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To be awarded a 2023 scholarship, an application and interview process is held in 2022 and the scholarship commences in 2023.

A generous bursary will contribute towards cost of completing the scholarship.

To be eligible, you must be:

  • An individual who makes a living from agriculture, either as a primary producer or working in the industry.
  • Typically between 25 and 45 years of age, but exceptional candidates outside that age range will be considered.
  • Seeking to develop capacity and experience through travel and exploration.
  • Living and working in countries where Nuffield International scholarships are available: Argentina, Chile, Germany, Japan, Kenya, USA, Poland and Zimbabwe. 

Application period dates:

  • 25 July 2022: Applications open 
  • 21 October 2022: Applications close 
  • 2-14 November 2022: Scholarship interviews, either face-to-face or video link 
  • 28 November 2022: 2023 Scholars announced

All Scholars will begin their scholarship in 2023. 

Compulsory dates are:

  • 10-18 March 2023: Contemporary Scholars Conference, in Canada
  • ​​​Between March 2023 and July 2024: Global Focus Program (GFP) tours of 4 weeks duration
  • March 2023 - February 2024: Individual research component of 8 weeks
  • June 2024: Final written report submitted

Scholarship overview

Successful candidates are required to:

  • Speak fluent English.
  • Review and sign a contract outlining the obligations of both parties.
  • Participate in pre-travel activities with scholars/management (webinars/virtual meetings).
  • Identify an industry mentor and commit to submitting quarterly reports sharing insight on progress, activities, and travel throughout the scholarship. 
  • Attend the 2023 Nuffield International Contemporary Scholars Conference (CSC).
  • Participate in a 4-week 2023/24 Global Focus Program (GFP) travel experience.
  • Complete a minimum of 8-weeks of self-organised travel focusing on the personal research topic. Up to two weeks can include research in your home country, subject to approval of a proposed itinerary. A spouse/partner is able to travel with you at their own cost.
  • Submit a 10,000-word culminating report in 2023, outlining your study topic, travels, research, and findings. 
  • Present your scholarship outcomes and report findings at a key industry meeting in your home country.

Available Scholarships

Scholarships should focus on sustainable solutions for the future of agriculture in areas such as:

  • regenerative agriculture, carbon sequestration, carbon neutrality, soil health
  • technology and data driven innovations: including biotechnology, biologicals and digital tools
  • risk mitigation: including climate risk, yield sustainability and input reduction
  • natural capital identification, measuration and valuation
  • public policy in agriculture
  • diversity and inclusion in agriculture
  • impacts of institutional investment in agriculture

1. TIAA-CREF Global Agriculture Scholarship: Open to farmers and agribusiness professionals from USA, Chile and Eastern Europe. 

2. Bayer Scholarship: Open to farmers and agribusiness professionals from the USA and Kenya. Women and small-scale farmers are strongly encouraged to apply.

3. PSP Investments Scholarship: Open to farmers and agribusiness professionals from USA and LATAM

4.  USA MidAtlantic Region Scholarship:  Open to farmers and agricultural professionals between 25 and 40 years old who are U.S. citizens and reside in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, the Virginia counties of Morgan, Berkeley, Jefferson, Frederick, Clarke, Warren, Shenandoah, and Page; and the West Virginia counties of Hancock, Brooke, Ohio and Marshall are also welcome.  Investor sponsors include Horizon Farm Credit, Mountaire Farms, the Delaware Department of Agriculture, and Kee's Creek Farm.

5.  USA North Carolina-based Scholarship:  Open to farmers and agricultural professionals between 25 and 40 years old who reside in the State of North Carolina and are U.S. citizens.  Investor sponsors include Ag Carolina Farm Credit, North Carolina Sweet Potato Association, North Carolina State University College of Agricultural Sciences, Mrs. Dale Boone, and Griffin Farms.

6.  Iowa-based Scholarship:  Open to farmers and agricultural professionals between 25 and 40 years old who reside in the State of Iowa and are U.S. citizens.  Investor sponsors include the Iowa Farm Bureau Association, the Iowa Soybean Association, the Iowa Pork Producers Association and The People's Company.

7.  California-based Scholarship:  Open to farmers and agricultural professionals between 25 and 40 years old who reside in the State of California and are U.S. Citizens.  Investor sponsors include the California Cotton Alliance, Terra Nova Ranch, California Fresh Fruit Growers Association, Agrian, Stevens Farms, and Mechanical Design LLC.

8. Japan Norinchukin Bank Scholarship: Open to Japanese farmers and agribusiness professionals

9. Germany: Supported by a coalition of German companies - open to German farmers and agribusiness professionals

All scholarships with a (#) below are contingent upon receiving investor support:

10. #Argentina: Supported by a coalition of Argentinian companies - open to Argentine farmers and agribusiness professionals

11. #Chile: Supported by a coalition of Chilean companies - open to Chilean farmers and agribusiness professionals

12. #Zimbabwe: Coordinated by Nuffield Zimbabwe - open to Zimbabwean farmers and agribusiness professionals

Co-scholarship funding will be available from the Chris Reichstein Philanthropy Fund, generously donated by 2014 Nuffield Scholar Chris Reichstein, to invest in regional and rural individuals by awarding Nuffield Scholarships in developing countries.

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