Bashford-Nicholls Trust Scholarships

About This Project

BAF manages the scholarships provided by the Bashford-Nicholls Trust.  Our scholarships support agriculture and veterinary science study and research (see the detailed criteria of the Trust below).


Our exciting scholarship programme has scholarships available for tertiary (vocational or undergraduate) and post-graduate (Masters or PhD) students. For tertiary students awards range from $1,000 to $6,000 per year depending on subject and for post-graduate students from $13,000 to $20,000 per year depending on level of study. Applications open at the beginning of October and close mid-November each year.  Please apply through the Taranaki Scholarships portal linked below.


In partnership with Massey University we also offer a premier research award.  The Pivot: Enabling Innovation in Agriculture Research Award offers up to $100,000 per year towards high impact research in the fields of agriculture or veterinary science. Applications are open from July, closing at the end of September.  Please apply through the Taranaki Scholarships portal linked below.

Taranaki Scholarships Portal

Working in partnership with PKW and CommunityForce, an online scholarship portal has been developed to streamline access to Taranaki based scholarships.  Nga Ruahine, Taranaki Iwi and L A Alexander Trust have also joined the portal partnership. Scholarships for Bashford-Nicholls and the other partners to the portal are available for application by visiting


The Bashford-Nicholls Trust exists to grant monies by way of scholarship, bursary or grant for:

(a) The purpose of training or education in the fields of agriculture or veterinary science at an educational institution; and

(b) Research by New Zealand citizens resident in New Zealand, working in or directly connected to the fields of agriculture and veterinary science,

Such training, education or research must provide a career to the recipient or an economic, social or environmental improvement or benefit to the province of Taranaki.

2023-24 Awards

Our 2023-24 round awarded nearly 60 scholarships with a total funding contribution for the year of over $$260,000.

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