Education and Training Opportunities

Grants to realise big ideas from young ag innovators

APL are proud to be again sponsoring the Pork category award as part of the 2022 Science and Innovation Awards. The Science and Innovation Awards is a partnership between the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment and the research and development corporations and industry associations. The award is open to students, early career researchers and young people (18-35 years old) involved the pork industry to conduct new and creative research that will benefit Australia’s pork industry. The award is valued at up to $22,000 with the winners of each industry category award then invited to apply for the Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management’s Award, which provides additional funding for an extended research project. For more information on the rewards and how to apply, please follow this link –

APL would like to strongly encourage anyone that fits the award eligibility criteria (see below) and has an innovative idea to help better the Australian Pork Industry to apply!

Applications close 5pm AEST Friday 1 October 2021

Please feel free to circulate this email amongst your peers.


Open to those 18-35 years who are working or studying in an agriculture, fisheries or forestry industry.  Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements:  

  • be aged 18-35 (inclusive) by the closing date.
  • be Australian citizens or permanent residents by the closing date.
  • be working of studying in an agriculture, fisheries or forestry related industry.

[NOW CLOSED] Call for applications for Education Program

To build upon APRIL’s current research and education and training investments, APRIL is currently seeking applications to support its education program and assist in further building human capacity for the Industry. A number of different opportunities exist for undergraduate and postgraduate students/potential students within APRIL, as follows:

  1. Scholarship Awards for Honours students.
  2. ‘Top-ups’ for postgraduate research students (PhD, MS/MSc/MPhil) in an APRIL-funded research project (or related).
  3. Support for DVM/undergraduate Veterinary Science projects.
  4. Support for MS/MSc/MPhil students, where a research project is an incorporated component of the program of study, in an APRIL-funded research project (or related).
  5. Part-support for PhD students.


Eligibility varies according to the different scheme being applied for. Make sure the Guidelines associated with each opportunity are read thoroughly before starting/submitting an application.

How do I apply?

Information concerning the different education opportunities from APRIL, including Guidelines and application forms, can be found below. Completed applications should reach APRIL by the closing date, and the outcomes will be announced after the closing date. The APRIL Education Advisory Committee will assess all applications against APRIL-related criteria including the academic record and curriculum vitae of the applicant, the applicant’s research potential including the research proposal, alignment with APRIL research priorities, evidence of industry endorsement/relevance, a personal statement from the applicant, the supervisor(s) track record, and a communication and delivery plan (if appropriate). APRIL will determine the number of, and the amount of, any grant awarded.

Applications should be lodged electronically to Dr Charles Rikard-Bell at (email), Questions on any of the Awards should be directed to Professor John Pluske at (email),, or 0410 436871.

Important dates:

2022 dates will be announced shortly.