Scholarships looking to support growth & innovation of horticultural sector

Friday, 4 October 2019

The Australian nursery industry and broader horticultural sector is thriving.

To support further growth and innovation within the sector, the industry must focus on the development of one its most important resources – people.

Hort Innovation using nursery industry levies and funds from the Australian Government is investing in a range of professional development programs aimed at upskilling the workforce, accelerating careers and fostering leadership within the nursery industry.

There are a number of scholarship and professional development opportunities currently available for those employed in the Australian nursery industry. These include:

Women and Leadership Scholarships (LP16000)

Co-funded by the Hort Frontiers Leadership Fund and Women & Leadership Australia (WLA), this scholarship initiative aims to support the empowerment and continued development of women in Australian horticulture.

The program aims to address key barriers that women in the industry often face, and equip them with the skills and tools to accelerate their careers, and become leaders within their businesses and industries.

Women can choose to apply to one of three different course streams. These are:

The scholarship funding covers up to 60 per cent of the program costs and is available to women who own or work within levy-paying businesses.

Expressions of interest for this scholarship initiative closes at 5pm on Tuesday, 5 November 2019.

For more information, click here.

Masterclass in Horticultural Business (LP15001)

Funded through the Hort Frontiers Leadership Fund and run by University of Tasmania, the Masterclass in Horticultural Business is a tailor-made program often described as a mini-MBA.

This 10-month professional development course works to assist established owners, managers and senior staff in Australian horticulture to advance their careers and businesses.

Each year, there are several industry-specific scholarships available valued at $10,000 to cover tuition costs. In 2019, there were four nursery scholarships awarded to leading industry professionals.

Applications for the February 2020 intake will close on Sunday, 1 December 2019.

For more information, click here.

Churchill Fellowship

Hort Innovation in partnership with the Churchill Trust, offers three Fellowships annually to applicants working in a registered Australian levy-paying horticultural business.

Churchill Fellowships are funded by the Hort Frontiers Leadership Fund, with each valued at around $26,000.

This scholarship program is a great opportunity for those with extensive experience in the horticultural sector to learn and collaborate with experts around to the world.

Applications for 2020 Churchill Fellowships will open Saturday, 1 February 2020.

For more information, click here.

Attracting New Entrants to the Horticulture Industry (LP15006)

Funded through the Hort Frontiers Leadership Fund and led by project provider, Rimfire Resources, this initiative targets graduates across the horticultural sector. Final year tertiary students who are successful receive a paid internship giving them practical experience and greater exposure to the industry.

Businesses that offer internships are encouraged to employ interns after graduating from the program.

For more information, click here.


Don’t miss your chance to further develop your skills and advance your careers in the thriving nursery industry. Put the dates in your diaries and keep an eye out for more information to come!