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Nuffield Australia set to welcome new scholars

Nuffield Australia set to welcome new scholars

While success in recent years has seen farming scholarships organisation Nuffield Australia undergo rapid expansion, the core of the program remains the same – give scholars a life changing experience.

For up to 25 Australian primary producers, 2015 could be that life-changing year.

Applications for the 2015 Nuffield Australia scholarship program open today, 1st April, and run through to the 30th June 2014, for travel in 2015.

The prestigious scholarship program is run in two distinct phases – firstly the Global Focus Program (GFP) takes participants on a whirlwind six-week tour of the powerhouses of world agriculture.

Scholars travel on the GFP with their fellow Nuffield colleagues on an itinerary set by the organisation – the success of Nuffield in recent years is such that the number of GFP’s run annually has doubled to four.

While traditionally the GFP programs have travelled to destinations such as Europe, north America, New Zealand and Brazil, in recent years the program has expanded to include destinations such as China, South Africa, Kenya, India, Qatar and the Philippines.

As 2013 scholar Carly Buttrose, from South Australia, explains, the travel is eye opening.

“I met some of the best farmers and researchers in the world and an experience that money cannot buy. I gained valuable knowledge about global agriculture and the sheep industry and made wonderful friends all over the world,” she says.

Scholars then travel for a further 10 weeks by themselves, to drill down into a research topic of interest to them and of value to industry.

The value Nuffield scholars return to industry is evident in the range of topics recently covered, including; export opportunities for vegetables, farm machinery manufacturing, harvest residue management, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, hydroponic berry production and supply chain management.

While the technical knowledge gained by scholars is significant, the networking opportunities within Nuffield globally are great, with member countries including the UK, Ireland, France, Zimbabwe, Canada, New Zealand and new member country the Netherlands.

Applications opened on the 1st April and close on 30th June 2014, for travel in 2015.

There will be up to 25 scholarships offered by Nuffield Australia, sponsored by a range of Australia’s leading primary sector organisations – for more information and selection guidelines please visit www.nuffield.com.au or email enquiries@nuffield.com.au

For any media information or interview requests, please contact David Cussons at CussonsMedia. email: media@nuffield.com.au  mobile: 0404 853 827

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