The call is out for the next wave of dynamic, young primary producers who want to join the world’s pre-eminent agricultural study program and become 2018 Nuffield Scholars.
Nuffield Australia CEO, Jodie Dean, said the call has coincided with 2017 Scholars from a range agricultural industries travelling across the globe as they embark upon their Global Focus Program (GFP).
“I have been travelling with some of the 2017 Scholars to Brazil, Chile, Washington DC and Eastern Europe as they complete their GFP, a six-week, group tour to develop an understanding of global agriculture and best practice,” Ms Dean said.
“This includes meetings with progressive agri-businesses, producers, trade organisations and international governments.
“Travelling in a small group, with fellow Aussies as well as Scholars from other countries, they are exposed to the agricultural sector at an international level, as well as creating lifetime friendships and personal development.
“In addition, these Scholars will also undertake 7-8 weeks of personal study that aligns with their topic.”
Nuffield Scholarships are amongst the most prized and respected research, leadership and development offerings in the Australian agriculture sector.
To date, there are more than 400 Scholar Alumni in Australia who, through their scholarship, have gained significant insights into global agriculture. Scholars have influenced industry and community change, boosted agricultural productivity, and provided new industries and economic development to rural communities in Australia.
However, the opportunity to benefit from the scholarship experience also extends beyond the Scholars themselves.
“Many leading businesses and organisations invest in Nuffield and, as such, contribute to the prosperity of the industry and further positioning Australia as a global agriculture leader, and this opportunity is open to others committed to the future of the sector,” Ms Dean said.
“Nuffield is excited that our investors recognise the value of leadership development and the future of the industry by providing a $30,000 bursary to embark on a 16-week program over a two-year period.”
Ms Dean said there were also opportunities for agricultural businesses across the supply chain to engage with, and support Nuffield’s flagship event, the 2017 National Conference, which will be held in Darwin.
“The National Conference is a unique opportunity to hear from our 2016 returning Scholar group as they share their insights and learnings as it applies to their industry here in Australia, which is not available at any other single event.”
“Successful applicants, for a 2018 scholarship will be formally presented with their awards at the 2017 National Conference, to be held in September 2017, and commence their program at the 2018 Contemporary Scholars Conference in the Netherlands in March 2018.”
Ms Dean said the value of the opportunities presented by a Nuffield Scholarship could not be overstated.
“One of the things we hear most from Scholars is the value of the lifelong friendships and networks they form through the program,” she said.
“Not only is there a huge benefit of insight and learnings for Scholar’s own businesses, but ongoing opportunities to be immersed as a leader in their industry and community and be at the cutting edge of the innovation Nuffield contributes to the broader agricultural sector.
“If you are thinking of applying, jump onto our Facebook page or follow the #NuffieldAg hashtag on Twitter to gain insights into Nuffield and follow the progress of our 2017 Scholars as they travel the globe.”
The Scholarships are open to Australians who are between the ages of 28 – 45, who are engaged in farming or fishing as an owner, manager or active member of a farming business.
Image: All 2017 Scholars from around the world at the Contemporary Scholars Conference in Brasilia.