If you have read about the scholarship, and meet the eligibility criteria listed below then we would welcome an application from you for 2020 or in the future.

To apply, please complete and submit the Registration Of Interest Form. This will take you directly to the Online & Downloadable Application Forms.

Please note: the online form does not save part way through the process, so you need to complete in one sitting. Make sure you have a copy of your notes in case you need to start over or download a form to complete off line.

Applications for 2020 scholarships open on 1 June 2020 and close 16 August 2020.


To be considered you must:

• Be a New Zealand citizen or hold New Zealand permanent residency status.

• Be aged 30 to 45 years (with some discretion).

• Be actively engaged in farming, growing or food production.

• Commit to taking on leadership roles in the primary sector, business or rural community.

• Have a good knowledge and understanding of the New Zealand agri-food sector and/or be prepared to up skill before departure.

• Have proven experience in areas of either agriculture, horticulture, forestry, viticulture, aquaculture, seafood.

For more information on eligibility, please refer to the Q&A section or contact us here.

Selection Process

Step One

Applicants are contacted personally by phone for an initial discussion around their motivation for applying for Nuffield New Zealand Farming Scholarship programme.

Step Two

All applications who meet the criteria are considered, in confidence, by the Nuffield New Zealand Selection Panel (Trustees and Strategic Partners Representative) and a shortlist is agreed.

Step Three

3-4 October 2019

Face to face interviews are conducted in Wellington. Candidates will be advised of their success within two days of the interview.

Step Four

5-6 November 2019 in Wellington (partners invited).

Successful candidates attend the Nuffield New Zealand Awards Function at Parliament and an orientation programme

Briefing Days

5-6 December 2019

An industry briefing and preparation workshop is held over two days  in Wellington.  


Contemporary Scholars Conference

Early March 2020

The offical Scholarship programme commences with the Contemporary Scholars Conference in Queensland, Australia.