Undergraduate scholarship (Degree)

Beef + Lamb New Zealand offers a range of undergraduate scholarships for qualifications leading to careers in the sheep and beef industry.

These scholarships support our work to develop well qualified people who will drive the sector forward with innovation and top class management skills.

About the scholarship

Our undergraduate scholarships are intended to help students study towards a bachelors degree, and an honours year. The experience will give them the knowledge and skills they need to support a thriving sheep and beef industry in New Zealand.

Programmes of study

The scholarship can be used towards study at Massey, Lincoln and Waikato Universities, in agriculture, science (including food technology), business and social science disciplines that lead to careers in the livestock, meat and related agribusiness sectors. We may consider other degrees for scholarships if applicants can make a convincing case.


Scholarships are for up to four years and pay the full annual tuition fees, up to $5,000 a year. We provide the same level of support for an honours year.


Scholarships are intended for students with a good academic record, good interpersonal skills and a passion for the agricultural sector. They are available for people coming straight from school, from current employment, or part-way through a relevant degree qualification.

You will need NCEA Level 3 or better, or B Bursary or better, while those part-way through a degree should have received either NCEA Level 3 or better, or a B+ average or better. All applicants must be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.

Selection process

B+LNZ reviews all applications. We will call shortlisted applicants to discuss their application and how they meet the scholarship criteria. It is very important for applicants to provide a phone number we can call during business hours. Scholarships will be awarded on the recommendation of a scholarships selection committee made up of representatives from Beef + Lamb New Zealand and New Zealand universities.

A number of criteria guide selection decisions:

  • Academic merit
  • Evidence of planned activity to support the New Zealand livestock, meat and related agribusiness sectors
  • Evidence of potential leadership skills and/or service to the community or sporting activities etc
  • Agreement to attend a one or two-day seminar to improve understanding of the industry
  • Agreement to help develop and promote the industry by taking part in up to two local events, such as school promotional visits or career days
  • For renewal of existing scholarships, academic performance of a B+ average in the previous year along with a continued commitment to pursue a career in the industry

How to apply

Applications for the next round of scholarships open in November this year and close 7 February, 2016

B+LNZ undergraduate scholarship application form (PDF, 47KB)


Applicants must be registered in a full-time course at a New Zealand university in the year of the award, and have satisfactorily completed course work in each preceding year. Scholarship holders who don’t complete a full programme of study must refund the scholarship unless there are extenuating circumstances.

For further information contact:

Doug Macredie
Sector Capability Project Manager
Beef + Lamb New Zealand
PO Box 121 

Phone: 027 687 5650
Email: doug.macredie@beeflambnz.com