These unique annually awarded
Fellowships continue to contribute to and build capability within the industry.
They are a fitting living legacy for Bill Gottstein – the fine man whose
accidental and early death prompted leading industry figures to seek to honour
him with a Trust Fund that supports people to learn.
Since formation in 1971 the Gottstein
Trust has awarded more 151 Fellowships. Many Fellows can attest to the lasting
and important impact made by the Gottstein Fellowship for their career and
professional development. You can read about these in the testimonials.
The Gottstein Fellowship is a grant
that is awarded to people who work within, or associated with, the Australian
wood products and forest industries. This may be anywhere at all on the value
chain. A fellow is funded to conduct a research project which they have put
forward. Most projects (COVID permitting) entail international travel and/or
The fellowship can be a powerful
experience. Many fellows have told that this really set their subsequent career
trajectory. All fellows will benefit from the opportunity by acquiring new
knowledge, experiences and networks.
Normally the activities can be
undertaken either within or outside Australia. For 2021 applications the scope
is entirely focussed on travel within Australia and New Zealand- this is due to
the COVID-19 global pandemic and the international travel restrictions.
The accumulated impact of Fellowships can be deep and long lasting.
Eighty-five percent of the grant is
payable to the Fellow on commencement and the remaining fifteen percent is
payable within thirty days of the receipt of the final report. Copyright of the
work done under the Fellowship program is assigned to the Trust.
Gottstein Fellows benefit personally
from the experience and their professional capacity grows, which is also
beneficial for the industry. Fellows are expected to proactively communicate
their project findings upon submitting their final report. This spirit of
passing on learnings achieved by virtue of support by the Trust Fund is an
important element of the Fellowship
There is not a formal educational
requirement for Gottstein Fellowship applicants. However, applicants should
demonstrate a strong commitment to the wood products or forestry industry
through academic and professional achievements and career goals. They should
also be excellent communicators with the ability to write clear reports and be
willing to speak at seminars and industry events.
Read Gottstein Fellowship General Terms and Conditions
Read Frequently asked questions
The project topic for Fellowship
applications are entirely up to the applicant and each is considered on its
merits by the Trustees.
By way of example quite diverse
topics along the lines of these listed below might be able to be considered.
This range of topics is by no means exhaustive. Applicants are expected to
bring original thoughts forward with a suitable topic that they have reason
believe is important to advance the industry.
- Market development (especially Asian market
- Excellence in manufacturing processes
- Opportunities for engineered wood products in
- Plantation or native forest management or
monitoring innovations to achieve multiple objectives
- Forestry and climate change
- Innovations in wood supply
- Farm forestry – more trees are needed for
Australia’s wood supply
- Bushfire regeneration/mitigation
- Industry safety and workforce issues
- Green building materials
- Forests, wood and bioenergy
- Forecasting consumer preferences
- and so on.
Applicants should provide the
following to apply for a Gottstein Fellowship:
- Complete the online application form including
uploading all necessary additional documents
- Submit their covering letter demonstrating
abilities and commitment to the industry. They must provide an outline of
the planned project covering;
- Project title
- Industry need/value to industry
(include dollar values where appropriate)
- Project activities
- How this project fits in with your
current work activities and how it will assist your career development
- Proposed itinerary
- Estimated total cost (give as much
detail as possible) and what proportion is requested from the Gottstein
- Communication of project results
to broader industry
- Post Fellowship benefits to
yourself and to the Australian industry.
- Submit their current
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The 2021 application round was
between Friday 12th March 2021 and Thursday 20th May 2021.
Late applications will generally NOT
Existing fellows are unable to travel
in 2020 and hence the Trust is supporting them with an eye towards their study
tours being able to go ahead as soon as possible, subject to travel
restrictions and health conditions.
If you have any queries, please email
the Gottstein Management Team at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: +61 (0) 419-991-424.
Applications for each category
will be considered by the Trustees and applicants will be selected for
interview via Zoom in late June 2021, after applications close. The selection
process will conclude in July.
For further information please contact the Gottstein Management Team.