These postgraduate scholarships not only provide financial support, but build connections with dairy specialists through supervision and mentoring, helping our students to become the next generation of industry leaders.
DairyNZ Master's Scholarships
DairyNZ Master’s scholarship offer a tremendous prospect to kick start a career in R&D. On completion of a Master’s degree in farm systems, it is expected that scholars will apply for employment opportunities at DairyNZ as either Doctoral Students studying specialist dairy science fields, or as Graduate Developers.
Each year, up to two scholarships of $30,000p.a., plus tuition fees, are on offer. Recipients are located at a DairyNZ office, working on a DairyNZ funded industry-relevant farm systems project and co-supervised by DairyNZ. This will ensure graduates are well-supported and mentored throughout their study, and will build strong connections within the industry.
Scholars will be able to fast track their Master's by undertaking their project while completing course requirements, taking just 18 months to complete their degree (or 12 months for scholars that have already completed Honours).
Relevant university, eligibility and criteria
The university of enrolment will be Lincoln, Massey or Waikato University, based on the most appropriate supervisor for the Master’s project.
- Applicants must be in their final year of, or completed, a bachelor degree in science, agricultural science, agricultural business or economics
- Be eligible to enrol in a Master's degree majoring in science, animal science, agricultural science, or agricultural business, at a New Zealand university
- Be either a New Zealand Citizen or New Zealand Permanent Resident
- Applicants must be willing to relocate, if required, to Hamilton, Palmerston North or Lincoln (determined by research locality), and be situated at a DairyNZ office
- The scholarship is available for up to 1.5 years and covers annual tuition fees plus $30,000 p.a.
Scholarships awarded based on:
- a strong motivation to progress in dairy R&D
- proof of existing connections and activity within the dairy industry
- academic merit
- evidence of leadership skills and critical thinking ability.
DairyNZ Master’s Scholarships will be advertised on DairyNZ vacancies.
Colin Holmes Dairy Scholarships
Dairy Trust Taranaki (DTT) and DairyNZ co-fund the Colin Holmes Dairy Scholarships to support postgraduate research that will benefit the dairy sector. Up to two scholarships of $20,000 each are awarded annually.
The scholarships are named after Professor Colin Holmes in recognition of his outstanding service to the dairy sector during his 40-year research and lecturing career at Massey University prior to his retirement in 2007.
Relevant university, eligibility and criteria
Colin Holmes Dairy Scholarships are for students of Massey University.
1. The Colin Holmes Scholarships are intended for the support of students enrolled at postgraduate level in studies on farm production topics beneficial to the dairy industry, and where the research component of the course will occupy the full year (Master's and PhD programmes). Preference may be given to those applicants who undertake at least part of their studies in conjunction with existing research being undertaken at the Dairy Trust Taranaki Gibson Farm at Whareroa, Hawera.
2. Two scholarships of $20,000 each will normally be awarded annually as funds permit, and the scholarships will normally take the form of both a stipend and a contribution towards research costs, with the proportion used for stipend and research costs determined depending on the circumstances of the project involved. Applicants should discuss what proportion they consider appropriate, relating this to other scholarships and research funding they have already received.
3. Applications will be initially considered by the Applied Academic Programmes Scholarships Committee, who will recommend a short-list of applicants to members of the DTT and DairyNZ.
4. In recommending applicants, the Applied Academic Programmes Scholarships Committee shall take into account academic merit and other scholarships and bursaries held by the applicants.
5. The scholarships will be awarded for one year, and recipients will be encouraged to reapply again in subsequent years. Scholarships will not be awarded in those years where there are no suitable applicants.
6. The first payment of the stipend will be made in May, followed by equal-sized instalments every two months for a year. The component of the award to be used for research costs will be paid in two equal instalments to the chief supervisor of the applicant, one in May and the other six months later following satisfactory progress reporting to DTT and DairyNZ, via the DairyNZ Academic Committee.
7. Applications close on the 10 March in the year in which the award is to be made.
Annual application dates, contacts and links
Open: 10 December
Close: 10 March
To obtain an application form and for more information about this scholarship, visit the Massey University scholarships and awards webpage to read more about the Colin Holmes Dairy Scholarship.
For more postgraduate scholarships information
Contact Susan Stokes, industry education facilitator, DairyNZ, 027 702 1263, email@example.com.