Industry Focus

Industry Scholarships


APL supports higher education students to establish and shape their research careers or to get experience within the Australian pork industry through undergraduate and post-graduate scholarships.

APL fund our supported students to attend the Australasian Pig Science Association, the Pan Pacific Pork Expo, and the Victorian Pig Fair to be able to immerse themselves within the pork industry and research communities.

Undergraduate industry scholarship and Ron Pollard Undergraduate Scholarship award

The undergraduate industry scholarships are targeted towards students conducting their undergraduate degrees. Students are funded to do a placement at a piggery for a minimum of 2 weeks (up to a maximum of 8 weeks) to gain a greater understanding of the pork industry and to gain hands on experience with the production system of the pork industry. The aim of the award is to recognise high calibre undergraduate students and foster their interest in pursuing a career in the pork industry. Scholarships are provided of up to AU$500 per week of piggery placement and a final report on the student’s experiences is submitted to APL.

Please note: All applications for an undergraduate industry scholarship must be received via PigConnect a minimum of six weeks prior to the placement beginning.

Undergraduate industry scholarship application guide

The Ron Pollard Undergraduate Scholarship award was established in 2009 by APL’s Research and Innovation Division, in memory of the late Ron Pollard. The award honours Ron’s commitment to mentoring young people in the pork industry. Ron was a respected NSW pork producer and former president of the Pork Council of Australia, and was instrumental in the restructure of a number of national industry associations which resulted in the formation of APL.

Recipients of the undergraduate industry scholarship are automatically eligible for the Ron Pollard Undergraduate Memorial Award which provides the recipient with a further once off $1,500, in addition to their undergraduate scholarship. The Ron Pollard Undergraduate Memorial Award recipient would have a high calibre academic record, an outstanding report on their performance during their industry placement from the producer, and a final report of high quality.

Undergraduate honours scholarship

APL supports undergraduate honours scholarships within an area of research aligned to the APL strategic plan. Undergraduate scholarships are only for one year with a maximum of $5,000 stipend and $5,000 operating costs. Students are encouraged to first talk to the relevant person at their university or institution who has research interests in the pork industry.

Post-graduate scholarship

APL supports post-graduate awards including Masters and PhD programs which are two and three years in duration, respectively. The awards facilitate research within research areas of importance to the Australian pork industry. Preference will be given to applicants who:

  • are looking to study within key areas of research that are linked to the Strategic Plan 2020-2025
  • are conducting research in an existing APL project
  • have a high calibre academic record with references
  • have some experience within the pork industry and/or some undergraduate experience in research

Students are encouraged to first talk to the relevant person at their university or institution who has research interests in the pork industry and, to apply for an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA). If successful in obtaining an APA, an APL supported student can then apply for an APL top-up scholarship so that the total scholarship is $28,000 p.a.

Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture

APL is proud to be an award sponsor of this event organised by the Department of Agriculture. The awards are a great opportunity to strongly enhance your network within the Australian pork industry and to further develop your science career.

Applications for the 2019 award is now open. For more details, click here. To find out more about the awards and past award recipients visit the Science and Innovation Awards page on the ABARES website.

Further Information

For further information on scholarship opportunities please contact Dr Rebecca Athorn at

APL Scholarship – application help sheet