Postgraduate Scholarships

C. Alma Baker Postgraduate Scholarships are available to students enrolled or intending to enrol in masterate or doctoral programmes in the fields of agriculture, agriculture-related technologies or the study of rural society.

Depending on funding, up to six scholarships are normally available each year though the Trust reserves the right to make more awards, or no awards in any given year.

The award of scholarships will be based on academic achievement.

The value of scholarships, currently a maximum $13,000 a year for a masterate student and $20,000 a year for a doctoral student, will be reviewed from time to time. For masterate students, funding will be for one year (normally for a course including a significant research component); for doctoral students, awards may be for up to three years subject to satisfactory progress and the provision of regular reports.

In awarding scholarships, the Trust may take account of other awards held by the candidates.

Candidates must be New Zealand citizens, and graduates of a New Zealand university; awards are available for those intending to undertake postgraduate research either in New Zealand or overseas.

At their discretion, the Trustees may make other educational awards from time to time.

To Apply

  • Applications may be made online here
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Applications close on 1 February; late applications will not be accepted.

Recent Recipients of Postgraduate Scholarships

2019 Postgraduate Scholarships

Researcher Institution Degree Project Funded



Waikato University Masterate Soil Health: Assessment of soil health parameters under intensively cropped agrosystems, with particular focus on the impact of long-term maize production on a soil carbon and soil nitrogen stocks, using a paired site approach. $5,000



Lincoln Universtity PhD Idiopathic primary photosensitisation in lambs consuming forage brassica. $20,000


Emma Jane

Massey University PhD Should we select replacement ewes from hogget-born lambs? What are the long-term effects of this selection? $20,000



Massey University Masterate Forages for Fat – Quality and fat characteristics of meat from lambs finished on different summer forages. $20,000