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Nuffield scholarship a life-changing opportunity

Posted by Bestprac on Feb 07 2012

Applications for the 2013 round of Nuffield Australia Farming Scholarships will open on the 1st April 2012.


Primary producers with a passion for the future of their industry are urged to apply for a prestigious Nuffield Australia Farming Scholarship to investigate an issue they believe is crucial to improving agricultural performance and profitability.

Applications are now open for scholarships in 2011 and will close on 30 June, 2010. Winners will be announced in October 2010. Scholarships are for primary producers aged 28 to 40 years, although applications outside this range may be considered.

Each scholarship is valued at $28,000, sponsored by major agribusiness and industry groups across Australia. All scholars take part in a six week Global Focus Program, with up to 10 weeks of individual travel to investigate a topic of their choice.

Scholars say it has been a life changing experience, building self-confidence and decision-making skills and introducing them to a network of leading primary producers and agricultural leaders around the world.

Nuffield Australia chairman David Brownhill says personal growth is a huge benefit of the program. Its primary aim is to improve the skills of Australian primary producers, provide a global perspective of agriculture and help scholars bring back new ideas and strategies for the benefit of both individual scholars, and their respective industries.

Recent scholars have been drawn from a wide pool of primary industries and include grain and rice growers, fishers and aquaculturists, chicken, beef, lamb, goat and pork producers, woolgrowers, dairy farmers, apiarists, orchardists, horticulturalists and vignerons. Study topics have varied from the basics of production such as soil, water, crop varieties, weeds and disease to production systems, new technologies, natural resource management, biofuels, carbon trading, supply systems, marketing and public relations.

Scholars are selected for their farming and leadership capabilities, and potential to make a valuable contribution to the future of Australian agriculture. They join a growing international network of scholars, which has more than 200 members in Australia and 1300 members worldwide.

Application forms are available from Nuffield Australia on 03 5480 0755, via email,  or from the Nuffield Australia website.

 

Last changed: Feb 08 2012

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