Frequently Asked Questions


For 70 years, Nuffield Australia has 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.

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. Will the 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). The scholarships will be broken into:

  • 4 DAYS: National Conference, Awards Dinner and Regional Tour

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

  • 42 DAYS: Individual study component

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

  • 7 DAYS: For report writing and submission

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


3. Are there any other changes to the 2022 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 individual study can be used for domestic research purposes, subject to approval of a proposed itinerary.

4. What will happen if travel outside Australia remains restricted?


Whilst Nuffield cannot guarantee when all travel restrictions will be fully eased, should COVID-19 travel restrictions continue to be implemented by government, 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 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 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 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 485 scholars have enjoyed previously.


7. What are the benefits of doing a scholarship in 2022?


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. 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.



8. Why is 2022 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 it has therefore 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 the website and register interest to download the application form.

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

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

  5. If the written application is accepted, a state selection committee will conduct interviews.

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

  7. If successful through interviews, scholarships will be awarded as part of the Nuffield National Conference.