Scholarships and Opportunities

RDA Tropical North collates information on relevant scholarships and opportunities from government, corporate and private sectors.

AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship

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.

  • $5000 bursary
  • Closing 15 January 2021

AIM Australian Institute of Management – Covid Stimuls Fund

In order to support the development of Australia’s workforce long term, AIM has launched the COVID Stimulus Fund. This fund can be used by eligible students and organisations to:

  • Apply a contribution towards tuition fees for AIM Vocational Qualifications capped at:
    -$3,200 for online Diplomas
    -$2,000 for online Certificate IVs
  • Provide an additional 2 training seats at no cost to organisations who book in 3 or more employees to an AIM short course

Contact AIM direct to view eligible industries. 

Co-operative Farming – Educational Bursaries

Farmers, fishers and foresters
We are helping participants access learning at partner institutions and providers through educational bursaries for co-operative education and relevant training for co-operatives and collaborative business models. Our educational bursaries are aimed specifically at encouraging learners from the farming, fishing and forestry community to extend their capabilities through study, regardless of their level of formal educational attainment. Once a participant is approved, the bursary will be paid directly to the education or training provider.

Contact Co-operative Farming direct.

Nuffield Australia 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.  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.​

  • 20 x Scholarships on offer of valued at $30,000
  • Currently taking applications;  Interviews to be held in 2020 for commencement in 2021

Red Ochre Award

The prestigious Red Ochre Award was established by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board in 1993 to pay tribute to a senior Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person for their outstanding lifetime achievement in the arts and their contribution to the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts, both nationally and internationally.

The Red Ochre Award now includes recognition of both an outstanding senior male artist and an outstanding senior female artist. Nominations for senior artists are accepted from arts and community organisations and individuals. Senior artists may not nominate themselves and nominations may only be made for a living artist. Awards will not be given posthumously. The Red Ochre Awards for lifetime achievement will be presented at the First Nations Arts Awards.

The Red Ochre Award recognises:

  • lifetime contribution to First Nations Arts nationally and internationally
  • lifetime contribution to the First Nations community
  • artistic leadership
  • arts practice.

Nominations Close 7 December 2020

Rural Bank Scholarships

Rural Bank has an ongoing focus of supporting the next generation of leaders in agriculture, by offering financial support in the form of scholarships.

We are seeking first-time tertiary students looking to pursue studies in agriculture, agribusiness or related fields and who are passionate about making their contribution to the success of Australian agriculture. We want them to demonstrate how they plan to contribute to the Australian agricultural industry, in our rural and regional communities.

  • $5,000
  • Closing 27 January 2021

Sponsorship Grants for Student Science Engagement and International Competitions

Provides organisations, such as schools and community groups, with grants from $1,000 to $20,000 to sponsor eligible Australian students under the age of 18 to attend or participate in STEM related events, activities and competitions in Australia and overseas.

  • From $1,000 to $20,000
  • Will close when funding is exhausted

Varuna First Nations Fellowships

Each year, six fellowships, including accommodation, all meals, travel expenses and manuscript consultations, are awarded to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers from anywhere in Australia.  This fellowship program is open to writers of all genres of fiction, narrative non-fiction, poetry, children’s books, graphic novels, dramatic/screen writing, writing for radio, translation, YA, essays or short fiction. Submissions in language are welcomed.

The fellowship week includes a one-on-one mentoring session as well as group reading sessions.  First Nations Fellowships also include an optional publishing appraisal from Magabala Books, Australia’s leading Indigenous publisher, for any work that you complete as a result of this fellowship, available for up to 18 months following the period of your fellowship.

  • Closing 10 December 2020