AgriFutures Australia is committed to supporting the next generation of leaders that will drive the future prosperity of Australian rural industries and communities. The AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship is awarded to students studying an agriculture-related undergraduate degree or a Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths/Finance (STEM) degree with relevant majors which align to agriculture.


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:

  • A bursary of $5000 per year for the final two years of your degree
  • Professional development workshops
  • Annual industry work placements aligned with the scholar’s areas of interest and their sponsor’s industry
  • Opportunities to network and gain knowledge at a range of industry events.

Who can apply

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

Our research shows that Horizon Scholars are typically two to three years ahead of other university graduates in terms of their career readiness and industry networks.

Previously, the Horizon Scholarship program was eligible to students that were in their first two years of tertiary studies. Now, the Horizon Scholarship is offered to students in their last years of study, to best connect students with industry networks and giving them this continued advantage when entering the workforce.

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
  • Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths (STEM) with major studies and subject selections relevant to, and aligned with, agriculture

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

Recipients will be required to attend the workshop (held in July 2022), and complete two weeks of work placement each year of the scholarship. Reasonable costs associated with these activities are covered by the program.

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

How to apply

Applications for the 2023 AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship open on Monday, 14 November 2022. 

Applications must be completed and submitted through the online application portal. In addition to the application questions, applicants must also provide a reference letter and a copy of their academic transcript. These can be attached to the application form and submitted online.


Date Activity
Monday, 14 November 2022 Applications open
Friday, 13 January 2023 Applications close
January – February 2023 Applications reviewed and shortlisted. A shortlist will be provided to sponsors for further review.
February 2023 Phone interviews with shortlisted students
March 2023 Successful students notified
April 2023 Announcement of 2023 Horizon Scholars
July 2023 2023 Horizon Scholarship Workshop


AgriFutures Australia is thankful for the support of the following partners:

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Meet our past and present Horizon Scholars and find out why they have chosen to pursue a career in agriculture.

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Horizon Scholar, Matt Rogan - Why I love ag (studying BAg at UQ, sponsored by Sugar Research Australia)

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Horizon Scholars videos

Horizon Scholar, Jordy Kitschke (studying Agricultural Science at Adelaide Uni, sponsored by GRDC)

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Horizon Scholar, Georgia Campbell - Why I love ag (Uni of Sydney, sponsored by Grains RDC)

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