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The final countdown – less then one week to go

With less than a week to go until the Nuffield Scholarship applications deadline, potential applicants are encouraged to complete their applications to be in with a chance of participating in a life changing opportunity.

Nuffield Scholars urge any uncertain applicants to grab the bull by the horns and submit an application. One Scholar states, “Just do it. I spent 12 years waiting for the right time, but it never comes. Just get your application completed.”

Results from a recent survey of Scholars highlight a resounding endorsement for the ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity. 

One surveyed Scholar explained, “A Scholarship really will change your life, because you don't just study your chosen subject; you get a whole new perspective on the world, agriculture's place in that world, and your potential role in agriculture.”

Scholarship offers successful applicants significant career development opportunities and for those integral to a family business, it’s a chance to take a step back from the day-to-day routine and to study a subject of personal interest.

The survey results highlight that 88% of Scholars acknowledged that their Nuffield Scholarship experience had improved their careers or businesses. “I observed efficient grazing management systems whilst undertaking my scholarship, I now incorporate this practise in my business,” explained another scholar.

Around 20 Nuffield Scholarships are awarded annually and offer the chance for individuals to learn and explore topics of interest in the UK and abroad. The Scholarship lasts a total of two years and entails undertaking a study with international travel for at least eight weeks.

Nuffield invite applications from individuals who must be three years or more post tertiary education and have been engaged in farming, rural land-based industries, the food sector or other agriculturally associated industries for at least two years, and intend to remain in their industry. Applicants should be under 45 years of age. The application process is straightforward and requires one online form to be submitted (available from www.nuffieldscholar.org). Prospective Scholars do not need academic qualifications. The deadline to apply is 31 July 2014.