Investing in People

Program Overview

Overview

The Rural Industries R&D Corporation’s Investing in People Program develops leadership and human capacity for primary industries and their communities and contributes to enhancing future labour supply to meet demand in primary industries for skilled occupations.

The Program primarily invests in scholarships and programs that develop and build the skills and leadership potential of people in the rural sector.

The two major initiatives within the Investing in People Program are the RIRDC Rural Women’s Award and the Horizon Scholarship.

The Program also currently invests in externally-run capacity building programs, such as ABC’s Heywire youth program and the Australian Rural Leadership Program.

Postgraduate Scholarships

The Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation scholarships aim to foster professionals who will contribute to innovation for Australian rural industries. The Corporation awards postgraduate scholarships to foster research training in disciplines that contribute to the Corporation's research priorities. Successful applications are likely to be those with a strong focus on the Corporation's priorities.

Scholarships are open to Australian citizens and permanent residents holding an honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline. Applications from mature age students with experience in rural industries are invited.

Postgraduate scholarships (PhD or Masters Degree) are available for up to three years to study at an Australian university and include a living allowance. Conditions and requirements for the scholarships can be found in the Scholarship Terms and Conditions.

How to Apply

Postgraduate scholarships can be applied for all year round. For further information on the scholarship process contact the Scholarships Manager on 02 6271 4100. To submit an application form please email rirdc@rirdc.gov.au.

Download the scholarships application form

Program Aim

To develop leadership and human capacity for primary industries and their communities and contribute to enhancing future labour supply to meet demand in primary industries for skilled occupations. The Program primarily invests in scholarships and programs that develop and build the skills and leadership potential of people in the rural sector.






Key contacts and links

Program Manager

Jennifer Medway
Ph: 02 6271 4132
Email: jennifer.medway@rirdc.gov.au


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RIRDC RURAL WOMEN'S AWARD

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The RIRDC Rural Women's Award supports women with demonstrated leadership capabilities, or leadership potential and community contribution, who have the desire and commitment to make a greater contribution to their primary industries.

The Award acknowledges that women offer a unique approach to leadership, which involves connecting and collaborating to effect change and influence, often without the need for position or authority. The Award also encourages primary industries and rural communities to embrace diversity in leadership to successfully navigate future challenges.

The Award provides women with financial and professional support to implement their visions for primary industries and enhance their leadership capabilities.

Read more about the RIRDC Rural Women's Award.

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THE HORIZON SCHOLARSHIP

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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.

It is 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.

The Horizon Scholarship is an initiative of the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation that, in partnership with industry sponsors, supports undergraduates studying agriculture-related degrees at university.

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