The Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust has announced that applications for 2021 scholarships are now open on the Trust’s website.

The Nuffield Scholarship provides a substantial bursary to around 20 individuals each year, covering the travel and research into a topic of interest in farming, food, horticulture or rural industries.

Nuffield Farming Scholars come from across farming, land-based, food or agriculturally-associated industries. The findings of scholars’ studies have brought relevant and meaningful impact to UK farming that continue to resonate long after a study is completed.

The Trust says the bursaries are an investment in UK agriculture and in the personal development of the scholar themselves.

Adam Banks, a 2018 Nuffield Scholar and founder of insect farming business Instar Farming, said: “My Nuffield Scholarship gave me the opportunity to travel around the world building relationships with people who I probably would never have had the opportunity to meet otherwise.

“Trying to launch a business in an emerging and niche industry like insect farming can feel daunting at times, however, Nuffield introduced me to a global community ofentrepreneurs all working towards similargoals.”

“Since completing my Scholarship I have gone on to develop my business and speak at a range of events, from a local farmer buying group to an international conference at the Natural History Museum.'

Mike Vacher, sirector of the Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust, added that what Scholars learn as part of their study and travels is important not only to the individuals themselves, but UK food and farming industry.

“Food and farming industries in the UK are looking at major changes in the coming years. Nuffield Farming Scholars are ideally suited to contribute their leadership skills and specialist knowledge as our nation looks to improve its food supply and agricultural practice,” he said.

“Every year, applicants impress us with their innovative ideas and passion for their proposed topics of inquiry. We welcome all driven individuals from across the food, agriculture, horticulture and rural industries to apply and encourage those interested to reach out to our main office for support.”

Those interested in applying for a Nuffield Scholarship are encouraged to begin the process well ahead of the July 31stdeadline. The Nuffield Farming office is able to connect applicants with existing Nuffield Scholars who can provide support and advice about the application process.