Aim: The aim of the Scholarship is to provide farmers, teachers and community leaders from the developing nations of the Asia Pacific region and beyond with practical training and experience in Australia in areas consistent with the Rotary Foundation’s Six Areas of Focus* with a preference for primary production and community development. The training and experience gained is to be applied for the benefit of the recipient’s community and organisation.

The Scholarship: The recipient(s) will spend up to three months in Australia hosted by an Australian Rotary Club (“the host club”). The training and experiences undertaken will be relevant to the benefits that will accrue to the recipient’s organization, home community and country. Up to three applicants as a team may be eligible to receive one Scholarship.

Eligibility: The Scholarship is open to citizens of developing countries in which Rotary programmes have been successfully conducted, preferably in the Asia Pacific area.

What the Scholarship Provides: Up to US$10,000 for training fees, airfares, accommodation, subsistence, insurance, internal travel and medical insurance for the duration of the Scholarship. The Scholarship itinerary will be appropriate for the applicant’s skills and applicable to the needs of the applicant’s community or organization. The Scholarship, including the itinerary and budget, is planned and administered by the host club.  (The Scholarship does not provide remuneration for the recipient)

Selecting an applicant for the Royce and Jean Abbey Vocational Scholarship

The Scholarship Recipient’s and Australian Host Club’s Responsibilities

Application Process

Checklist for Clubs

*The Rotary Foundation’s Six Areas of Focus may be found at:

A print version of the Information and Criteria is available here