Scholarships and awards

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

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.


Global Research Alliance Senior Scientist Award

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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.


LEARN co-funded PhD scholarship

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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.


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.


New Zealand Food Awards

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As part of New Zealand Food Awards, New Zealand Food Safety sponsors the Food Safety Culture Award, and the Primary Sector Products Award.


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 is “Ngā kaitiaki o Tangaroa: Guardians of Seafood".


Ngā Karahipi Uru Rākau – Forestry Scholarships

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Available for Māori and/or female students enrolling in a Bachelor of Forestry Science or Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Forest Engineering.


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.


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.

Winners were announced on 13 June 2018.


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 were announced on 27 November 2018.


Significant Contribution to Food Safety Award

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This award recognises an individual, a team, or an 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.

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