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
  • Agricultural Economics
  • 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 the first week of July in 2020), 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.


Monday, 21 October 2019Applications open
Friday, 22 November 2019Applications close
November 2019 – January 2020Applications reviewed and shortlisted. A shortlist will be provided to sponsors for further review.
February 2020Phone interviews with shortlisted students
March 2020Successful students notified
April 2020Announcement of 2020 Horizon Scholars
July 20202020 Horizon Workshop, dates TBC


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

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