personal career development for individuals in the industry, the Gottstein
Trust created a ‘Skill Advancement Award’ in 1998. Since renamed, the Award is
a practical and straight forward monetary grant that can be for applicants at
any level. They need to demonstrate how this support would improve their
professional skills and advance their career prospects.
The Award is
different from a Fellowship as it covers a wider breadth of job categories and types
of experience. In fact – it is open to everyone in the forest and wood products
value chain. To be considered you must demonstrate how your job performance or
future career would benefit from the chance to develop skills through training
or a project you have in mind, or for example attending a seminar or
do not usually involve overseas travel. A simple report is all that’s required after
you have completed the agreed activity. This contrasts with a fellowship report
– these are expected to be extensive and able to be applied to the wider
The Trust was
pleased to reopen for new applications during 2021, after 2020 was COVID-19 disrupted.
The next round will be held in 2022.
are selected based on the relevance of the chosen project. There are no formal
or tertiary educational requirements, although a letter of recommendation from
the applicant’s employer is desirable.
are considered by the Trustees and shortlisted applicants are then interviewed.
applicants are advised of the outcome as soon as the review process is
completed. In the 2021 round completion is expected to be by the end of July.
Contact the Gottstein Trust for more information.