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Apply now for Nuffield Farming Scholarship

June 29, 2018 by  
Filed under News & Business

Applications are being encouraged to send submissions for Nuffield Farming Scholarships well ahead of this year’s 31 July deadline.

The globally recognised scholarships enable successful applicants to study and travel overseas. They are funded by a raft of sponsors who provide successful candidates with a bursary of £7,000 to cover travel and subsistence for a minimum of eight weeks’ worth of global research.

Richard Hinchliffe, who was a 2016 scholar, travelled to the USA, Australia and Argentina to broaden his agricultural knowledge and investigate how farmers and agronomists overseas were dealing with the challenge of herbicide resistance.

He said: “I was awarded my Scholarship in 2015, on the topic of herbicide resistant weeds, after a long battle with blackgrass on my own farm in Yorkshire. Since then, my research has helped the farm to become blackgrass free for the first time in 17 years.

Mr Hinchliffe added: “Undertaking a Nuffield Scholarship has been one of the best professional decisions I’ve ever made. It’s given me a totally different outlook on the industry, expanded my contacts on a global scale and given me friends for life.”

A scholarship does not require academic qualifications, but applicants must be aged between 22 and 45 years old, be well established in their career, and be at least three years post tertiary education.

Nuffield director Mike Vacher said: “It’s important to start considering your submission as soon as possible. We can put you in touch with Scholars such as Richard, who will provide first hand advice and application tips.”

Full details are at www.nuffieldscholar.org.

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