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Women are currently highly under-represented in strategic and decision-making roles in the Australian agricultural workforce in a time where innovation and inclusion is needed more than ever. FMC is committed to encouraging and providing more solutions for women to participate and thrive, driving innovation along the way.   Following the success of our program launch in 2021 we are thrilled to announce FMC’s Lead Program is back in 2022.


FMC LEAD Scholarship Program 2022


Eligibility: If you are an aspiring female leader in the agriculture industry, located in Australia or New Zealand, and you are aged between 18-35, FMC is providing you with the opportunity to share your ideas, become a member of FMC’s industry-wide networking group connecting you with other applicants and like-minded females in the industry, and be in with the chance to be one of two selected recipients of the FMC LEAD Program.

The program will provide a unique and adaptive opportunity to network, learn, and share your practical and compelling ideas broadly, equipping emerging leaders with the skills to LEAD with confidence and impact.


Application dates: Applications open Tuesday, 1 February 2022 and close at midnight on Monday, 14 March 2022.


Program offering: If you are one of the two selected (individual) recipients (chosen by select members of FMC’s National AgDay event in 2020 & 2021), you will:

  • Receive a fully subsidised place on one of several renowned short courses from one of the following respected high-level educational institutions; Australian Graduate School of Management, Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology or Harvard (online). You will have the choice of one of the following focus areas:
    • Leadership/Management
    • Sustainability
    • Innovation
    • Alternatively, FMC will subsidise attendance at any other relevant leadership opportunity of interest (subject to agreement) up to the value of $3,500.

Note* Dates of the courses vary depending on the provider and COVID status and some may not commence until late 2022.

  • Join FMC at the NFF National Conference & Gala Dinner in Canberra, April 5-6, 2022, and network with a diverse audience
  • Present your LEAD program submission ideas at FMC’s National Ag Day Lunch in Sydney in November 2022
  • Engage and connect with diverse members of the FMC team and industry partners designed specifically for your background, for learning and local field trips
  • All travel and accommodation to Canberra and Sydney will be covered by FMC
  • Total value of the FMC LEAD program approximately $12,000.


Application process:  You will be required to pick one of the following topics and write a compelling 750-1000 word essay, showcasing your creativity, authenticity, and leadership attributes. In addition, you will be required to submit a short 2-minute video introducing yourself and your chosen topic.


1.   Building a pipeline of talent in Ag: Given competition for talent and recent COVID related challenges to enable the global flow of talent, what are your ideas for the Australian agriculture industry to generate a talent pipeline and retain this talent in the industry?


2.   Sustainability: Australia’s net zero emissions target is a huge opportunity for the agriculture sector.  What is your advice to “get this right” and what examples highlight the leadership potential that Australian Agriculture has to play in this space?


3.   Innovation:  The $100B goal by 2030 for Australian agriculture will not come from simply doing more of the same.   What is your unique idea to enhance our effectiveness and profitability across the value chain?  This could be through….

enabling the adoption of technology,

or creating new business models,

or implementing ground-breaking policy. 

What barriers do we need to break down to continue to ensure Australia’s strong position as a global ag leader?


Submissions: Applications should be submitted to leadprogram@fmc.com before the Monday, 14 March 2022 closing date. Applications should include…

  • 750-1000 word essay focusing on one of the above topics; Sustainability or Innovation
  • 2-minute introductory video
  • Application form


Judging Criteria:

  • Be Creative (30%) – present a fresh point of view or perspective on the topic and display your ability to think outside the box
  • Be Authentic (30%) – we are looking for applicants with a genuine passion for agriculture and your chosen topic
  • Be Practical (20%) – ideas presented in essays need to be realistic and feasible for real world application
  • Demonstrate Leadership attributes (20%) – we are looking for entries that leadership attributes such as: innovative, inspire others, shares a vision


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