International Specialised Skills Institute

The George Alexander Foundation Fellowship Program offered through the International Specialised Skills Institute (ISSI) provides five annual fellowships to resource young leaders in the traditional trades, technical and artisan fields to undertake a study tour overseas and bring back their learnings and knowledge to share with others in their sector. 

The George Alexander Foundation Fellowship Program

The George Alexander Foundation Fellowship Program at The International Specialised Skills Institute (ISSI) has been in place since 2005 with the first fellowship awarded in 2006. Initially starting with one annual fellowship then moving to three, the program now provides five GAF fellowships every year with awards committed to 2018. The GAF fellowships resources young leaders (aged under 35 years) in the traditional trades, technical and artisan fields to undertake a study tour overseas and bring back their learnings and knowledge to share with others in their sector. 

Of the $20,000 GAF fellowship, the fellows themselves receive a cash award of $10,000 and a further $10,000 is paid to ISSI to deliver mentoring, reporting support and networks to the GAF fellow.  

The aim of this fellowship is to promote the acquisition of higher-level skills and an appreciation of international best practice particularly in the areas of environment and sustainability and alternative energy, although some other areas of study will also be considered. This fellowship is intended to examine innovative approaches that demonstrate potential benefits for, and application in, Australia.

Applications are managed by ISSI and generally open annually in March.

"I trained in Barcelona with Chocolatier and Pastry chef Oriol Balaguer for 3 months...I have returned with new skills, knowledge and ideas as well as increased confidence in my skills as a chocolatier"

The International Specialised Skills Institute is an independent, national organisation that works with Australian governments, industry and education institutions to enable individuals to gain enhanced skills and experience in traditional trades, professions and leading-edge technologies. Under the Overseas Applied Research Fellowship Program the fellows travel overseas. Upon their return, they are required to pass on what they have learnt by preparing a detailed report for distribution to government departments, industry and educational institutions.

Find out more at International Specialised Skills Institute.

Donate The scholars and fellows supported through the GAF-funded programs are committed to their studies, to giving back to the community and to doing their utmost to uphold the investment that has been made in them. If you would like to invest in the education of some talented and dedicated young Australians, please make a tax-deductible donation online by clicking on Donate or contact us on 03 9650 3188 for other options.

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