Why & What is a Nuffield Farming Scholarship?

Nuffield Farming Scholarships are an amazing opportunity that can benefit careers, industry and business, as well as advancing personal development. We award approximately 20 individuals each year with the opportunity to research topics of interest in either farming, food, horticulture, forestry or any other countryside and ancillary industry.

Scholars are able to travel anywhere in the world for a period of no less than 8 weeks to further their knowledge and understanding of their chosen study topic. On return from their travels, they present their findings, the conclusions they have reached and the recommendations to the industry in a variety of formats, including a written report and a presentation at the Annual Nuffield Farming Conference. The Scholars are also expected to use all other means at their disposal to spread the knowledge they have gained within their industry and beyond.

A bursary of approximately £7,000 will be given towards the Scholars travel and subsistence expenses. In addition, the Trust and their individual award sponsor will meet their travel and expenses in relation to the Pre-Study Briefing and Contemporary Scholars Conference (CSC). The total value of an award is in excess of £12,000.

Nuffield Scholars congregate outside train station
Michael Dart
2010 NSch

A Company Director of a family farming and retail business in Devon. Michael explains why he chose a Nuffield Scholarship and his journey to research “The value of food”.

Caroline Drummond
2012 NSch

The Chief Executive of LEAF, who is passionate about encouraging more sustainable farming practices and building a better public trust and understanding of farming, food and the environment. Caroline talks about her Nuffield journey for her topic “How farming can learn from science to optimise the nutritional value of food produced” and advice on taking this Scholarships opportunity.

Andy Howard
2015 NSch

From an arable family farm in Kent growing wheat, barley, oats, beans and oilseed rape. Andy talks about his Nuffield Scholarship, the commitment required and the worldwide Nuffield network.

Angus Russell
2020 NSch

A Warwickshire arable farmer Angus Russell took some time away from the field to talk about his 2020 study topic, the applications process, and why he's already excited about being a Nuffield Farming Scholar!