Nuffield is a unique learning experience.

A Nuffield Farming Scholarship is one of the most valued and prestigious awards in New Zealand’s primary sector. It is part of a global food and fibre network promoting global vision, leadership and innovation.

The Nuffield global network provides scholars with access to international leaders in the agri-food sector, and the best production, management and marketing systems around the globe.

Nuffield New Zealand scholars have been hosted by institutions, organisations and businesses – from the White House to a Girl’s Agricultural School in Kenya.

The Nuffield Scholarships —
taking you around the globe

The programme offers an incredible opportunity that will benefit careers, industry and business by advancing personal leadership development. Nuffield Scholars are providing leadership in on-farm innovations across New Zealand and the world.

The chosen Nuffield Scholars embark each year on a unique global learning experience with opportunities for collaboration, networking and mentoring, to fast-track thinking and grow their leadership skills.

The Nuffield Programme allows participants to spend time to travel, observe, immerse, reflect, and learn about global agricultural practices and their operating contexts.

Nuffield Scholars gain new insights and ideas to bring back to New Zealand to share, implement and influence positively decisions that affect the Food and Fibre Sector and our rural communities.

The Nuffield network —
spanning decades, and continents

In the aftermath of the Second World War, Lord Nuffield, industrialist and philanthropist, initiated a travelling scholarship scheme for British and Empire farmers. The reason was two-fold – to recognise their contribution to feeding the nation through the war and advancing best practice in agriculture globally.

The first two scholars were selected in 1947. Since then the Nuffield Farming Scholarship has created a global network of over 1,700 agriculturalists, who are at the leading edge of their profession.

New Zealand joined the Nuffield network in 1950, together with Australia and Canada. The programmes are funded by voluntary contributions from their own investor partners, local corporates and primary sector organisations.

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