Global insights, home and away: apply now for a 2022 Nuffield Scholarship

Applications are open until 6 August for next year’s Nuffield Scholarships.

The scholarship gives recipients unprecedented opportunities to broaden their perspective on a chosen food-production-related topic. This knowledge, translated into action ‘back home’, helps keep our food-production industry globally competitive.

This year, 20 scholarships are being offered to Australia-based agripreneurs engaged in farming, fishing or associated sectors and aged between 28 and 45. No tertiary educational qualifications are required.

Each Nuffield scholarship comes with a $30,000 travel bursary to undertake 14 weeks’ overseas travel over a period 18 months – as well as access to an extensive, immensely valuable international network of past and present Nuffield Scholars and industry experts.

This year’s program has been tailored to allow recipients flexibility ‘to navigate global uncertainty and make the most of being part of the world’s most influential agricultural network’, says Nuffield Australia CEO and 2013 Nuffield Scholar Jodie Redcliffe.

“We’re offering greater access to online learning than ever before, including virtual connections to the global alumni network – 485-strong in Australia and 1,850 worldwide – as well as other agribusiness leaders,” she said in a Nuffield Australia news piece in late May. “If COVID-19 travel restrictions continue we will reschedule or roll over to extended timelines for the travel component.”

Redcliffe told the organisation that being able to view leading enterprises and gain insights from experts across the world, ‘bringing home’ the latest best practices, ideas and resources, helps Australia’s food producers understand and thus better navigate a volatile global marketplace and changing opportunities.

“Building capacity in agriculture, horticulture and fishing is more important as ever, as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and trade tensions,” Redcliffe said. “There has never been a better time to research … how agricultural sectors can adapt to complex food supply chains, trade restrictions and changing consumer behaviour going forward.”

WA farmer Robert Bell, a 2021 scholar, says the access Nuffield affords to its vast and obligingly useful global network, plus ‘eye-opening’ (and conveniently scheduled) virtual tours of farms and other agribusinesses, have taught him a huge amount. And he’s yet to undertake the travel component.

“Nuffield has a level of access that no other scholarship program has. It has a huge global network of like-minded farmers and agribusiness operators who have welcomed us into their businesses and been happy to answer our questions,” Bell said in late May.

Download the 2022 scholarship application brochure to find out more.

How to apply

Applications for 2022 Nuffield Farming Scholarships are open until 6 August 2021. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed during September and October. Successful recipients of the 2022 Nuffield Scholarships will be awarded at the Nuffield Australia National Conference in Tamworth NSW on 11 October 2021.

Nuffield recommends that prospective applicants review the following pages prior to applying:

Once you have reviewed these pages, click here to download the application form.

Source: Bringing global insights home and How To Apply guidelines I Nuffield Australia