AGMARDT recognises the significant benefit to New Zealand agribusiness from supporting future leaders and capability programmes for individuals and groups.

Capability grants will provide opportunities for individuals and/or groups to:

  • achieve their potential through a personalised development plan that will motivate, inspire and transform;
  • develop and advance their personal management, leadership capability and expertise;
  • provide and/or participate in management, leadership and governance programmes that make a positive difference to agribusiness and are aligned with AGMARDT’s strategic interests;
  • gain international market experiences that will inspire and promote transformational change within New Zealand Agribusiness value chains; and
  • commit to a career within NZ Agribusiness.

Capability Development Grants are available in the following categories:

Leadership Scholarship Programme
The AGMARDT Leadership Scholarship is available to outstanding individuals who will use their skills and ideas to lead change and ensure our agribusiness sector remains vibrant and sustainable.

The Scholarship is designed to enable and empower fresh thinkers to advance their management, leadership or governance skills so they can take on future roles within agribusiness. Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate innovative approaches to their leadership development with a proposed programme of activity that will build their capability across a range of areas to have a positive impact on our food and fibres sector.

Applications for the 2022 Leadership Scholarship are open from 4 October and close 31 October


Executive Management Scholarship Programme
Scholarships are available to provide an opportunity to place talented individuals in a chosen international marketplace or a recognised executive training opportunity, to deliver a transformative experience that will encourage personal development, long term commitment and benefits to New Zealand Agribusiness.

AGMARDT offers up to six Scholarships per year to the value of up to $40,000 for each scholarship awarded. There is a minimum cash contribution requirement for this Scholarship and is for a maximum term of three years.


Industry Wide Capability Development
Funding assistance to enable industry and wider interest groups to deliver effective and relevant development programmes to enhance the capability and skills of individuals involved. Both domestic and internationally programmes will be considered.


Individual Capability Development
Funding for individuals that require assistance with specific capability development programmes offered within NZ and abroad.