Selection and Guidelines


Selection will be made:


  1. From the written application;

  2. By a state-based video link / face-to-face interview panel; and

  3. A final national interview

Partners and family are not permitted to travel with the scholar during group travel (Contemporary Scholars Conference and Global Focus Program) but are encouraged to participate with the scholars thereafter.

Considerable help is available from scholar alumni to assist new scholars to plan their individual research program, including a mentoring program.

Nuffield Australia reserves the right to terminate the scholarship should it find that the scholar has neglected his or her obligations explicit in the award.



If applicants meet the eligibility, please review and agree to these guidelines before submitting an application:

  1. Applications must be completed via the online form. No attachments will be accepted, and it will not accepted after the closing date.

  2. State Selection Committees will review written applications and interview short-listed applicants. All applicants must be available via video link / face-to-face on the nominated interview date/s in their state/territory, as listed under the scholarship calendar.

  3. State Selection Committees recommend finalists for national selection interviews. All applicants must be available on the nominated national interview date/s, as listed under the scholarship calendar.

  4. The Selection Committee decisions are final, and no correspondence will be entered into.

  5. Nuffield arranges national selection interview travel and accommodation for applicants. These bookings cannot be changed once confirmed in writing and any cancellation or associated cost is the responsibility of the applicant.

  6. An applicant’s spouse/partner is strongly encouraged to accompany the applicant to the national interviews and a formal social function. Any partner/spouse travel and accommodation expenses are to be paid by the applicant.

  7. Formal presentation of scholarships at the Awards Dinner, and a briefing day will be held as part of the National Conference. All scholarship winners must attend this, as well as the National Conference day and a one-day regional tour.

  8. All scholarship winners’ spouses/partners should, if possible, accompany the scholar to the briefing and Awards Dinner. Nuffield will cover any spouse/partner’s air travel costs.

  9. The scholarship must be taken at the advertised time, but this is subject to any unforeseen changes in travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nuffield will do everything possible to assist the scholar, to ensure the safe and timely completion of the scholarship.

  10. The tenure of the scholarship is two years from the Awards Dinner. Six weeks of travel are organised group travel – the Contemporary Scholars Conference (CSC) and Global Focus Program (GFP).

  11. Partners and family are not permitted to travel with the scholar during the six weeks of organised group travel (CSC and GFP).

  12. The scholar is responsible for obtaining a passport, relevant visas and currency.

  13. A bursary of $30,000 will be paid to the scholar. Up to $25,000 will be paid prior to travel departure, with the remaining $5,000 paid upon completion and lodgement of a satisfactory report.

  14. Note that approximately 50 per cent of the bursary will be expended on the GFP. Scholars will need to make a monetary contribution to the overall costs of the scholarship, which will vary according to how many times the scholar travels overseas, countries visited, other parties (family) participation and exchange rates.

  15. It is recommended that scholars seek medical advice on their own state of health and fitness and for any medical requirements relating to their travel including vaccinations.

  16. Nuffield has corporate travel insurance available to scholars for the duration of their scholarship for a small fee, deducted from the bursary. There are excesses in place for claims relating to personal items. It is recommended that scholars seek advice to determine if this covers all individual needs regarding medical, and other cover.

  17. Scholars will cover their own telephone and communication costs.

  18. Scholars must have access to email facilities prior to departure. The use of social media, including blogs is also encouraged.

  19. Scholars will contact the Chair, CEO and their scholarship investor several times during their travel, keeping them advised of their progress.

  20. Scholars must write a comprehensive report of their study topic that reflects their learnings over the scholarship tenure. This must be produced in the pre-determined format and submitted within an agreed timeline set out in the scholarship agreement.  

  21. An unsuccessful applicant may re-apply providing they meet the eligibility and guidelines.

  22. Application forms and references remain the property of Nuffield.

  23. All scholarships are offered subject to confirmation of investor arrangements.

  24. All successful applicants are required to sign a contract. Nuffield reserves the right to discontinue a scholarship if it deems the applicant is incapable of fulfilling the requirements and will seek the return of all moneys disbursed.

  25. Scholars are ambassadors for Australia, their industry, Nuffield and themselves, and must conduct themselves in a manner befitting their role at all times. Nuffield reserves the right to withdraw the scholarship and seek the return of all funds if, at the sole discretion of the Board, any scholar has conducted themselves in an unbecoming manner.

©2021 by Nuffield Australia Farming Scholars

Address: PO Box 495, Kyogle, New South Wales 2474

Ph: 0402 453 299 E:

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