Scholarships and awards


Manufacturing Sector

Dairy Australia offers several scholarships to attract highly motivated and passionate persons into the industry.


2015 Dairy Manufacturing Scholarships

Applications for 2015 Dairy Manufacturing Scholarships are expected to open in October 2014.

The key objective of this program is to attract recent graduates and Diploma holders into the dairy industry and train them in relevant aspects of dairy manufacturing.

Each year Dairy Australia offers Dairy Manufacturing scholarships to 4-6 new graduates and diploma holders who are committed and passionate about the dairy industry. The scholarship provides a generous living allowance and includes 2-3 months training comprising of dairy manufacturing theory and practical sessions at the National Centre for Dairy Education Australia (NCDEA), Werribee and practical training placements at leading dairy manufacturing companies. Interested applicants may apply online through a simple on line application, expected to open in October 2014.

The 2012, 2013 and 2014 Dairy Manufacturing Scholarship program was very successful based on the fact that a) 80% of the trained graduates secured jobs with dairy food companies within a few months of completing the training b) Average satisfaction score for the program as judged by scholarship graduates was 8.79/10, c) Average satisfaction score judged by sponsoring companies was 7.57/10 and d) 35-42 promising graduates applied for the scholarships. 


2015 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Grant applications for the 2015 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry are now open, closing on the 3rd October 2014.

If you’re 18–35, this is your chance to apply for up to $22,000 (inc GST) to fund your innovative research project that will benefit Australia’s primary industries. Dairy Australia sponsors the dairy award category.

The Federal Government awards are popular among young scientists and offer the opportunity for young Australians to showcase their ideas and talent to the world. 

Previous Dairy Australia award winner in 2013, Dr Abdul Jabbar, used the award to research diagnosing herds against bovine theileriosis– a tick-borne disease that is similar to malaria in humans. 

Dr Jabbar said that the Dairy Australia award has played a pivotal role in the development of his research career. 

“The award not only allows young researchers to develop their career, but also helps to address important projects related to the industry,” Dr Jabbar said. 

Since 2001 more than 190 young Australians aged 18 to 35 have benefited from a Science and Innovation Award, with successful recipients using their funding for a range of activities including research projects, industry visits, study, training and development, or conferences and workshops.

Applications for the awards close 5pm, Friday 3 October 2014. Further information and application forms are available at

Victorian young innovator Jane Kelley claimed the 2014 Dairy Australia Award, a grant that has helped to advance the careers of promising young innovators through the national recognition of their talent and research ideas.

Watch interviews with 2014 award winners Kelly Porter and Jane Kelley:

Applications close 5pm AEDT Friday 03 October 2014.

For more information visit the Department of Agriculture science awards page.

Science and innovation awards contact:
Phone 02 6272 2260