RIRDC scholarships

11 Nov 2011 3:40 PM - Horizon scholarship for students now open

RIRDC Horizon Scholarships

A scholarship for those passionate about agriculture

Agriculture offers the most dynamic and diversified number of career pathways of any industry in Australia.

Across agriculture there is a hugely diverse range of jobs on offer for university graduates, including disciplines like biochemistry, agricultural engineering, in-field agronomy, policy advice, investment analysis, and industrial relations to name just a few.

Careers in agriculture can take you to work on farms, in laboratories and in city skyscrapers.

With the pressures on agricultural production to address the challenge of feeding a rapidly growing global population and with a changing climate affecting productivity, agriculture will become an increasingly valuable career pathway with a high take up of new technology and innovation.

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.

If this sounds like you, download Horizon Scholarship brochure and application.pdf to apply for an Horizon Scholarship.

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.

How to apply

An interactive PDF application form can be downloaded by clicking here: Horizon Scholarship brochure and application.pdf or by contacting RIRDC on (02) 6271 4100.

Deadline for this year's applications is 1 February 2012.

Further information:

Victoria Taylor
The Horizon Scholarship Coordinator
Ph: 0417 466 234
Email: victoria@flourishcommunication.com.au