Nuffield International Farming Scholarship 2017-18
Application Form - closing date: 15 October 2017.
Please read the guidelines and conditions before completing this application.

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Your application involves:
1. Completing and submitting this application form online.
A copy of your responses will be sent to the email you provide below.
2. Submit your CV (english) - see last question
3. Submit a portrait photo that can be used for media purposes - see last question

Note that a number of Scholarships are available, and some have specific criteria regarding geography, eligible study topics and different industries / segments within agriculture.

For more information, visit: www.nuffieldinternational.org
With any queries about the scholarship, process or completing this form, contact: jimgeltch@nuffield.com.au

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About Nuffield International
The Nuffield International Scholarship program provides a unique opportunity for farmers and agribusiness professionals to travel internationally for a minimum of 16 weeks, researching agricultural production, distribution, management and/or communication. It is the leading agricultural scholarship program worldwide.

Current member countries who select emerging agricultural entrepreneurs and leaders each year to participate in this transformative program include the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, France, the Netherlands, Brazil and the USA. The first Nuffield Schoalrship was awarded in 1947 and there are currently over 1700 Nuffield Scholars worldwide, forming a powerful network of global-thinking agriculturalists that have committed to life-long learning and contributions to the prosperity of the sector and society.

Nuffield Scholars are selected annually on merit for their commitment to farming and are at the edge of technology uptake. Applicants do not need academic qualifications (eg. university graduation) but need to persuade selectors that they have the necessary qualities to make the best use of the opportunity.

About the application process
● Nominations open July 2017.
● Applications submitted by 15 October 2017.
● Internal selection panel reviews applications and short lists candidates by 30 October 2017.
● Nuffield selection panel formally interviews applicants and announce by November/December 2017.
Interviews will be held by a Nuffield International Selection Panel; exact dates and locations to be confirmed.
● Scholarship program commences with the Contemporary Scholars Conference (CSC), held 10-18 March 2018 in Holland.
● Scholars participate in one of six Global Focus Programs (GFP), which lasts 6-7 weeks. Three GFP's occur in March -April 2017, and start immediately after the CSC. If Scholars plan to participate in one of the three GFP’s in June - July 2017, their first commitment will be to the CSC.

Interviews:
● Candidates will be informed by letter (via email) as to whether they have been successful to pass to the next stage of the process.
● The Interview panel will be made up of Nuffield International members and investors.

Successful candidates that are awarded a Nuffield Scholarhsip will need to:
● Review and sign a contract with Nuffield International.
● Select from the Nuffield corporate clothing range which is available for all Scholars.
● Identify an industry mentor and submit a monthly report to update their progress thorughout the scholarship period.
● Attend the 2018 CSC from 10-18 March in Holland.
● Participate in one of six GFP’s in 2018.
● Complete minimum seven-to-eight weeks of self-organised study. A partner/spouse is able to attend at their own cost.
● Submit a 10,000 word report on the applicants study topic by July 2018, and present their results at a key industry event to be agreed upon.

Components of a Nuffield International Scholarship
1. Contemporary Scholars Conference (CSC)

The CSC is a week-long program for newly selected Scholars, which is hosted by member countries and rotated between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. The CSC is a targeted way of investing directly into the advancement of world agriculture. It provides a forum for newly selected Nuffield Scholars. Participants are introduced to a worldwide network of farmers and agriculturalists, and establish close ties with like-minded organisations. Scholars consider trade and policy issues affecting agriculture internationally, and meet with those that determine its future. Participants also gain a cultural and ambassadorial experience and develop skills in leadership at both a practical and political level. The 2018 CSC will be held in Holland from 10th - 18th of March 2018.

2. Global Focus Program (GFP)
Scholars must also participate in a six/seven-week GFP, with an itinerary spent in various countries including New Zealand, UK, USA, China, Brazil, South Africa, Kenya, The Netherlands, Ireland, France, India, Qatar, Mexico, Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, Israel, Hong Kong, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Poland, Czech Republic, Chile, East Africa and the Philippines, investigating agricultural marketing, trade and environmental issues, and experiencing the social and cultural aspects of each region. There are six GFP’s annually, with 8-10 Scholars participating in each program. Three GFP's occur in March-April and three programs occur in May-June of each year.

3. Self-organized study
Following the CSC and GFP, Scholars prepare and embark on seven-to-eight weeks of self-organized travel to research their selected topic in countries that enable them to return with the highest possible level of contemporary knowledge.

4. Reporting
Scholars must write a 10,000 word written report on their scholarship which will be based around their study topic. It needs to articulate what the Scholar has studied, what they discovered, what this means for their investor and the agricultural industry and how it will make a demonstrative change to their business and agriculture. The Scholar must make a verbal presentation within two years of the formal announcement of their successful scholarship. For example, if they are awarded the scholarship in November 2017, then they report by November 2019. The location for this reporting may be an agricultural conference or seminar that is part of a larger agricultural based congress to ensure as high profile as possible for the Scholar and the organisation.

Personal Details
Full Name
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Preferred Name
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Occupation
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Organisation / Business
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Industry / Commodity Sector
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Full Residential Address
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Phone number - including country code
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Date of Birth
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City and Country of Birth
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Nationality
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State of health - and any issue you may need assistance with whilst travelling
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Spouse status, and spouses full name (if applicable)
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Number of children - list their names and ages (if applicable)
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Finalists must attend a face-to-face interview. Please select your preference(s)?
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Education History
Select the formal qualification levels that you have achieved:
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List the educational institutions that you have attended and the level of education achieved. Include any distinctions gained (scholarships, awards, prizes)
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If you have travelled outside your country, please list where (countries), when (year), and purpose of the travel (eg. holiday, family, work/study tour)
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Employment and Business Information
Please describe your business(es), including the scale, what you produce, and number of staff
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Please state the capacity in which you are presently working (e.g. whether you are self-employed or managing for an employer)*
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What percentage of your income is generated directly from your own primary production e.g. farm
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What percentage of your income is derived from other sources
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What percentage of your time is spent managing your own primary production e.g. farm
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PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT - outline your previous key jobs prior to your present employment (limit of 250 words)
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INDUSTRY AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT - List your involvement in industry/community organisations, including role, organisation and timeframe involved (list up to four)
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Do you hold, or intend to apply for any other award for international study in the next 12 months?
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Nuffield Scholarship Details
SCHOLARSHIP SELECTION - Which organisation is funding the scholarship that you are applying for? List the specific criteria for this scholarship as an acknowledgement that you meet the criteria.
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STUDY TOPIC - Describe the topic that you wish to study through a Nuffield Farming Scholarship. Include background information on the problems and opportunities that you see for the study area (Limit of 250 words)
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INDUSTRY ALIGNMENT - How does your proposed study topic align with your industry’s current strategic plan and research priorities? Please give examples of linkages between your study and current areas of focus for your industry. (Limit of 250 words)
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INDUSTRY ALIGNMENT - List those in your industry sector, who would be interested in the results of your study and may express interest in connecting and supporting you for this project?
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STUDY COUNTRIES - List places (countries/regions) you would visit to carry out your study objective and explain very briefly why each is relevant.
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PREVIOUS RESEARCH IN YOUR STUDY AREA - what knowledge is available in your country on your topic? Specifically, name research organisations and individuals who you have had contacts with about your topic of interest. Also, include other investigations you have completed as part of your initial research (Note: Limit of 100 words)
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EXTENSION OF OUTCOMES - how will you share and extend the outcomes of your Nuffield research to the wider industry in in your country when your return? (Limit of 200 words)
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FUTURE BUSINESS PLANS - Provide details of your future business plans (Limit of 50 words)
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FUTURE BUSINESS PLANS - Individually, where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time? (Limit of 50 words)
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION - If there is additional information you wish to add about your business, the study topic or extension activities, please highlight them here (Limit of 250 words)
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BECOMING A NUFFIELD SCHOLAR - what do you hope to gain from being a Nuffield Scholar? (Limit of 100 words)
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Referees
The applicant must insert details of two (2) referees. These referees will be contacted by selection panel members and asked to provide detailed information on the applicant.
Applicants MUST contact referees to inform them that they are being nominated.
Referees must NOT be family members, employees or employers.
Ideally, they will have a good understanding of the applicant and their capacity to undertake the Scholarship and study and be able to discuss the wider industry implications of the Scholarship if awarded.
Name 1
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Position and Organisation
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City and Country of Residence
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Contact E-mail
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Relationship to Applicant
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Contact phone number
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Referee 2 - Full Name
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Relationship to Applicant
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You need to email your CV (english) and a portrait photo (500kb minimum) to jimgeltch@nuffield.com.au
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