Awards and Scholarships

The RGA recognises and celebrates those who’ve made a significant contribution to the rice industry. We facilitate the provision of scholarships to assist growers and their families and run leadership courses especially designed to develop the next generation of rice industry leaders.

Greg Graham Memorial Scholarship 

Applications for 2018 tertiary scholarships now open -- NEW ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA. 
Download application form here. 
Applications close Friday 19 January 2018.

This scholarship, sponsored by Rice Research Australia Pty Ltd and SunRice, supports the agricultural education of members of the RGA, or their family.

The successful applicant receives a grant to the value of $10,000 to assist in studying a full-time, agriculture-based course at any Australian tertiary institution. 

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants must be the child or grandchild of a current financial member of RGA; and/or the child or grandchild of a rice grower – a rice grower is defined as someone who has delivered a minimum of 200 tonne of rice over the past 2 years.
  • Applicants must be in their second or successive year of studying an agricultural focused and/or industry related course at an Australian tertiary institution; and
  • Applicants need to demonstrate a commitment to the rice industry.

Please contact RGA for more information on (02) 6953 0433 or email

The 2017 Greg Graham Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Allister Clarke from Berriquin Branch.

The 2016 Greg Graham Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Jackson Byrnes from Hay Branch.

The 2015 Greg Graham Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Charleton Glenn from Wakool Branch.

Peter Connor Book Award

This award is delivered in conjunction with the Greg Graham Memorial Scholarship to the runner-up and will provide $3,000 for the purchase of books. 

The 2017 Peter Conner Book Award was received by Benjamin Seamer from Berriquin Branch.

The 2016 Peter Conner Book Award was received by Jack Hogan from Coleambally Branch.

The 2015 Peter Conner Book Award was received by Daniel Andreazza from Mirrool Branch.

Jan Cathcart Scholarship

Applications for the 2017 scholarship are now closed.

Jan Cathcart was a 43-year contributor to the rice industry and sadly lost her battle with cancer in September 2014. The scholarship program recognises Jan’s high principles, commitment and contribution to the Australian rice industry, SunRice and their shareholders and growers. It is designed to support talented women who demonstrate a passion and commitment to the rice industry and who can contribute and play a critical part in shaping a positive future for the rice industry.

On 13 November 2014, SunRice launched the inaugural Jan Cathcart Scholarship Award; the scholarship is valued at $10,000 a year for up to three years of university study. The scholarship is designed to support a female employee, rice grower, shareholder, or a member of their extended family. The successful applicant will be chosen on: her commitment to a career in agriculture; her involvement in work experience and community service; leadership potential; and academic achievements.

Applications for the scholarship for 2017 are now open, with potential applicants encouraged to apply before Friday Friday 25 November 2016.

To be eligible for the Jan Cathcart Memorial Scholarship, applicants must be female and be a SunRice Group employee, grower, shareholder or a relative of any of these groups. Ideally applicants’ tertiary study will align to positions in greater demand across regional Australia, including but not limited to agricultural science, engineering and finance / business. Priority will be given to applicants from regional Australia, preferably those from rice growing areas, however SunRice welcomes all suitable applications. Please note as a part of the program scholarship recipients will be offered career opportunities within the SunRice Group. 

The first scholarship will commence from Semester One, 2017. To apply, and for further information on the application process and eligibility guidelines, please visit the SunRice Careers page.

Australian Rural Leadership Program

Applications for the 2017 program are now closed.

Next Program:

Course 24, August 2017 - October 2018

54 days | Six sessions | 15 months - for established leaders

The Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) is rural Australia’s iconic leadership development program. It is a 59 day program, delivered in six sessions over 17 months. Five of these sessions take place in locations across Australia, and one component takes place overseas. Group size is 30 to 35 leaders.

The ARLP aims to produce a network of informed, capable and ethical leaders who are able to work collaboratively to advance the interests of their industries, businesses, communities and rural Australia in general.

The program works to improve the capacity of rural leaders to engage wherever a challenge is best addressed and wherever they can contribute most effectively. This may be within communities and industries, in the political arena or in team-based roles.

The ARLP is a scholarship-based program with a national, competitive selection process held each year.  A rice industry scholarship is available to eligible rice growers.

For further information, including how to apply, visit the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation website.

The rice industry has provided a scholarship for Jeremy Morton in Course 22 commencing in May 2015.

We also provided scholarships for two participants in Course 21 commencing in May 2014. They are Scott Hogan from Coleambally and Lachlan Bull from Conargo.


Nuffield Scholarships

Applications for the 2017 scholarship are now closed.

Nuffield Australia Farming Scholarships is a unique program that awards primary producers with a life-changing scholarship to travel overseas and study an agricultural topic of choice.

Nuffield has been selecting primary producers for over 60 years and it is the leading program for primary producers in Australia.

Scholars are selected annually on merit as people who are committed and passionate about farming or fishing, are at the leading edge of technology uptake and potential future leaders in the industry.

The rice industry currently sponsors a Nuffield Scholarship. For further information, including how to apply, visit the Nuffield Australia website.

Recent Nuffield Scholars supported by the rice industry include:

Antony Vagg

Peter Kaylock

Drew Braithwaite 


RIRDC Horizon Scholarships

Applications for the 2016 scholarship are now closed.

A scholarship for those passionate about agriculture

The Horizon Scholarship has been developed to support the next generation of agricultural leaders, who will take up the challenge of farming for the future. RIRDC is looking for young people who are passionate about agriculture, with a keen interest in the future of our industries and who are ready to expand their networks and learn new skills.

About the Horizon Scholarship

The Horizon Scholarship is an initiative of the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) that, in partnership with industry sponsors, supports undergraduates studying agriculture at university by providing:

  • An bursary of $5,000 per year for the duration of their degree
  • Mentoring partnerships with university faculty members and industry leaders
  • Professional development workshops
  • Annual industry work placements that give students first-hand exposure to modern agricultural practices, and
  • Opportunities to network and gain knowledge at a range of industry events.


To be eligible for the Horizon Scholarship students must be entering their first year of university, studying a degree related to agriculture, such as:

  • Agricultural Science
  • Rural Science
  • Livestock/Animal Science
  • Veterinary Science
  • Agribusiness

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

Previous Rice Industry Horizon Scholars include:

Eliza Star

Further information:

Margo Andrae
Research Manager
Level 2, 15 National Circuit
Phone: 02 6271 4142

Leadership Development Program for the Rice Industry

Applications for the 2016 program are now closed.

Click here for application form
Please forward your application (EOI) by Friday 22 April 2016 to: 

The Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia (RGA) is pleased to once again provide an exciting leadership program to assist emerging leaders within the rice industry and their partner organisations to develop their leadership skills and grow in confidence.  The RGA has engaged the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF) to design and deliver this program.

The RGA Emerging Leaders of the Rice Industry Leadership Development Program is an ambitious program which aims to develop a cohort of emerging leaders for:

Succession planning and strategic contributions on boards, committees and in the rice industry and communities as a whole;

To develop advocacy and governance capacity in the sector; and

To develop self-aware, forward thinking strategic leaders who can build the industry and the region into the future.

The RGA’s objective is to develop the leadership capacity and resilience of its sector.  The overall objectives of the leadership program are to assist participants to:

Deepen their understanding and appreciation of the need for flexible and responsive leadership;

Introduce the participants to foundational aspects and skills of effective leadership;

Develop greater self-awareness and adaptability in terms of behavioural responses, management style, and leadership approach;

Develop a structured pathway for future leadership development;

Foster ongoing relationships for peer support in the rice industry;

Engage in a larger national network of leaders through the ALRF’s Network of Fellows.

Developing the ability to influence others and to contribute to the future success of the rice industry involves individual leaders learning about themselves and how they can work collaboratively with others.  Participation in the Program will improve the participant’s confidence and skills, which will benefit not only the rice industry but the region as a whole.

Program Content

Leadership Development and Effective Teams

  • Experiential challenge activities
  • Self-awareness
  • Group Skills and engagement
  • Facilitating effective meetings
  • Conflict management – Having ‘real’ conversations
  • Leadership vs Management
  • 360 degree feedback
  • Development of personal learning plans.

Leadership Pathways

  • Meeting industry: RGA, LLS, irrigation companies, SunRice
  • Networking
  • Presentation skills

Post-Course Follow-up

  • Introduction to (and membership of) the Foundation’s Network of Fellows to expand contacts to provide an ongoing support base
  • Having fun as emerging leaders!

Time Commitment 

There are two sessions – the first of five days (four nights) and the second of three days (three nights) which will be held in the rice growing region.

Session 1 – Monday 13 June to Friday 17 June 2016 inclusive at Yanco

Session 2 – Tuesday 19 to Thursday 21 July 2016 inclusive at Deniliquin

Who will attend?

The program is designed for a maximum of 18 participants.  Each RGA Branch will nominate emerging leaders from within their Branch to participate so approximately 10 industry participants will be drawn from the Wakool, Deniliquin, Berriquin, Victoria, Coleambally, Hay, Mirrool and Yanco Branch areas.  

Organisations supporting the rice industry including LLS, irrigation companies, SunRice, and government organisations have also been invited to nominate one emerging leader each to participate.  

How to Apply

Click here for application form.

Please forward your application (EOI) by Friday 22 April 2016 to: 

The rice industry currently invests in a range of programs designed to provide professional development and networking opportunities in order to develop future industry leaders. These include offering a range of scholarships including Greg Graham Memorial Scholarship, Peter Conner book prize, Nuffield Scholarships, ARLP Scholarships. In addition, the rice industry runs an emerging leaders program which is developed and delivered by the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation.

More information about the awards and scholarships currently available can be found below.