Agricultural scholarship now open for applications

Pictured is Limerick Macra’s Stephen O’Keeffe, 2017 scholarship recipient on Kintore Farm, New Zealand with his co-workers. Ten different nationalities work on the Kintore farm. (Picture: Nick Hoogeveen)

The Stephen Cullinan Scholarship, organised by Macra na Feirme and New Zealand Dairy Careers and kindly sponsored by the Agricultural Trust and the Irish Farmers Journal, is now open for applications for 2019.

Every year recipients of the scholarship travel to New Zealand and work for six months on a dairy farm where they experience alternative methods of dairy farming.

This year’s scholarship winners will receive a return travel ticket to New Zealand and a paid six-month work placement on a progressive dairy farm which will commence toward the end of June. All travel tickets are valid for 12 months.

Applicants must be a current member of Macra na Feirme, be aged between 18 and 30 years on 1 January 2019 and committed to pursuing a career in the dairy industry. Applicants will be required to present for interview.


Speaking about the scholarship Macra na Feirme National President James Healy said, “The Stephen Cullinan Scholarship offers young dairy farmers a unique opportunity to learn about dairy farming abroad. Every year our young farmers return with life-long memories and a dairy farming experience that is second to none.

“I would like to thank the Irish Farmers Journal for their continued sponsorship of this very important scheme and New Zealand Dairy Careers for their ongoing support. It’s a phenomenal way to learn about different methods of dairy farming.”


Completed application forms and C.V.s should be forwarded to Jennifer Keegan, Macra na Feirme, Irish Farm Centre, Bluebell, Dublin 12 or to on or before Monday, 16th April 2019. Interviews will take place the week following the application deadline.

Application forms are available from