Churchill Trust CEO Mr Adam Davey. “The first is to present a research project that will provide benefit to the Australian community. The second is showing how all of the skills, insights and knowledge gathered from world experts can be shared when returning home.”

Hort Innovation chief executive, John Lloyd, said the organisation’s investment in these sought-after Fellowship opportunities form part of its biggest industry leadership drive in history. “In the face of an ageing horticultural industry and a fast moving technological landscape, we are rolling out a host of tailored development opportunities for growers, and this is one not to be missed,” he said.


After submitting your idea about a topic you wish to research internationally, there will be a range of in-person interviews conducted. Successful applicants will then be awarded their Fellowship by October. Fellows are expected to travel between Feb 1st, 2018 and Jan 31st, 2019.

You can apply for the Churchill Fellowship here Within the online application form you have the option to be considered for a sponsored Fellowship – simply choose Horticulture Innovation Australia from the drop-down list.

There will be three Fellowships sponsored by Hort Innovation awarded annually.