Nuffield Scholarship applications open

By Rodney Woods

Now is the time for Australia’s proactive agriculturalists to consider a Nuffield Scholarship that will provide the opportunity to research important rural concepts, techniques and systems that will secure the industry's future in a post-COVID world.

With applications for the 2021 Nuffield Scholarship program now open, farmers wanting to make positive change in their own businesses, communities and the broader agriculture sector will have the chance to do just that.

Each scholarship is valued at $30 000, and with 20 on offer in 2021, the application period will run until Friday, September 11, with interviews taking place across September and October.

Nuffield Australia chief executive officer and 2013 scholar Jodie Redcliffe said although the impact of COVID-19 had led to differences in the 2021 scholarship program, it continued to present an unrivalled opportunity for emerging change-makers in the industry.

“For 70 years, Nuffield has remained committed to ensuring the delivery of high-quality and valuable scholarship programs that drive industry leadership, particularly through periods of adaptation and change,” Ms Redcliffe said.

“With the current changes in both domestic and international markets, tough seasonal conditions and continually shifting consumer demands, agriculture is more challenging than ever, and the future sustainability of our industry depends heavily on innovation and adaptation.

“A Nuffield Scholarship provides a platform to lead this wave of change, by giving inquiring young farmers a life-changing opportunity to take their ideas to the next level.”

Scholarship recipients undertake a global study program, researching their chosen topic across 14 weeks.

Scholars in 2021 will have a small reduction in the group travel component, shifting from six weeks to four.

“Access to Nuffield's extensive global network is what sets this program apart,” Ms Redcliffe said.

“It enables participants to learn firsthand how other farm businesses around the world are tackling issues and barriers within the sector.

“The program opens doors that expose them to divergent thinking which expands their big-picture understanding of topics.”

The scholarships are open to farmers, fishers and those in associated industries between the ages of 28 and 45.

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