Frequently Asked Questions


For over 70 years, Nuffield Australia has been committed 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 and seizing opportunities..

1. What is the bursary value?

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

  • Some funding will be withheld as an assurance on the submission of an approved report

  • Any likely costs exceeding the bursary value must be met by the scholar


2. What is the length of the scholarship tenure?

The scholarship tenure is a total of 14 weeks over a two-year period. As a guide, this is broken down into these components:

  • 4 DAYS: National Conference. Includes a Briefing Day, Awards Dinner, Conference Day and Regional Tour

  • 10 DAYS: Pre-Contemporary Scholars Conference (CSC), Australia-based briefings, followed by attendance at the CSC.

  • 28 DAYS: Four-week Global Focus Program (GFP) spent in various countries

  • 55 DAYS: Individual study component, including up to one week for report writing and submission

  • 3 DAYS: National Conference and Awards Dinner to present findings 


3. Are there any other changes to the 2023 program?


As part of the individual research component, up to two weeks (14-days) of the eight weeks can include domestic (Australia-based) research, subject to approval of a proposed itinerary.

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


The 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.

5. Due to COVID-19, will I have 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. Nuffield is committed to ensuring the same high-quality and valuable scholarship experience with international leaders and agribusiness that more than 495 scholars have enjoyed previously. We want applicants to be as confident about applying as we are confident in developing highly educational and enriching group travel programs. We have adapted our scholarship programs throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and other unexpected events.


6. What are the benefits of doing a scholarship in 2023?


Nuffield is also offering greater access to online learning, with 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. These have been implemented in 2020 and 2021 with virtual GFPs showcasing primary industries in countries including Kenya, The Netherlands, Brazil and Ireland. There will also be a focus on communication skills and personal and professional development as part of the scholarship journey.

7. Why is 2023 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, so 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.

8. 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 the website and register interest to download the application form.

  3. Download and save the application form questions and prepare all responses.

  4. Proceed to the online form and submit an application.

  5. If your written application is shortlisted, a state selection committee will interview you.

  6. If successful at state level, a final, national selection interview will be held.

  7. If successful through interviews, you will be awarded a scholarship at the Nuffield National Conference.

9. How can I find out more?

Download the application brochure here