The New Zealand meat industry needs highly skilled young people who can become the future leaders in one of New Zealand’s largest industries. The MIA Scholarship scheme provides a pathway for undergraduate and graduate students into a career in the New Zealand meat industry.

The New Zealand meat industry is one of New Zealand’s largest industries, exporting $9 billion worth of product annually and employing more than 25,000 people. In the past three decades the industry has transformed itself, developing new products, adopting new technologies and automating production, and selling to new overseas markets. The industry needs highly skilled people – not just in food sciences and engineering, but in environmental science, international marketing, process design, industrial innovation – in fact, most subjects will be considered, as long as the person is adaptable, intelligent and hard working.

Scholars will receive financial support and be provided with a mentoring programme during their tenure. At the completion of their programme of study scholars will have the possibility of a career in the meat processing industry.

We offer a number of undergraduate and post-graduate scholarships every year, with an award of $5000 a year for each year of study for undergraduates, and $10,000 a year for each year of study for post graduates. 

Prospective Scholars should note that an industry-based project or part-time/vacation work in the meat industry is a requirement of the programme.

Those interested in the Meat Industry Scholarships, should download the scholarship regulations and application form, or contact Kaylene Larking - Partnership Manager.

The awards process runs between October and January each year, with new applications accepted between the beginning of October and 20 November each year.

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Current MIA Scholars

Follow this link to read about current MIA scholars