Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 - Australian Rural Leadership Foundation

The John B. Foundation has generously gifted the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation a five-year grant to establish an annual scholarship:

The John B. Foundation Innovation in Agriculture Scholarship

The Scholarship is a unique opportunity for a leader within the agriculture sector looking to develop their leadership capabilities and contribute to the greater good of agriculture in Australia.

The Scholarship will fund the successful applicant’s participation in the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation’s flagship 15-month leadership program – the Australian Rural Leadership Program. After graduating from the program, the successful applicant will be funded to undertake an overseas study tour to enhance their contribution to innovation in agriculture.

“The overseas component will enable the Scholarship recipient to fully immerse themselves within innovative agricultural practices from across the globe. They will be exposed to innovative agricultural practices within a different cultural framework that will contribute to the effective implementation of their own innovation project back in rural and regional Australia,” Matt Linnegar – Chief Executive of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation. 

On the overseas trip they will meet with their counterparts in other countries gaining valuable knowledge and insights which they can use to tackle Australia’s agricultural challenges. The Overseas Innovation experience will run for a minimum of fourteen days and is to be completed within twelve months of the Scholarship recipient graduating from the Australian Rural Leadership Program. The program for the overseas study tour will be curated with the successful applicant and organised by the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation.

Mr John B Fairfax AO, Chairman of John B Foundation, who was one of the early board directors of the ARLF, said, “Australian farmers are among the best in the world, but there is always a need to find better ways of making our farming better and more productive.  We can look beyond our own shores to obtain an appreciation of what others are doing. Technology, for example, is providing us with many opportunities to innovate. We should aim to be the leaders, while acknowledging that somewhere, someone will have a better idea that can be shared”.

Shortlisted applicants will be asked to identify a possible area of focus for their Innovation project.

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The Australian Rural Leadership Program will run from June 2020 to October 2021.

Applications close on Friday 30 August 2019.

For more information or to apply, please visit:

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