Applications open for 2022 AGMARDT Leadership Scholarships

Applications for the 2022 AGMARDT Leadership Scholarships open on Monday 4 October 2021.

AGMARDT supports initiatives that develop future leaders and thinkers within the agribusiness sector. The Leadership Scholarship programme provides outstanding individuals with the financial support they need to develop their ideas and skills, to help ensure New Zealand’s regions and communities remain vibrant and economically sustainable.

The scholarships, up to a maximum of $15,000 (incl GST) per scholar, are available annually.

AGMARDT Chair, Nick Pyke said: “We are looking for the next generation of leaders who will use their fresh ideas and skills to ensure agribusiness continues to play its vital role in New Zealand.

“Our Leadership Scholarships are available for individuals wishing to advance their leadership or governance skills to take on future roles within agribusiness. Successful applicants will demonstrate innovative approaches to leadership development – not just a course or two but a programme of activity that will build their capability across a range of areas.”

Successful scholarship applicants will have the opportunity to:

  • Achieve their potential through a comprehensive, personalised development plan
  • Develop and advance their management, leadership and governance skills
  • Explore opportunities for personal development beyond New Zealand’s borders, and
  • Participate in programmes that make a positive difference to New Zealand’s food and fibres sectors and are aligned with AGMARDT’s strategic interests and purpose.

Applicants must be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents, living here, who intend to maintain a career in the country’s food and fibre sectors and want to advance their leadership potential and skills and create impact.

Preference will be given, but not limited to: applicants who have not previously received AGMARDT assistance, who are involved in the agricultural, horticultural and/or forestry sectors and who are seeking new and innovative approaches to development.

They will show strong potential as a future leader and demonstrate, through a comprehensive plan, their intention to undertake a broad range of study/development.

For full details of criteria and the application process see, Applications should be submitted via the online portal (

Applications close on 31 October 2021.