About Us

People drive Australia’s wonderful ultimate renewable wood products and forestry industry. The Trust is all about people – it invests in motivated people so they can learn new things because that supports advancement of the industry.

The Joseph William Gottstein Memorial Trust Fund known as the Gottstein Trust is a unique national educational trust fund that began in 1971. It promotes the development of Australia’s wood products and forestry industry through the pursuit of excellence in people, processes and products.

The Trust adapts as the industry adapts. It is governed by seven (as at 2021) Trustees who are responsible for managing and investing the trust’s accumulated funds, overseeing investments and annual fund raising to grow the fund.  They call for applications and interview candidates each year for the Gottstein Fellowships, Scholarships and Skill Development grants.

We provide opportunity for people to build their knowledge and discover new networks.

Fifty years on - these unique opportunities for professional development, learning and networking are as important as they were when the Trust Fund was founded.

In the first 50 years nearly $1.4 million has been granted to individuals to pursue their projects or study or skill development. 151 Fellowships have been awarded – most entailed an overseas study tour. Many Gottstein Fellows went on to become leaders in prominent industry organisations and in research. Fellowship project reports can be downloaded from this website. If you’re looking for information – make this a place to come.

The Gottstein Trust also provides scholarships for people studying and provides skill development grants as well as running two short courses and a field trips every year.

Note (1) The COVID19 global pandemic and associated international travel restrictions for Australians mean that the 2021 award exclusively focus on Australian and New Zealand travel.

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