Frequently Asked Questions


2020 is a year of change that will impact global economies and change agricultural markets. There has never been a better time for proactive agriculturalists to consider a scholarships to understand the post-COVID world. We have been committed for 70 years to deliver valuable scholarships, particularly through periods of change. Our global network is what sets our program apart, enabling scholars to learn how other businesses are tackling global issues and barriers.

Download the 2021 Scholarship Application Brochure here

1. What is the bursary value?

  • $30,000, subject to guidelines set out on this website, to cover costs associated with the study and reporting

  • Nuffield will withhold some funding as an assurance on submission of an approved report

  • Likely costs exceeding this value must be met by the scholar


2. Will the 2021 program be different due to COVID-19?


Historically, the scholarship tenure is a total of 16 weeks. As a result of COVID-19, this has been reduced to 14 weeks (98-days) for 2021 scholars. The scholarships will be broken into:


  • 3 DAYS at the National Conference, Awards Dinner and Regional Tour, Brisbane, October 2020

  • 14-DAYS of pre-Contemporary Scholars Conference (CSC), Australia-based, briefings and visits, followed by attendance at the CSC in the UK, 2021

  • 28-DAYS participation in the 2021 Global Focus Program (GFP) spent in various countries

  • 42-DAYS individual study component, to be completed in 2022

  • 7-DAYS for report writing and submission, by mid-2022

  • 4-DAYS at the National Conference and Awards Dinner to present scholarship findings, September 2022

*All dates and activities are subject to change due to COVID-19 restrictions. Nuffield will work with scholars if extensions are required

3. Are there any other changes to the 2021 program?


In addition to the scholarship tenure reducing from 16-weeks to 14-weeks, Nuffield is also enabling scholars to include domestic, (Australia-based), research as part of the individual study component. A total of two weeks (14 days) of the 42 days can be used for domestic research purposes, subject to approval of a proposed itinerary.

4. What will happen if the COVID-19 situation worsens in 2021?


Whilst Nuffield cannot guarantee when all travel restrictions will be fully eased, should the COVID-19 situation worsen, the program will be rescheduled or rolled over to extended timelines, in collaboration between the scholar, the investor and our organisation. We want applicants to be confident about applying for 2021, as we are committed to delivering the same high-quality and valued program as we have for the previous 70 years.

5. What is the longest compulsory element of overseas travel?


The 2021 scholarship tenure is a total of 14-weeks over a period of two years. The longest compulsory element is the Global Focus Program (GFP) where scholars are away for four weeks.

6. Due to COVID-19, will I have less access to international leaders and agribusinesses as part of the experience?


Nuffield’s aim is to continually deliver cooperative learning through our extensive globalised agricultural network, and this will remain unchanged in 2021. Nuffield will deliver the same high-quality and valuable scholarship experience with international leaders and agribusiness in 2021 that more than 450 scholars have enjoyed previously.


7. What are the benefits of doing a scholarship in 2021?


Nuffield is offering greater access to online learning than ever before, including virtual connections to the global alumni network, agribusiness professional speakers and the ability to prepare in advance of research travel to make stronger linkages and better utilise the overall travel experience. There will also be a focus on communication skills and personal and professional development as part of the scholarship journey.



8. Why is 2021 the year to do a scholarship?


A Nuffield Scholarship is unique opportunity to explore the world to find new best practices, ideas and resources to carry back home.

Scholars are renowned as being able to embrace change, being versatile and seeking innovative ideas – all of which are quality traits during uncertain times.

This recent period has been extraordinary, and there has never been a better time to research how the world has changed, and how agriculture can adapt to complex food supply chains, trade restrictions and consumer behaviour going forward.

9. How do I apply?

  1. Review all pages under “How to Apply” on this website to understand the scholarship commitments.

  2. Proceed to the “Apply Now” section of this website and register your interest to download the application form.

  3. Save the application form questions and prepare all responses.

  4. Proceed to the online form and submit all responses before 11-September.

  5. Notification of next steps will be sent to applicants after 11-September.

  6. If the written application is accepted, a state selection committee will conduct interviews in late-September.

  7. If successful at state level, a final, national selection interview will be held face-to-face or virtually.

  8. If successful through interviews, scholarships will be awarded in late-October as part of the National Conference, to be held in Brisbane.


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

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