Bruce Stowell Work Exchange Scholarship


Building strong relationships and sharing technical knowledge is critical to the success of the kiwifruit industry. The Bruce Stowell Work Exchange Scholarship was established to recognise the value of relationship building and knowledge sharing in the kiwifruit community around the world. It also honours the life and work of Bruce Stowell who was involved with the pioneering growers of the Hort16A variety in Italy and passed away in 2002. The Bruce Stowell Work Exchange Scholarship offers valuable career development and networking opportunities to anyone working in the kiwifruit industry whether on orchard or post-harvest.


How it works


The successful New Zealand applicant will spend approximately 2 weeks working in a similar role overseas. In exchange someone from an offshore kiwifruit industry will come to New Zealand to work.

This is a facilitated exchange. The scholarship provides: flights, some ground transfers and an induction process. Other expenses are covered by the applicants and/or their employers.


You need to consider


• What countries you would be interested in working in (France, Italy, Japan or Korea)

• What kind of work you would be interested in doing during the exchange (on orchard or post-harvest)

• What your goals would be

• When you would be able to travel

• What kind of accommodation and work you could offer your exchange partner


How to apply


Expressions of interest are being accepted for this fantastic global opportunity.​ It's easy to register your interest, simply fill out this form and someone from our team will be in touch!


Past Recipients

2016 recipient - Geraldine


Meet Geraldine. Geraldine is our 2016 Bruce Stowell Work Exchange Scholarship recipient. She works for Blue Whale, a postharvest provider in Montauban France and this year she spent six weeks working and sharing knowledge at Punchbowl in Pukekohe. Here she is on orchard with the Zespri OPC team. It was a pleasure to meet you Geraldine!


2015 recipient - Miguel


Cambridge kiwifruit grower Miguel Peterle spent five weeks traveling and working on orchards in France and Italy. ‘I loved every minute of it and if possible would do all over again! Today, I talk with Nicola on a regular basis; we exchange notes and discuss ideas,’ says Miguel.


Read more here.