Nuffield Scholarship begins with the Award Ceremony in Wellington, 5 November 2024, followed by domestic component, Value Chain Innovation Tour. International components Contemporary Scholar Conference, Nuffield Triennial Conference and Global Focus Programme follow. The Scholarship concludes with a scholar-driven itinerary to complete individual research.

Below is an indication of how the scholarship might look for the 2025 cohort. 

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All successful candidates will attend the Nuffield New Zealand Awards Function hosted by the Minister for Primary Industries at Parliament. This is followed by the Programme orientation sessions. Partners are invited. 

A one-week immersion tour of the North Island’s leading food and fibre business ventures, designed to deliver deeper understanding of leadership, gain knowledge into value chain innovation strategies, challenge critical thinking and to prepare you for the next components of the scholarship. 

It allows you to further develop your research area of interest and exposes you to the key challenges and opportunities facing New Zealand’s Food and Fibre Sector. 

Briefing and preparation workshop with industry leaders to give you the current state of play in New Zealand’s Food and Fibre Sector.  

A period of personal development that includes: Core drivers, presentation skills, and critical thinking work.

Planning your topic – literature review and topic selection. 

The CSC brings together the global scholar group and is hosted in a different country each year. The 2025 CSC is to be held in Auckland.

This is a week-long international conference where you will hear presentations from thought leaders on global agricultural challenges, attend panel discussions and complete several field trips to help cement your learning. 

The conference for the 2025 cohort is planned to be held in Auckland, March 2025. 

The GFP is a four-week tour undertaken with a group of 8-10 Nuffield Scholars from different countries. Typically, each small group travels to five or six countries across three to four continents. Designed for impact, this component has an intensive itinerary of visits, meetings and experiences that lead to transformational personal insight and growth. 
Facilitated by locals in each host country, GFPs are an unparalleled opportunity for you to learn about the unique cultural, political, environmental, and business nuances in each country. They are also the foundation of life-long friendships and a global network based on trust and shared experiences. 

Individual, self-organised travel that includes 6-7 weeks of field research. You will have the freedom to choose your own field of study, designing a programme that best facilitates the development of insight and foresight in your chosen topic.  

Each scholar produces an individual research report which contributes to Nuffield New Zealand’s purpose of keeping New Zealand at the global forefront of food and fibre systems.  

Post programme, you’ll present your findings at conferences and industry events. 

During your Nuffield Scholarship you will have the opportunity to participate in several workshops, conference calls, presentations, regional travel, and brainstorming events designed to enhance your Nuffield experience and support you throughout your scholarship.

Presentation of global insights to date. Here, you will share your experiences with the newly selected group. 

Reports are submitted and reviewed by a Nuffield appointed reviewer. Any requested changes are then submitted as final report before being uploaded on the website and distributed to key stakeholders. 

Full review of the programme and evaluation of the core components. Scholars complete a personal leadership plan and identify key industry support networks. You will also develop plans for delivering industry presentations and thought leadership forums. 

Our programmes work in partnership with some of New Zealand’s leading agribusiness organisations – click here for more.​