Farming scholarship application deadline looms

Applications for the 2015 Canadian Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust are due by April 30. Up to three scholarships of $15,000 each are available. Application forms are available online.

Nuffield 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.

A key part of the scholarship is the opportunity for winners to study a topic of interest during their travel. 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, Holland, 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 2015 conference will be held in France. –– Nuffield release

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