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Nuffield Scholarship Applications Open

The Canadian Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust is accepting applications for its 2012 program.

Nuffield Farming Scholarships are awarded to enthusiastic individuals, with a passion for agriculture and a desire to expand your knowledge, pursue new ideas and to share your findings with others. Applicants should be in mid-career, be between the ages of 30 and 45 (although exceptions are made) and must have a minimum of five years’ agricultural business or farming experience plus the management ability to step away from their current duties. The scholar must travel for a minimum of 10 weeks, with a minimum leg of six consecutive weeks. Scholarships are not for those involved in full-time studies or for the purpose of furthering research projects.

Three scholarships of $15,000 each are available for 2012.

A key part of the scholarship is the opportunity for winners to study a topic of interest to themselves throughout their travels. Scholars must complete their project within two years of winning the award and are expected to produce a written report and present their findings at the Nuffield annual general meeting as well as to others in their industries.

Canadian Nuffield Scholars are also required to participate in the Contemporary Scholars Conference (CSC) where they will meet with scholars from other countries including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and France to exchange ideas and experiences, and join a network of people who are at the cutting edge of primary industry. The 2012 conference will be held in Europe.

Applications are due by April 30, 2011 and forms can be downloaded from the Nuffield Canada website at www.nuffield.ca.

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