Who is the scholarship for?

This scholarship is for engaged, motivated people involved in agri food production, who are committed to improve and innovate while solving old and emerging problems.

Nuffield Scholars come from a wide range of backgrounds from practical hands-on farming across agriculture, horticulture, viticulture, aquaculture, seafood, apiculture and forestry. They all have a close affiliation with growing and producing and a passion and desire to help shape and lead the future of their industry.

We look for individuals who:

  • Are keen to share and explore ideas and bring to life the ones they believe in
  • Strive to challenge and test their thinking
  • Are not afraid to do things differently
  • Understand the importance of ‘paying it forward’
  • Lead by doing (better) and learn by trying (harder)
  • Think global, lead local
  • Have a strong sense of purpose
  • Are open to opportunities

We welcome a full range of personalities and leadership styles, particularly those that are motivated by a strong commitment to develop the people around them, drive growth and sustainability in their chosen field and seek to lead the conversation on the issues the agri-food sector faces today.

Q & A

How many scholarships are awarded each year?

Up to five scholarships annually.

How much is the Nuffield Farming Scholarship worth?

The total value of the scholarship is NZ$40,000.

Are the awarded funds enough to cover the expected cost?

The scholarship funding provided should be sufficient to meet the core components of the programme, depending on time away and number of return trips made. However most scholars will invest/seek extra funds as required depending on their research topic to make the most of this opportunity.

Is there a possibility to get additional funding?

Our funding is limited to the value of the scholarship. Scholars have been successful in securing other industry and/or Trusts funding.

Can a portion of the scholarship be used to cover the costs of my absence?

The scholarship is not to be used to cover home or work costs i.e. staff replacement etc.

Am I still eligible to apply if I work within the agriculture services sector, but do not farm myself?

A small number of scholars have been selected recently from the wider agri-food sector. Applicants from the agri-sector are still expected to be closely connected to farming and/or growing through family, work, land or business ownership.

I am outside of your preferred age range, should I still apply?

Scholars outside of our ‘ideal’ age bracket 30 to 45 years are still welcome to apply and will be considered if they can put forward a good case of leadership contribution. Please note that the upper age limit is 49 years.

Who provides funding for Nuffield scholarships?

Our funding comes from industry organisations and companies who  have a strong interest in and commitment to  leadership development for the benefit of the agri-food sector and wider New Zealand economy.

Click here for our strategic and investing partners.

Is there a specific area that I have to study?

While scholars have the freedom to pursue a topic of personal interest, there is an expectation that the topic will contribute to New Zealand’s  agri-food sector development particularly in advancing knowledge around current challenges & opportunities facing the industry.

Where in the world can I carry out my scholarship study?

Nuffield scholars can use the funds of the scholarship to visit any organisation or country to research their topic, meet and interview key people or observe first hand the practices relevant to their study.

What kind of assistance can I expect from the global Nuffield network?

A significant and useful network of Nuffield contacts is available in member and associate countries, but scholars are also encouraged to travel outside these countries and establish contacts of their own.

Global Nuffield alumni usually offer to host scholars and are a source of valuable contacts. Previous scholars are a great source of information for potential contacts in particular areas of study or countries that you might like to visit.

What additional support is provided for the completion of the reports?

Good support is provided throughout the year through industry briefings, allocated mentors, specialist advice and research support to ensure our scholars, Nuffield New Zealand and respective primary industry organisations get the maximum outcomes from this unique opportunity.

Do I need to organise my own travel?

The formal parts of the programme including the Contemporary Scholars Conference and the Global Focus Programme are organised by Nuffield International.  All personal research travel is organised by the scholars to meet  their needs.

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