​Media Release

Next generation of ag leaders just over the Horizon

18 December 2014​

First year agriculture undergraduates with a passion for Australia’s primary industries have until the end of January 2015 to apply for the prestigious Horizon Scholarship, which provides valuable mentoring and funding towards their studies.

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said the scholarship gave students keen for a career in agriculture support and inspiration. 

“A competitive and profitable agricultural sector requires a skilled and resilient workforce and by providing the necessary investments today we are growing the next generation of Australia’s agricultural leaders,” Mini​ster Joyce said.

“I encourage eligible school leavers enrolling in a degree related to agriculture to apply so they can develop the ideas to keep Australian agriculture competitive and profitable in an ever changing and demanding global environment.”

Eligible students must be studying an agriculture-related degree, including but not limited to the fields of agricultural science, rural science, livestock and animal science, agribusiness, plant science, agricultural economics, resource management, sustainability and food security.

An initiative of the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) in partnership with industry sponsors, the Horizon Scholarship provides networking opportunities, industry-based work placements, professional development workshops and mentoring, as well as financial support to successful scholars for each year of their degree.

“I see a bright future ahead for our agricultural industries and to help realise this potential we need committed, realistic and practical career pathways supported by industry-driven programmes like the Horizon Scholarship,” Minister Joyce said.

For more information about the Horizon Scholarship–including eligibility requirements or how to apply—visit the RIRDC website www.rirdc.gov.au/horizon. 

Applications close 5pm on 30 January 2015 with winners announced in March. ​