The Nuffield Farming Scholarship started in the aftermath of the Second World War by Lord Nuffield, industrialist and philanthropist.
Lord Nuffield initiated a travelling scholarship scheme for British and Empire farmers.
The reason was twofold – to recognise their contribution to feeding the nation through the war and as a method of advancing best practice in agriculture around the world.
The first two scholars were selected in 1947. Jane Kenyon and Edward Stokes from the UK paved the way for some 1000 scholars from eight participating countries that have since travelled the world studying the best agricultural practice, wherever it may be.
Nuffield International Member Countries
From Brussels to Washington; from the paddy fields of Asia and the fantastically productive farmlands in the Americas to the most sophisticated and technologically-advanced farming in the other parts of the world, Nuffield scholars have created an unrivalled network of agriculturalists that are at the leading edge of their profession worldwide.
Each year, the seven countries now participating in the scheme award more than 70 scholarships to emerging agriculture leaders. All newly selected scholars meet at the Contemporary Scholars Conference to exchange experience and knowledge and gain understanding of agriculture of the host nation and globally.
The International Organisation
Nuffield International is a non-profit organisation with a governance board made up of a representative of each member country and two independent appointees. The organization coordinates activities and provides support to the member countries which manage their own agricultural scholarship programmes annually as part of building the most important resource in agriculture – leaders. Each country’s scholarship programme is funded by contributions from their investor partners including agribusinesses and primary sector organisations.
Nuffield International is charged with developing new members with targeted countries securing sponsorship to provide international Scholarships each year to applicants from non-member countries.