Nuffield Scholarship

Nuffield Scholarships

Gardiner Dairy Foundation has partnered with Nuffield Australia to provide a Victorian dairy farmer with a Nuffield Farming Scholarship. This scholarship is a unique opportunity for a Victorian dairy farmer to experience agriculture from a global perspective, investigate their chosen agricultural topic, and to innovate on their own farms and within their dairy communities.

This initiative forms part of Gardiner Dairy Foundations commitment to building industry leadership capability, through our People Development portfolio. It aims to develop Victorian dairy farmers to ensure that the industry has the required leadership, knowledge and skills for long-term success.

Successful applicants spend a total of 14 weeks travelling the world over two years – including 4 weeks of group travel through the global powerhouses of agriculture, in countries such as China, India, Brazil, USA, Canada and through Europe. Scholars then travel for a further 10 weeks by themselves, tapping into Nuffields global network of farming scholars to drill down into a research topic of interest to them and of value to the industry. Importantly, they then become part of a powerful alumni network of scholars right around the world, providing life-long opportunities for further learning and friendship.

Applications invite people who are:

  • Between 28-45 years of age. (Please note that exceptional candidates outside this age range will be considered);
  • Ordinarily a resident of Australia;
  • Engaged in farming or fishing as an owner or manager or an active member of a farming business; and
  • Intending to remain involved in primary production in Australia.

Scholarship Components:

  • 2020 National Conference is a chance to meet the Nuffield network and agribusiness leaders, receive a program briefing and be formally awarded the scholarship. To be held in late-October 2020

  • 2021 Contemporary Scholars Conference (CSC) is a week-long program for all newly-selected scholars from around the world. Scholars build networks and consider international trade and policy issues affecting agriculture. It is a truly cultural and ambassadorial experience where leadership skills are enhanced

  • 2021 Global Focus Program (GFP) offers a four-week, group travel experience spent in various countries across the world. Scholars select one GFP and investigate agricultural marketing, trade, environmental issues and experience social and cultural aspects of each region

  • 2021-22 Individual Study enables scholars to travel to countries of choice to study their chosen topic

  • Written and Verbal Reporting is a requirement of the scholarship and these are completed following the research. Reports are due in writing as well as verbally at the National Conference

*NOTE: All dates and activities are subject to change due to COVID-19 restrictions. Nuffield will work with scholars if extensions are required

Value of the Award:

Financial assistance to the value of $30,000 (subject to conditions) is provided to cover costs associated with the study period. Nuffield will withhold $5000 as an assurance on the submission of an approved report.

Likely costs exceeding this value must be met by the scholar.

For more information about the Nuffield Scholarship program visit

Or contact them at Phone: 02 9463 9229 | Email:

Gardiner Dairy Foundation is happy to support farmers with their applications. Please email

Applications are now open and will close 11 September 2020


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