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
Once the dates are available for the 2024 round of applications this page will be updated. The round will also be publicised in industry media and newsletters as well as LinkedIn. (The 2023 round ran for two months between March and May).
Applications should be
Late applications will generally NOT be considered.
Applicants are selected based
on the basis of their motivation and commitment to the forestry and wood
products industry; and the relevance of the activity as a way to develop their
skills and knowledge. No formal education requirements are needed to apply, however
a letter of recommendation from the applicant’s employer is desirable.
Applications are considered by
the Trustees and shortlisted applicants are then interviewed.
All applicants are advised of
the outcome as soon as the review process is completed. The 2023 round
completion is expected to be by the end of July.
Contact the Gottstein Trust for more information.