AgriEducate Essay Competition

After a successful inaugural year, we’re very excited to announce that the AgriEducate Essay Competition is back! Catch up on last year’s winners here.

Agriculture is truly a global industry. In Australia, did you know that there are over 1.6 million people involved in the Australian industry alone? And how about its impact. Norman Borlaug said “you can’t build peace on an empty stomach”, emphasising importance of an industry that feeds us three times a day. So did you know that Australians directly feed around 75 million people, and with our shared knowledge almost 400 million?

And through our essay competition, you could be part of this industry that overtook mining as the largest contributor to GDP growth in 2016-17 financial year, no matter what your training. You could also take home a $700 share of the $4000 in cash prizes, and connections with leading business and research organisations simply by submitting an essay for the annual AgriEducate Essay Competition.

Entry Guidelines

If you are a tertiary student (18 and over) completing an undergraduate or postgraduate course at an Australian university in the following categories:

  • Science (e.g. agriculture, medicine, life sciences, nutrition)
  • Engineering/IT/Maths
  • Law/Arts/Social Sciences/Extension
  • Economics/Commerce/Business

Or even if you’re from anywhere around the world, have graduated and/or just have a passion for food security and agriculture we now have a category open to you!

  • Global/Open (open to anyone around the globe)

Select your category, then simply write 1500 words on the question below and submit it by email ( into the relevant category for your degree (contact us if you’re unsure) or into the Open category . Please use the supplied essay competition template and make sure you carefully read our Terms and Conditions for more information.

The Question

Now for the fun part. The question:

  1. Discuss the current and future opportunities to apply theories and skills from your academic discipline to the practice of agriculture. How could greater involvement from your chosen academic discipline in agriculture enhance productivity and sustainability within Australian agriculture and help global food security?


For each of the four degree-specific categories there will be first, second and third prize of:

  1. First – $700
  2. Second – $200
  3. Third – $100

The winner of the Global/Open category will receive online recognition of award and opportunities to develop networks and mentors in Australia. Each first prize winner will also have the opportunity to connect with the sponsor organisation judging the essay following the conclusion and awarding of prizes.

Key Dates

Entries close 11:59pm (AEST) on the 31st October 2019, no late entries will be accepted. Winners will be announced on the 21st November 2019, on National Agriculture Day.


For application into the prized categories, entrants must be studying an undergraduate or postgraduate course either full or part time at a recognised Australian university as of the closing date for applications, 15th October 2019. For full Terms and Conditions, please read here. All applications, awards and timelines are subject to change without notice at the discretion of AgriEducate.


Science Category Sponsor

Law Category Sponsor

Technology/Engineering Category Sponsor