Applications for the AgriFutures™ Horizon Scholarship are now open. Students studying an agriculture-related degree, in their last two years of study, are eligible to apply.
The AgriFutures™ Horizon Scholarship, in partnership with industry sponsors, provides a $5,000 bursary and professional development opportunities for eligible university students.
The AgriFutures™ Horizon Scholarship also offers students annual industry work placements, access to industry leaders, professional development assistance and opportunities to network and gain knowledge at a range of industry events.
In 2019 there are some small but important changes to the program:
- The Scholarship will now be awarded for the last two years of the successful student's degree; this change is aimed to increase networking opportunities and pathways into careers in agriculture
- Eligible agriculture related degrees now include Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths (STEM) degrees with major studies and subject selections relevant and aligned to agriculture
- Students studying traditional agriculture degrees such as rural science, animal science and agribusiness are also eligible
- Students studying in faculties that support the prosperity of rural industries, such as logistics, communications and IT, who are passionate about a career in an agriculture, are also eligible.
AgriFutures Australia recognises there is a broad range of skills which contribute to all areas of rural industries, and are looking to attract those skilled individuals into careers in agriculture. Fostering collaboration across multiple disciplines contributes to a growing Horizon Scholar Alumni entering the workforce.
Providing networking and professional development opportunities, along with valuable industry placements, sees Horizon Scholars beginning their careers in agriculture with direction and readiness.
AgriFutures™ Horizon Scholar, Matt Champness, graduated in 2018 from Charles Sturt University and was an Agricultural Science medalist. He is set to depart for Lao this year to continue his research in weed management, and reflects on his time in the AgriFutures™ Horizon Scholarship Program.
"Without a doubt, the Scholarship broadened my horizons and exposed me to so many opportunities that I didn't know existed. It also connected me with like-minded young people from across Australia."
During his time on the AgriFutures™ Horizon Scholarship program, Mr Champness participated in the 2018 Crawford Fund Conference, the National Farmers Federation (NFF) 2030 Leadership Program and co-founded 'This is Aus Ag'- a grassroots initiative aiming to build trust between farmers and consumers.
"The most enjoyable part about the program was seeing others grow and develop in their confidence.
"The AgriFutures™ Horizon Scholarship provides an opportunity for students to collaborate with other young agricultural enthusiasts from various walks of life," said Mr Champness.
Students must be entering their last two years of university to be eligible for the AgriFutures™ Horizon Scholarship. All applicants must have commenced their tertiary studies no longer than two years after leaving high school.
The online application form and terms and conditions can be found at agrifutures.com.au/horizon
Applications close at 5.00pm AEDT Friday, 1 March 2019. Shortlisted applicants must be available for a telephone interview in March 2019, and scholarship winners will be announced in May 2019.
Current sponsors of the AgriFutures™ Horizon Scholarship: Australian Eggs, Cotton Research and Development Corporation, Dairy Australia, Grains Research and Development Corporation, Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited, McCaughey Memorial Institute, Meat & Livestock Australia, AgriFutures Australia (Rice and Chicken Meat research programs) and Westpac.
AgriFutures™ Horizon Scholars at the 2018 Workshop (Wagga Wagga) - photo: Jackie Cooper