In 2017, Nuffield Australia offered a record number of farming scholarships – up to 30 in all, spanning sectors from horticulture to livestock to grains and sponsored by an array of leading industry bodies; 23 of the available scholarships were awarded in mid-September at the annual Nuffield Australia Conference awards dinner in Melbourne and the new crop of scholars will start their study tours early in the new year.
According to Nuffield Australia CEO Jim Geltch, the number of Nuffield Scholarships offered (and awarded) for 2017 is an indication of the importance of this prestigious international association’s scholarship program to agriculture in this country.
“Nuffield is the leading program for primary producers in Australia, identifying new leaders in industry and the community, and continuing to drive excellence in our agricultural industry,” he said.
“In these times of global communities, it provides a global network of over 1,600 scholars from many other countries, as well as the support of industry groups and contemporaries across all sectors of agriculture. Even more than that is the lifelong friendships which are made between scholars all over the world, an aspect which is consistently voted as a massive highlight of a scholarship.”
The Nuffield Australia Farming Scholars’ mission is “to develop potential and promote excellence in all aspects of Australian agricultural production, distribution and management through the adoption of local and international best practice, and continuous development of a unique network of industry leaders and innovators”.
Geltch said the Nuffield’s scholarship program opens doors, giving winning applicants extraordinary access to a worldwide community of scholars and experts and to specialist information that would otherwise be unavailable to them.
“Successful scholars take part in the annual Nuffield Contemporary Scholars Conference as well as one of six Global Focus Programs featuring a six-week intensive itinerary of international travel with fellow scholars to look at international trade, marketing and environmental issues,” he said.
“The Nuffield Australia National Conference features a unique mix of returning scholar presentations featuring cutting-edge research outcomes, highly regarded national and international speakers covering hot industry topics and a wide range of networking functions.
"Most significantly, though, is perhaps the opportunity to select an individual study program through countries of the scholars own choice, tracking down innovation and ideas to inform their own business, industry and communities."
Nuffield Australia provides assistance and tailored opportunities to Australian primary producers and managers, enabling them to travel internationally to explore research topics of importance to them, and to Australian agriculture. Each Nuffield Australia Scholar is provided with a $30,000 bursary to fund a 16-week program of group and individual travel over a two-year period.
“I strongly urge anyone who may have ever considered the need for better understanding of global agriculture, or a desire to gain more research into an industry issue to consider applying,” Geltch said.
Nuffield Australia’s scholarship program
Nuffield Australia Farming Scholarships program awards primary producers life-changing scholarships that enable them to travel overseas and study agriculture-related topics of their choice.
Each year for more than six decades, Nuffield has been choosing promising young primary producers based on their merit, commitment to and passion for farming or fishing; producers who are at the cutting edge of technology uptake and have the potential to become leaders in the industry.
Currently, there are around 300 Nuffield scholars across Australia who, through their scholarships, have experienced agriculture in countries around the world that has broadened their knowledge base and skills. Nuffield Scholars representing a broad array of rural industries have returned to Australia to adopt best-management practice, helping to foster excellence in all aspects of agricultural production.
For Nuffield Scholars, the learning process is a lifelong one, with state-based, national and international Nuffield tours and conferences held regularly, and all Scholars encouraged to continue sharing new knowledge and ideas with fellow alumni and the wider agricultural community.
Nuffield Australia is part of a global network of 1,250 Nuffield Scholars from seven countries, all of which award Nuffield Farming Scholarships annually. For more information about Nuffield International, visit their website.
2017 Nuffield Farming Scholarships
Scholarships offered for 2017 and the relevant supporting bodies are as follows:
- a grain grower in New South Wales or Queensland (GRDC Northern Region), supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC);
- a grain grower in Victoria, South Australia or Tasmania (GRDC Southern Region), supported by the GRDC;
- a grain grower in Western Australia (GRDC Western Region), supported by the GRDC;
- an aquaculture producer or a wild-catch fisher anywhere in Australia, supported by the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC);
- a viticulturist or winemaker anywhere in Australia, supported by Wine Australia;
- two rice growers anywhere in Australia, supported by the Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation (RIRDC)’s Rice R&D Program;
- a chicken-meat grower or livestock manager anywhere in Australia, supported by RIRDC’s Chicken Meat Program;
- a cotton grower anywhere in Australia, supported by the Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC) and Cotton Australia;
- an egg producer anywhere in Australia, supported by the Australian Egg Corporation Limited;
- a woolgrower anywhere in Australia, supported by Australian Wool Innovation;
- a cattle, sheep or goat producer anywhere in Australia, supported by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA);
- a levy-paying vegetable grower anywhere in Australia, funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA) using the National Vegetable Levy and funds from the Australian Government;
- a levy-paying banana grower anywhere in Australia, funded by HIA using the Banana Industry Levy and funds from the Australian Government;
- a levy-paying apple or pear grower anywhere in Australia, funded by HIA using the Apple and Pear Industry Levy and funds from the Australian Government;
- a dairy producer anywhere in Australia, supported by Dairy Australia;
- a dairy producer from Victoria, supported by the Gardiner Dairy Foundation;
- a primary producer anywhere in Australia, supported by Rabobank;
- a primary producer anywhere in Australia, supported by Westpac Agribusiness;
- a primary producer in Northern Australia, supported by ANZ Bank and the Australian Agricultural Company (AACo);
- a primary producer anywhere in Australia, supported by Woolworths;
- a pork producer anywhere in Australia, supported by Australian Pork Limited (APL);
- a primary producer in Victoria, supported by The William Buckland Foundation;
- a primary producer in South Australia, supported by Nufarm; and
- a grain producer in Western Australia, supported by CBH Group.
Three cross-industry scholarships were also offered to young horticulturists, one supported by the Australian Processing Tomato Council; the other two backed by Nuffield Australia and all three also partially funded by HIA.
Timeline for Nuffield Scholarship applications
Nuffield Australia awards Scholarships to farmers annually. Applications for the following year's scholarships generally close mid-year, with winning applicants announced in September at the organisation's annual conference's gala dinner. The process entails submitting an application, then participating in an interview process, with rounds of interviews held in all states of Australia over July and August. Scholarships are awarded in September, with beginning the following year.
The 2017 Nuffield Scholars were announced in mid-September 2016 at the Nuffield Conference in Melbourne: read more about the winning applicants here.
Key dates for next year’s Nuffield Scholarships include:
- 30 June: Scholarship applications close nationally;
- mid-end July: State and Territory selections (for Tasmania, Victoria, NSW, Queensland, SA, WA and NT).
- mid-August: National selections;
- mid-September : Debrief, briefing, board meeting;
- mid-September: Nuffield National Conference and Post National Conference tour.
Applications and further information
For more information or to apply for a 2018 scholarship, visit the Nuffield Australia website www.nuffield.com.au