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Applying for a Nuffield Australia Farming Scholarship

Nuffield awards primary producers with a life changing opportunity to travel overseas and study a topic related to primary production.

Nuffield has been selecting primary producers for over 60 years and it is the leading program for primary producers in Australia, awarding 20-25 scholarships annually.

There are over 350 scholars in Australia, who, through their scholarship, have had a world experience into global agriculture to enhance their knowledge and skills.

We have funding available to support scholars overseas travel and study. So if you are in primary production as your main occupation, please take the opportunity to explore this section of the website and apply to become a scholar.

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Application process

The process for being awarded a 2017 Scholarship includes an application and interview process in 2016. For example, applications are required by 30, June 2016, interviews are held in July and August 2016, Scholarships are awarded in September 2016 and the Scholarship travel commences in 2017.

Please note – the application phase for scholarships is 1st April to 30th June annually.

The Nuffield Farming Scholarship program for 2017

The Nuffield Australia National Conference is a chance to meet other Scholars and be briefed on the overall Scholarship program.

There is a unique opportunity to meet Nuffield Scholars from Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Brazil, The Netherlands and France, as well as participants from other invited countries at the annual Nuffield Contemporary Scholars Conference (CSC) in March annually.

The Global Focus Programs (GFP) offer a six/seven-week itinerary spent in various countries including New Zealand, UK, USA, China, Brazil, South Africa, Kenya, The Netherlands, Ireland, France, India, Qatar, Mexico, Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, Israel, Hong Kong, Canada, Turkey, Germany, Belgium, Poland, Czech Republic, Chile, East Africa and the Philippines, investigating agricultural marketing, trade and environmental issues, and experiencing the social and cultural aspects of each region.

An individual study program enables the Scholar to travel to countries of choice.

Scholars will submit a written report on the individual study program after completing their tour.

Scholars will make a verbal presentation about the individual study program.

There is financial assistance to the value of $30,000 (subject to conditions) to cover costs associated with the pre-tour briefing, overseas study and living expenses during the study period. Costs exceeding the value of assistance must be met by Scholars.

There is assistance through the Nuffield network to develop itineraries for individual study programs and gain access to institutions and people linked to the area of study.


The benefits of winning a Scholarship

The opportunity to research a topic that the Scholar believes will add value to the Australian agricultural industry.

Become a member of Nuffield Australia to promote agriculture and agriculturally related issues.

Become a member of a worldwide network of more than 1,400 Nuffield Farming Scholars, who have enjoyed the unique Nuffield experience.


The rewards of Nuffield

Nuffield Scholars both in Australia and around the world have achieved distinction in many fields over the years. Positive proof of both the calibre of the Scholars selected, and the effect and value of the Scholarships are such that a high percentage of Scholars have gone on to an extraordinary range of senior positions.

Former Scholars, in other countries as well as Australia, have become Federal and State Ministers and Politicians, Chairmen and members of national and regional commodity boards. Many Scholars have made a significant impact at a regional and local level, both in community affairs and in farm management techniques. Others have made spectacular careers as advisers and managers both in their own countries and in a number of cases as consultants in developing countries.

In every case, Nuffield Farming Scholars attribute a proportion of the responsibility for their later career success to the Scholarship and the continuing friendship and associations that follow.

The learning process continues for life, being reinforced by annual State tours, the Nuffield National Tour and an International Conference every third year. All Scholars are encouraged to remain engaged with the organisation in the future.


Life as a Nuffield Scholar

As a Nuffield Scholar you will become part of a select group of innovative, free thinking people. After your study tour you are expected to produce a written report and communicate your new knowledge and experience to others in the industry in which you work.

Your association with the Nuffield program won’t end just because you have finished your Scholarship. The program offers on-going communication with other Scholars, seminars, and an international triennial conference.

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