Nuffield Programme Overview


The chosen Nuffield scholars embark on a unique global learning experience. This includes opportunities for collaboration, networking and mentoring to fast-track their global understanding of agriculture and knowledge of farming systems to the next level.

Scholarship core components

Component 1: Value Chain Innovation Programme

Mid to late February, 2025

Nuffield Scholars begin their experience with a one-week immersion into leadership, critical thinking and New Zealand value chains. 

The Value Chain Innovation Programme assists Scholars to further develop their research area of interest. It plugs them into leading New Zealanders, and it exposes them to the key challenges and opportunities facing New Zealand’s Food and Fibre sector.

Scholars work together to publish an industry insights report based on their observations.

Component 2: Contemporary Scholars Conference (CSC)

Saturday 8 March – Sunday 16 March, 2025 (Auckland)

The CSC brings together the global year group. It is hosted in a different country each year. The 2025 CSC will be hosted by Nuffield New Zealand, in Auckland.

The CSC is a week-long international conference where scholars hear presentations from thought leaders on global agricultural challenges, attend panel discussions and complete a number of field trips to cement their learning.

Component 3: Global Focus Programme (GFP)

Beginning in April or June

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 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.

Component 4: Individual Research Project

Self-organised research

An individual research programme that includes 7-9 weeks of personal field research. Scholars have the freedom to choose their own field of study and design a programme that best facilitates the development of insight and foresight in their 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.

Final reports to be submitted early the following year.

Post programme, the scholars present their findings at conferences and industry events.

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