Rural Youth Bursary


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.


Download a copy of the 2021 Rural Youth Bursary application form. 

Download the application form in Word format.

Applications now closing 9am Monday, September 27th. 

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.


2021 winner: Congratulations Emily Buddle

2021 Spirit of Excellence In Agriculture Awards

2021 Rural Youth Bursary Recipient: Emily Buddle with the Hon. David Basham

Past winners

2020 Matthew Maunder

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