Awards and Scholarships

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.

Greg Graham Memorial Scholarship

Applications extended to Friday 8th February 2019.

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

The Greg Graham Memorial Scholarship

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. 

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. 

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.period  (If not sure please ring the RGA Office on 02 6953 0433). 
  • 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.

Successful applicants will be advised and interviews conducted in the week ending 15 February 2019.

The award winners will be announced Wednesday 20 February 2019 

Apply for the scholarship via this link.

For further information contact Belinda Lambert, Communications Manager RGA
on 0488 071 165 or 

Recent recipients of the Greg Graham Memorial Scholarship are:

  • 2018  Benjamin Seamer from Berrigan
  • 2017  Allister Clarke from Berriquin Branch
  • 2016  Jackson Byrnes from Hay Branch.
  • 2015  Charleton Glenn from Wakool Branch

Recent recipients of the Peter Connor Book Award are:

  • 2018  Dominic Morona from Deniliquin Branch
  • 2017  Benjamin Seamer from Berrigan Branch
  • 2016  Jack Hogan from Coleambally Branch
  • 2015  Daniel Andrezza from Mirrool Branch

Australian Rural Leadership Program


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


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.


AgriFutures Horizon Scholarships


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. AgriFutures 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

In partnership with industry sponsors, the AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship is an initiative supporting students enrolled in full time study at an Australian university by providing:

  • An bursary of $5,000 per year for the duration of their degree
  • 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.
The 2018 AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship brochure contains further information on recent changes to the program, and the benefits students receive.


To be eligible for the Horizon Scholarship, students must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident enrolled full-time in their first year of an agriculture-related degree at an Australian university with a maximum two-year gap between high school and tertiary study.

IN ADDITION, in 2018 there are three additional and unique scholarships on offer, targeting students in their final two years of study within a financial services discipline with a keen interest in agriculture. This scholarship is known as the 2018 AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship, sponsored by Westpac. The application process and benefits remain the same for this scholarship.

Suitable degrees include, but are not limited to:

  • Agricultural Science
  • Rural Science
  • Livestock/Animal Science
  • Veterinary Science
  • Agribusiness
  • Plant Science
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Resource Management
  • Sustainability
  • Food Security
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths (STEM) with major studies and subject selections relevant to, and aligned with, agriculture
  • If applying for the Westpac scholarship, suitable degrees included banking or financial planning disciplines

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.

Recipients will be required to attend the workshop (held in the first week of July in 2018), and complete two weeks of work placement each year of the scholarship. Reasonable costs associated with these activities are covered by the program.

How to apply:

Applications for the 2018 AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship open on Monday, 8 January 2018.

To apply for the scholarship, students must personally complete the online application form, which will be live on this website from 9.00am Monday, 8 January 2018. Applications close at 5.00pm AEDT, Friday 23 February 2018.

Before beginning the application process, applicants must read the AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship terms and conditions. You are not required to sign this document as part of your application, but please note that by submitting an application, you will be required to agree to these terms as part of the online application.

Please email for any scholarship queries. Any enquiries should be made personally by the applicant.

Following a review of all written applications, short-listed applicants will participate in a phone interview with representatives from AgriFutures Australia and Horizon Scholarship sponsors, after which the successful applicants will be selected.

Successful students will be notified in May.