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Apply now for Nuffield Scholarship

Applications are now open for one of Australia’ leading agricultural scholarship programs, Nuffield Australia.

The latest round of scholarships will include the Northern Pastoral Scholarship, supported collectively by Elders, Australian Agricultural Company, Consolidated Pastoral Company, North Australian Pastoral Company and S. Kidman & Co.

Nuffield Australia Scholarships let producers see leading and innovative businesses across the globe, to find ideas and forge connections that can improve value chains.

Each scholarship is valued at $30,000 and Nuffield Australia will award up to 20 scholarships this year, including the Northern Pastoral Scholarship.

The Northern Pastoral Scholarship, which was established in 2018, is aimed at fostering emerging leaders in the Northern Australian pastoral sector.

2021 scholar Tracey Martin, 2020 scholar Tammy Kruckow, and 2019 scholar Alistair Corr, were all recipients of Northern Pastoral Scholarships.

From a her family’s Home Hill, Qld, cattle station in northern Queensland, Tracey is investigating funding and operational issues that impact the financial sustainability of member groups and associations, which function to support individuals and businesses in the agriculture sector.

Nuffield Australia CEO and 2013 Nuffield Scholar Jodie Redcliffe says bringing home the new best practices, ideas and resources helps Australian agriculture navigate the turbulent global marketplace and seize opportunities.

Nuffield Scholarships are open to farmers, fishers and those in associated industries aged between 28 to 45, and no tertiary education qualifications are required. Each scholar receives a $30,000 bursary to spend 14 weeks of travel over 18 months to study a topic important to the industry.

Jodie says this year’s program has been especially tailored to allow recipients to navigate the global uncertainty and make the most of being part of the world’s most influential agricultural network.

“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 says.

“If COVID-19 travel restrictions continue we will reschedule or roll over to extended timelines for the travel component. We are committed to delivering the same high-quality and valued program as we have for the past 70 years.”

2019 Scholar and Western Queensland beef producer Bec Burnham (pictured below) says her Nuffield Scholarship has been an incredible personal and professional development opportunity. Bec was able to travel to the Americas, Africa, the Middle East, New Zealand and Europe in 2019 and early-2020 before international travel was restricted.

“The Nuffield Scholarship’s point of difference is that you learn not only from within your agricultural interest, but also the opportunity to learn across-industries and countries,” Bec says.

“To be able to connect to both the extensive Nuffield Australia and international alumni is priceless.”

Applications close on Friday 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 to in Tamworth NSW on 11 October 2021.

To find out more information and to apply, visit the Nuffield website. 

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