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Rural Youth Bursary

Sponsored by Primary Industries & Regions SA

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To provide young people (18-30) working in rural areas within South Australia the opportunity to pursue further study, undertake a study tour or to develop a special project, which will ultimately benefit the rural community.

The Rural Youth Bursary (The Bursary) is open to applicants employed in any rural capacity and not restricted to primary production.


The Bursary is made possible by funding from Primary Industries and Regions SA and offers a $5000 grant to the successful recipient.  PIRSA is committed to growing primary industries and driving regional development.


The Bursary is open to all young South Australians (18-30) working in rural areas who wish to pursue further study, undertake a study tour or to develop a special project, in their chosen career.  Applicants must submit their own applications.


Selection will be based upon the applicant’s abilities, achievements and motivation to succeed in their chosen career.

The recipient will need to demonstrate competency in their study, career and interpersonal skills and will be expected to work within his/her chosen career while holding The Bursary.  They will also need to demonstrate how this will benefit their rural community.

A written application by the applicant must be submitted prior to the deadline.

Finalists will then be selected and interviewed by the selection panel.


Click here to download a 2020 Rural Youth Bursary application form

Click here for the application form in Word format.

Applications close 5pm, Wednesday 30th September, 2020.

To submit written applications or for more information please contact:

Ag Bureau Administrator 
555 The Parade, Magill SA 5072
(08) 8249 7581

We thank Primary Industries and Regions SA for their ongoing support of the Agricultural Bureau of SA's Spirit of Excellence in Agriculture Awards night and the Rural Youth Bursary.

2019 winner:
Congratulations Grace Sampson

2019 Rural Youth Bursary winner Grace Sampson

Left to right:  Grace Sampson and hon Tim Whetstone, Minister for Primary Industries and Regions

Past winners

2019 Grace Sampson

2018  Luke Ramsay

2017  Kayla Starkey

2016  Matthew Howell

2015  Rachel Chirgwin

2014  Alexandra Thomas

2013  Chloe Shaw

2012  Alex Milner-Smyth

2011  Penny Schulz

2010  Chris Stacey

2009  Abbey McKenna

Agricultural Bureau of South Australia

C/- Rural Business Support
555 The Parade
Magill SA 5072


T: +61 8 8249 7581
F: +61 8 8364 2574

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