There are many different scholarships and awards available for people planning to study forestry or related topics.

Some of these are very broad, while others relate only to certain courses, or to people from a particular region. 

Some awards are for academic study; others are to assist people doing practical training. 



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A quick search under 'Forestry' generates over thirty examples of scholarships for starters. 

Don't forget to look at sectors related to forestry such as science, environment, primary industries, engineering, transport, and health and safety. 


If you are thinking about practical training, ask your local training provider whether any awards are available.

Many training courses are now 'fees free'; many also provide free or subsidised personal protection equipment (PPE) and other assistance such as free transport to training centres.


Three of the main forestry scholarship providers for degree/post-graduate study are MPI/Te Uru Rakau, the WIDE Trust, and the NZ Institute of Forestry Foundation. 

1. MPI/Te Uru Rakau Scholarships

MPI is offering scholarships for Māori and/or female students enrolling in a Bachelor of Forestry Science or Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Forest Engineering.
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is offering 6 Forestry Scholarships in 2019 to

The scholarships are open to eligible students enrolled in either a:

Scholarship value

Each scholarship recipient gets:

Applications for 2020 are now closed: 2021 applications open in mid 2020. 

Full details and application procedure 


2. The WIDE Trust Scholarships

The WIDE Trust was set up in 2018, and has a range of awards and scholarships on offer, including for tertiary, post-graduate and vocational studies.

Full details and application procedure

3. NZ Institute of Forestry Foundation Scholarships

These are offered yearly. Details for 2020 (applications close 18 May are as follows):

Applications are invited for the awards and scholarships offered by the NZIF Foundation for 2020.  The total value of awards offered is $29,500.

The awards open for application are:

Applications are now open.  Further details on the Foundation web page (link on lower right hand side of page).

Applications must be received by emailing the Foundation administrator no later than 5pm on Monday 18th May 2020.  The awards will be announced at the Awards Dinner of the joint conference of the NZ Institute of Forestry planned for Masterton 28th to 30th June 2020.

Enquires by emailing the Foundation chair or phone +64 274 733 262

Please pass on this notice to your networks and to anyone you think may be eligible to apply. 

Membership of NZIF is not a requirement for application.


Some  forestry companies liaise directly with tertiary education and training providers to offer financial assistance to students; also a number of forestry companies collaborate with their contractors to encourage and fund training for forestry crew members.

The best advice we can give is to never be afraid to ask your employer or training provider if any awards are available. 


MPI also offers postgraduate science scholarships every 2 years for Masters and PhD students – post-grads working in forestry-related fields have been among those awarded these scholarships in the past. For the year beginning 2020 there were six scholarships on offer. 

Applications generally open mid-year for the following year.

The scholarship aims to build capability in the primary industries, particularly where there are current skills and science gaps. Proposed research must be relevant and meet a need for the primary industries.

Full details and application procedure 


Eastland Wood Council

The Eastland Wood Council has two scholarships of $1500 each year for:

Find out more and download an application form.

Southern Wood Council

The Southern Wood Council Forest Products Scholarship is for a student from the Otago/Southland region who is enrolled in the Bachelor of Forestry Science or Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Forestry) degrees at the University of Canterbury or a Wood Processing related degree.

The scholarship has been set up by the forest products industry in the lower South Island to encourage and support an outstanding student each year for their final three professional years of study (Years 2 – 4).

The Scholarship is worth $1500 including GST per annum for the three final years of professional study (total scholarship value of $4,500 including GST). In addition, if a Bachelor of Forestry Science or Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) student is required to complete a thesis or research project as part of their study, the Council will work with the student to try and find a suitable project from within the region. There may also be opportunities for summer vacation work with one of the Southern Wood Council member companies.

For more information on the SWC Scholarships visit the Southern Wood Council website or email Brent Apthorp.

Northland Wood Council – Northpine Scholarship

Northland Wood Council has announced a new forestry scholarship in the form of a $2,000 cash grant sponsored by Northpine Ltd. It will be awarded each calendar year, starting in 2020.

The scholarship is either for:

Applications for 2020 are closed – look out for a call for 2021 applications late in 2020.

Click here to download the application form, which includes more information on the scholarship and the application criteria. 



The Log Transport Safety Council (LTSC) Executive has announced that the LTSC will sponsor 10 Training scholarships for current financial members or their employees.

Download the information sheet about the scholarships here.

Email applications to:

Bruce Nairn
Log Transport Safety Council
0274 943695


Applications are invited for the awards and scholarships offered by the NZIF Foundation. The total value of awards offered is $39,500.

The awards open for application are:

Applications are now open.  Further details on the Foundation web page available through, (link on lower right hand side of page).

Applications must be received by the Foundation administrator ( The 2019 awards were announced at the Awards Dinner of the joint conference of the NZ Institute of Forestry and Institute of Foresters of Australia being held in Christchurch from 25th to 28th August 2019.  For details of the conference see

Enquires to the Foundation chair or phone +64 274 733 262

Membership of NZIF is not a requirement for application.


Applications for Ngā Karahipi Uru Rākau – Forestry Scholarships are now open as of 1 June 2020, for study beginning in the 2021 academic year.

Eight scholarships are available encouraging Māori and women to study the following degrees at University of Canterbury:

 These scholarships allow Māori and women to study and start careers in the forestry sector, making New Zealand’s forestry workforce more diverse.

Additional information about the scholarships can be found on the Te Uru Rākau website or read more in the attached flyer


Each year Rayonier offers scholarships for students enrolled in either a Bachelor of Forestry Science, or Forest Engineering degree.

Our scholarship provides financial support of up to $5,000 as well as student vacation work over the summer vacation period.

Scholarship eligibility

All second and third year students enrolled in either a Bachelor of Forestry Science or Bachelor of Forest Engineering.

Scholarship value

Each scholarship recipient gets:

For full details of the application process, please contact: or check out the Rayonier website.



The 2020 programme will provide up to 60 scholarships with a total value of up to $68,000. There are eight scholarship categories:

 To find out more, visit the MITO website.


The Government’s Apprenticeship Support Programme was announced 18th June. This programme will fund four initiatives to help employers to retain and bring on new apprentices.  

  1. The Apprentice Boost Initiative is a $380.6 million broad-based wage subsidy to for employers to help you keep existing apprentices and employ new ones. It will be available to employers in all industries who have formal apprenticeship schemes for at least 20 months. Amounts will vary depending how far through an apprentice is in their training but if you have apprentices in a recognised New Zealand scheme you will get up to $12,000 per first year apprentice and $6,000 per second year apprentice. This initiative will be delivered by the Ministry for Social Development and will be available from August 2020. Further details will be available soon on how to apply for the subsidy.
  2. Funding for the existing Mana in Mahi programme, which helps employers provide on-the-job support for employees, is being expanded by $30.3 million in new funding. This will enable the programme to provide 24 months of support per participant (up from the current 12 months), and to provide an increased wage subsidy amount of up to $16,000 per first year participant, and up to $8,000 per second year participant. Additional pastoral care and other support will also be provided on top of this wage subsidy amount. The programme is delivered by Work and Income and if you think you have an opportunity to support someone, visit Manu in Mahi.
  3. The seven existing Group Training Schemes will be supported by a $19 million fund to ensure they remain viable following the Covid-19 lockdown. This will enable the schemes to continue to employ apprentices and trainees and provide related services to host businesses, where those businesses (mainly construction-related) are unable to support their apprentices. This scheme is delivered by the Tertiary Education Commission.
  4. The Regional Apprenticeships Initiative is a new regional apprenticeship scheme which will invest in new apprenticeships in regional New Zealand and particularly support displaced workers and Maori and Pacific peoples into jobs. More details on this will be released shortly.

As an employer you will be able to access support from one of the above support programmes (except the Group Training Schemes fund which is not available for individual employers) and this will depend on the type of apprentice or pre-apprentice trainee you employ. If you have laid off an apprentice, you can rehire that apprentice and then receive support from Apprentice Boost.

All employers who have an apprentice will be able to receive a base subsidy rate up to $12,000 per annum for first year apprentices and $6,000 per annum for second year apprentices through the Apprentice Boost Initiative. Mana in Mahi and some Regional Apprenticeships participants will get a higher subsidy to reflect the different level of need of individual apprentices (or pre-apprentice trainees) involved.

 For more information you can visit Work and Income.