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A Nuffield Scholarship is New Zealand's most respected and prestigious award in the agri-food sector. Nuffield Scholarships have been awarded to more than 140 emerging leaders in New Zealand over the past 60 years.

Each year up to five scholarships are awarded to individuals who are identified as future leaders in the sector and industry. Those selected are expected to assume position of greater influence in their field in the future.

Nuffield Scholars come from a wide range of backgrounds from practical hands-on farming across agriculture and horticulture through to policy advisors and agribusiness managers. They all have a close affiliation with practical agriculture and a passion and desire to help shape and lead the future of their industry.

A Nuffield Scholarship provides an opportunity to examine, energise and focus professional and leadership skills. Scholars become part of an international programme and provides a national and international network of friends and colleagues for life.

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Lord Nuffield

In the aftermath of the Second World War Lord Nuffield, industrialist and philanthropist, initiated a travelling scholarship scheme for British and Empire farmers. The reason was twofold – to recognise their contribution to feeding the nation through the war and as a method of advancing best practice in agriculture around the world.

The first two scholars were selected in 1947. Jane Kenyon and Edward Stokes from the UK paved the way for some 1000 scholars from eight participating countries that have since travelled the world studying the best agricultural practice, wherever it may be.

Nuffield International Member Countries

From Brussels to Washington; from the paddy fields of Asia and the fantastically productive farmlands in the Americas to the most sophisticated and technologically-advanced farming in the other parts of the world, Nuffield scholars have created an unrivalled network of agriculturalists that are at the leading edge of their profession worldwide.

Each year, the seven countries now participating in the scheme award more than 70 scholarships to young agriculturalists. All newly selected scholars meet at the Contemporary Scholars Conference to exchange experience and knowledge and gain understanding of agriculture of the host nation.

Nuffield International is a non-profit organisation administered professionally and provides general guidance and support to the member countries which manage their own agricultural scholarship programmes annually as part of building the most important resource in agriculture – human capital. The national scholarship programmes are funded by voluntary contributions from their own investor partners and local corporates and primary sector organisations.

International Scholarships are provided each year to applicants from non-member countries.

More information on Nuffield International can be found at nuffieldinternational.org

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