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Nuffield applications now available

March 6, 2015
By Nuffield Canada

March 6, 2015, Innisfail, AB – The Canadian Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust is now accepting applications for their 2016 program.

Nuffield Farming Scholarships are awarded to enthusiastic individuals, with a passion for agriculture and a desire to expand their knowledge, pursue new ideas and to share their findings with others. Applicants should be in mid-career, be between the ages of 25 and 45 (recommended) and must have a minimum of five years agricultural business or farming experience, plus the management ability to step away from their current duties. The scholar must travel for a minimum of 10 weeks, with a leg of at least six consecutive weeks. Scholarships are not for those involved in full-time studies or for the purpose of furthering existing research projects.

Three scholarships of $15,000 each are available for 2016.

“The Nuffield Farming Scholarship provides innovative Canadians with the funding to travel internationally to explore agricultural issues and opportunities in a global context,” said Kelvin Meadows, chair and 2011 Nuffield Scholar. “Through allowing scholars to further develop their capabilities, we enable them to be better farmers, business managers and leaders and make a significant contribution to Canadian agriculture.”

The scholarships are awarded to men and women who are judged to have the greatest potential to create value for themselves, their industries and their communities, through the doors which will be opened and the opportunities provided for life-long learning and improvement. The scholarships are awarded on the strength of the applicants’ vision, enthusiasm and determination to pursue their goals.

A key part of the scholarship is the opportunity for winners to study a topic of interest to themselves throughout their travels. Scholars must complete their project within two years of winning the award and are expected to produce a written report and present their findings.

Canadian Nuffield Scholars are also required to participate in the Contemporary Scholars Conference (CSC) where they will meet other current scholars from around the world. The 2016 Conference will be held in Ireland in early March.

Applications must be received by April 30, 2015. Application forms are available from the Nuffield website.

For more information on Nuffield Canada, visit www.nuffield.ca. For questions about the international element, visit www.nuffieldinternational.org.

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