Students entering their final two years of an undergraduate degree who are passionate about the future of Australian rural industries are encouraged to apply for the 2021 program.

The AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship is a collaboration between many of the Research and Development Corporations (RDC’s) to provide eligible university students with a $10,000 bursary over two years and plenty of opportunities to develop their leadership skills and expand their networks. As part of the Program, students also attend an annual four-day professional development workshop and complete two weeks of industry work placements.

The Horizon Scholarship Program is open to students studying agriculture-related or STEM degrees with major studies and/or subject selections that align to agriculture.

In acknowledging that the prosperity of agriculture is going to require a stronger inter-disciplinary approach, the inclusion of STEM degrees broadens the Horizons Scholarship offering.

AgriFutures Australia Managing Director, John Harvey says that collaboration across a broad range of disciplines will be crucial to the growth of our rural industries and is excited to see the Horizon Scholarship Program evolve to meet this need.

“Our cohorts are no longer made up solely of ag students from traditional farming backgrounds. We now have scholars studying engineering, economics, plant and animal science,” said Mr Harvey.

To be eligible to apply students must:

  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Be studying an undergraduate degree at an Australian university
  • Be entering the final two years of their degree in 2021

Scholarship recipients will be selected on the basis of their commitment to a career in agriculture, as well as their leadership potential and tertiary academic record to date.

Applications close Friday, 15 January 2021 at midnight AEDT. Shortlisted applicants must be available for a telephone interview in February 2021, and scholarship winners will be announced in April 2021.

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