The Canadian Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust is accepting applications for their 2014 program. Applications are due by April 30, 2013, and forms can be downloaded from the Nuffield Canada website at http://www.nuffield.ca.
Three scholarships of $15,000 each are available for 2014.
Nuffield Farming Scholarships are awarded to enthusiastic individuals, with a passion for agriculture and a desire to expand their knowledge, pursue new ideas and to share their findings with others.
Applicants should be in mid-career, be between the ages of 25 and 45 (recommended only) and must have a minimum of five years agricultural business or farming experience plus the management ability to step away from their current duties. The scholar must travel for a minimum of 10 weeks, with a minimum leg of six consecutive weeks. Scholarships are not for those involved in full-time studies or for the purpose of furthering existing research projects.
“The Canadian Nuffield Farming Scholarship provides innovative Canadians with the funding to travel internationally to expand their personal horizons while exploring agricultural issues and opportunities in a global context,” said Barb Stefanyshyn-Cote, Chair and 2003 Scholar. “We are focused on developing the practical, managerial and commercial capacities of each scholar to enable them to be better farmers, business managers and leaders and to make a significant contribution to the future of Canadian agriculture.”
The scholarships are awarded to men and women who are judged to have the greatest potential to create value for themselves, their industries and their communities through the doors which will be opened and the opportunities provided for life-long learning and improvement. The scholarships are awarded on the strength of the applicants’ vision, enthusiasm and determination to pursue their goals.
A Nuffield Farming scholarship is a life changing experience. Scholars receive a ‘golden key’ to the best production, management and marketing systems in every corner of the world. In addition to embracing the ‘world’s best’ in agriculture, scholars gain life-long friends form around the world, and a deep understanding, and global perspective, of the politics, cultures and challenges of world agriculture.
A key part of the scholarship is the opportunity for winners to study a topic of interest to themselves throughout their travels. Scholars must complete their project within two years of winning the award and are expected to produce a written report and present their findings at the Nuffield annual general meeting as well as to others in their industries.
Canadian Nuffield Scholars are also required to participate in the Contemporary Scholars Conference (CSC) where they will meet with scholars from other countries including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and France to exchange ideas and experiences, and join a network of people who are at the cutting edge of primary industry. The 2014 Conference will be held in Australia.
Applications must be received by April 30, 2013. Application forms are available from the Nuffield website www.nuffield.ca.
For more information on Nuffield Canada, visit www.nuffield.ca or for questions about the international element, visit www.nuffieldinternational.org.