2022 Nuffield Farming Scholarship applications to open on January 13

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Written by William Kellett

Applications for 2022 Nuffield Farming Scholarships will open on Wednesday January 13, 2021 on the trust’s website, and remain open until the July 31 deadline.

For those interested in learning more about the scholarship and the application process, an informal, non-obligatory introductory session will be held at 6:30pm on January 13.

The event will be hosted by Nuffield alumni officer Charlotte Merson and 2019 scholar Sarah Pick.

Applications are open to those working across the farming, food, horticulture, rural or associated industries.

With around 20 scholarships awarded each year, successful applicants are provided a substantial bursary to fund travel to study their chosen topic.

Additional funding is also available for scholars to attend the Contemporary Scholars Conference, training sessions and other events.

What is the Nuffield Farming Scholarship?


A Nuffield Farming Scholarship is considered an investment in the personal development and knowledge of the scholar, as well as that of their respective industry.

By sharing their findings and experiences, scholars bring fresh insight and ideas that inspire change and drive the industry forward.

Mike Vacher, director of the Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust, explained the important role that Nuffield scholars play, especially during times of change.

“Nuffield Farming Scholarships provide a unique opportunity within the food and farming industry.

Not only do scholars undertake an in-depth, global study about a chosen topic, but they are also in a unique position of influence to share these findings with the wider agricultural community and show the way forward.
“This opportunity provides the foundation for scholars to both succeed in their own business as well as impact the wider industry.

“Nuffield Farming fosters the careful development of future leaders, who will be vital as the industry explores opportunities and meets the challenges that exist outside of the EU.”

“In light of the uncertainty surrounding travel and other restrictions, the Trust will continue to support scholars to ensure they are able to make the most of this opportunity and produce the high-quality work that has come to be expected of this experience,” he said.

Scholarship eligibility requirements:

  • Applicants must work within the farming, food, horticulture, rural and associated industries or are in a position to influence these industries;
  • Applicants must be aged between 22 and 45 years (the upper age limit is 45 on July 31 in the year of application);
  • There is no requirement for academic qualifications;
  • Applicants should be well-established in their career, demonstrate a passion for the industry they work in and be three years post-tertiary education;
  • Candidates must be resident in the UK and hold a UK passport or be working directly for UK agriculture;
  • The trust seeks people with very special qualities;
  • Scholarships are not awarded to anyone in full-time education or to further research projects.

When applying for a Nuffield Farming Scholarship, applicants are encouraged to begin the process well ahead of the July 31 deadline.

The Nuffield Farming Office is able to connect applicants with existing Nuffield scholars who can provide support and advice about the application process.

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