In partnership with a range of industry sponsors, the AgriFutures™ Horizon Scholarship is an initiative to help grow and support the next generation of leaders, game changers and thought makers in agriculture. In partnership with a range of industry sponsors, the AgriFutures™ Horizon Scholarship is an initiative to help grow and support the next generation of leaders, game changers and thought makers in agriculture.
The scholarship provides students with an annual bursary of $5,000 for the last two years of their undergraduate degree, professional development opportunities, and a gateway to industry networks and leaders.
Along with the bursary, scholars complete annual industry placements and a week-long capacity building workshop, which helps them to further develop their presentation, design thinking and collaborative skills. Throughout their time in the program, scholars are exposed to a range of professional contacts and networks, including opportunities to attend industry events, gaining vital knowledge and insights into a range of rural industries.
In 2019, some important changes were introduced to the eligibility criteria of the scholarship and these changes continue to be a significant cornerstone of building a dynamic and collaborative program. To be eligible for the 2020 AgriFutures™ Horizon Scholarship students must:
- Be entering their final two years of a full-time undergraduate degree
- Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
- Have a maximum two-year gap between high school and tertiary study
- Be studying a degree that focuses on, aligns to, or supports rural industries.
Eligible degrees include traditional agriculture degrees such as rural science, animal science and agribusiness, along with Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths (STEM) degrees with major studies and subject selections relevant and aligned to agriculture. Students studying in faculties that support the prosperity of rural industries, such as logistics, communications and IT, and who are passionate about a career in an agriculture, are also encouraged to apply.