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Clark Fletcher Memorial Citrus Bursary

New Zealand Citrus Growers Inc.

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Grant amount: Up to NZ $5,000

Anticipated deadline: The deadline for this grant has passed

Applicant type: Individuals

Funding uses: Scholarship, Research

Location of project: New Zealand

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world


Overview:

The Clark Fletcher Memorial Citrus Bursary is an award of up to $5,000 per annum that is granted to either a tertiary student who has a specific interest in the citrus industry, or an applicant who is involved in research that is likely to contribute to the New Zealand citrus industry. Applications are reviewed by the Executive Committee of New Zealand Citrus Growers Incorporated (NZCGI), with a strong preference given to projects that are aligned with NZCGI's research goals.

Origin

In 1977 the citrus and exotics fruit growing industry lost two forward-thinking gentlemen: Bruce Clark, General Manager of the Citrus Marketing Authority (which ceased operations in November 1980), and Bill Fletcher, a leading authority on citrus and exotics fruit culture with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. Both died while driving to the 1977 New Zealand Citrus and Subtropical Council Annual Conference.

These two men were deeply involved in developing the fruit sector, and in nurturing and guiding the industry through its formative years.  Today the memory of these pioneers lives on in the Clark Fletcher Memorial Citrus Bursary, an award that aims to promote the industry to which Bruce and Bill devoted so much time and effort.

The Clark Fletcher Memorial Citrus Bursary will:

  • Take the form of an education bursary available to any student studying at a New Zealand tertiary institution for a diploma, degree, or post-graduate qualification in applied science who has a specific interest in the citrus industry; or
  • Provide funds to assist any suitable applicant involved in a research project that is likely to make a contribution to the New Zealand citrus industry.

Projects of particular interest to the citrus industry include:

  • integrated pest management
  • fruit size
  • skin quality
  • sugar levels in fruit
  • crop nutrition and irrigation
  • post-harvest handling and disease control

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • Applicants can be:
    • students studying at a New Zealand tertiary institution for a diploma, degree, or post-graduate qualification in applied science who has a specific interest in the citrus industry; or
    • any suitable applicant involved in a research project that is likely to make a contribution to the New Zealand citrus industry.

Preferences:

  • Projects of particular interest to the citrus industry include:
    • integrated pest management,
    • fruit size,
    • skin quality,
    • sugar levels in fruit,
    • crop nutrition and irrigation,
    • post-harvest handling and disease control.