Essential Information

Essential Information

The Trust will support Nuffield Farming Scholars to meet the unique challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic as they complete their Scholarship studies in the coming years.

“This crisis will undoubtedly affect how our Scholars study and travel for the next few years,” said Mike Vacher, Director of the Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust. “However, the Trust will be flexible and ensure that every Scholar receives the support and resources necessary to complete their study.

“Nuffield Farming Scholars are innovative and imaginative about the way they do things and we know candidates will step up to the new challenges posed by Covid-19. Our Scholars are leaders in the industry with an ability to change and make things happen in different ways.

“Our Trustees continue to monitor this situation closely, and we will remain in close contact with applicants regarding questions and to make future announcements,” he added.



  • Applicants must work within the farming, food, horticulture, rural and associated industries or are in a position to influence these industries.
  • Applicants must be aged between 22 and 45 years (the upper age limit is 45 on 31st July in the year of application).
  • The Trust seeks people with very special qualities.
  • There is no requirement for academic qualifications, but applicants will already be well established in their career and demonstrate a passion for the industry they work in and be three years post tertiary education.
  • Candidates must be resident in the UK and hold a UK passport or be working directly for UK agriculture. (Residents of Australia, Canada, France, Netherlands, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland and Zimbabwe may apply to the Nuffield Associations in those countries for awards.)
  • Scholarships are not awarded to anyone in full-time education or to further research projects.


 Application Forms

  • Application forms must be submitted by the 31st July each year.
  • You will not be able to press submit on your application form until both your references have been completed and submitted. Please complete your referees details as soon as possible within the application form and press submit to forward them the link.
  • Applications are made in confidence. Your application form will, however, be copied to members of the Selection Committee, representatives of Award Sponsors for the purpose of selection and to your Regional Representatives (when you are short listed for interview) to better enable them to help you prepare for it
  • Your Nuffield Farming Regional Representative will make contact with you soon after you start your application form to offer help and advice with completing your application. Please make use of everything they offer.
  • If you experience any difficulty in completing your application form please contact the Nuffield Farming office by email:


Guidance for the Potential Scholars’ Choice of their Nuffield Study Title

Background.  Potential applicants regularly seek advice regarding their choice of Nuffield Study Title.  The following guidance is provided on the strict understanding that the final choice of Nuffield Study Title will remain with the applicant.

Library of Study Reports.  All Nuffield Study Reports published between the years 2006 – 2018 are available via the Nuffield International website.  Potential applicants are strongly advised to read a cross section of reports and encouraged especially to review those relating to their own possible topic(s) in order to gain a better understanding of the scope of and expectations for a good study.

Emerging themes of interest for future Nuffield studies.  Below are some emerging themes considered relevant for future Nuffield studies.  It is emphasised, however, that these should only be considered examples potential applicants must not feel in any way obliged to select a title listed.  A proposed title should only be chosen if the applicant has very sound reasons for doing so and these reasons will be taken into account during the selection process:

  • Technology:
    • Alternative mechanisms for verifying the supply chain: what will supersede auditing?
    • “Smart Packaging” connecting the consumer with the supply chain
    • “Artificial Intelligence” how much of human activity on the farm can it actually replace?
  • Supply Chain:
    • “Blockchain” what value will be derived by the farmer?
    • Milk produced from yeast: how should the dairy industry react?
    • Delivering to vegan diets: opportunities for primary producers
    • Red meat - how to provide the consumer with what they want
  • Crop Production:
    • Reducing microplastics in our food and water: what will be the impact on use of biosolids and sewage sludge by farmers?
    • How drought tolerant is UK arable production?
    • Living without Neonicitiniods
    • Planteceutical crops - where are the opportunities?
    • Extreme weather events - how can UK crops become more resilient?
  • Animal Production:
    • Climate change: what are the emerging livestock diseases of the future in the UK and how will we combat them?
    • Lack of lifetime assurance in the Red Meat Sector: benefit or hurdle?
    • Pasture fed livestock - true environmental costs
    • Can UK agriculture increase production x 10?
    • Options for upland farmers food producer or conservationist?
  • Management:
    • Driving the triple bottom line in agriculture – opportunities and benefits.