MPI scholarships and awards

Find out about scholarships and awards supported by the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Current scholarships and awards

MPI’s scholarships and awards

Primary Industries Good Employer Awards

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We're recognising and celebrating employers in the primary sector who are doing a great job.

Winners of the 2021 awards were announced in April.

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New Zealand Biosecurity Awards

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The New Zealand Biosecurity Awards recognise the great work that people all over New Zealand are doing in biosecurity every day.

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Significant Contribution to Food Safety Award

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This award recognises an individual, team, or organisation that has made a significant improvement to food safety in New Zealand. This could be for a specific process or operation, for one sector or across a few sectors.

2021 nominations close 4 June.

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Fisheries New Zealand Scholarships

A school of baracudas.Scholarships are available to both masters and undergraduate students in the fields of fisheries science and marine biology.

The 2020 awards will be presented at Parliament in August.

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New Zealand Seafood Sustainability Awards

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The awards celebrate industry, tangata whenua, and our communities who are dedicated to ensuring the sustainability of New Zealand’s fisheries and aquaculture.

The theme was "Ngā kaitiaki o Tangaroa: Guardians of Seafood".

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Ngā Karahipi Uru Rākau – Forestry Scholarships

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The forestry scholarships aim to increase the number of highly trained people entering the forestry and wood processing sector.

Applications are open until 15 August 2021.

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Other organisations’ scholarships and awards

LEARN scholarships and awards

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LEARN is an awards scheme sponsored by the New Zealand Government, through the Ministry for Primary Industries to build international capability in livestock emissions research.

  • Global Research Alliance Senior Scientist Award: This award supports exchanges between New Zealand scientists and scientists from other Global Research Alliance countries. The award enables collaboration on research into reducing emissions from livestock. You must have a PhD and/or be a scientist with at least 5 years research experience.

    Expressions of interest can be submitted at any time.

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  • LEARN co-funded PhD scholarship: Students from developing countries can apply for this scholarship to attend a New Zealand research organisation. You must be enrolled or enrolling in research relating to livestock greenhouse gas mitigation.

    This scholarship is currently fully subscribed.

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Nuffield Farming Scholarship

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Nuffield scholars travel to observe, learn about, and experience agricultural on a global scale. MPI is a sponsor and partner of the Nuffield Farming Scholarship, which is run by the New Zealand Rural Leadership Trust.

Applications have closed for 2020 scholarships.

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Past scholarships and awards

Postgraduate Science Scholarship

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Scholarships are for masters and PhD candidates for research relevant to the primary industries at a New Zealand tertiary education institution.

The winners of the 2020 scholarships were announced in March 2020.

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