If you are a forward-thinking, progressive individual involved in farming or agri-business, if you want to travel to research a topic that is important to you and if you believe you have what it takes to become a Nuffield Scholar,now is your chance to apply for one of the six 2014 Nuffield Farming Scholarship awards.

“The objective of the Irish Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust (NFST) is to identify future leaders of Irish Agriculture and facilitate their ambition to bring about meaningful change for the benefit of their community, ”Chairman of Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust Ireland, Bill O’Keeffe said recently.

Mr O’Keeffe explained that thanks to NFST sponsors, namely, Irish Farmers Assocaition, the Irish Farmers Journal, FBD, the Golden Jubilee Trust, The Peter Daly Trust with Dairymaster and LIC,  Meat Industry Ireland and Aurivo Co-op up to six deserving applicants will be awarded a travel bursary of €10,000.

“Successful applicants will first receive some training with fellow-Nuffield Scholars from around the world.  After this initial stage, they will travel, including a six weeks travel block, to research their topic of choice and will be expected to prepare a comprehensive report, to be presented to the Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust , as well as various other Irish and international agricultural forums,” Mr O’Keeffe said.

“As a Nuffield Scholar myself, I would heartily encourage farmers and agri-business employees to go for it and apply.  A Nuffield Scholarship is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel, make firm friendships, discover cultures and how the business of agriculture is run the world over, and return personally enriched for the benefit of one’s community,” he added.

Speaking to AgriLand this evening, executive secretary John Tyrrell said it has so far received 40 applications but the deadline is still outstanding.

“We have had 61 scholars since 1996, 10 of which have been women. We are looking for farming individuals that show leadership and passion that have a commitment in the long term to the industry and that can contribute to the industry,” he said.

Application forms can downloaded from www.nuffield.ie or obtained by emailing exec@nuffield .ie and must be returned by Wednesday 31 July 2013 either by email or online.

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Pictured below at the Nuffield Ireland Spring Conference were new scholars Alo Mohan, Red Hills, Co Cavan, Seamus O’ Mahony, Kilbrittain, Co Cork, Mark Rochford, Mountmellick, Co Laois, Karren Brosnan, Tralee, Co Kerry, Eddie Kehoe, Gorey, Co Wexford & Sean O’ Donnell, Ballina, Co Mayo

Pictured below: Scholars from New Zealand and Australia 

2013 Scholars Alo Mohan, Seamus O'Mahony, Mark Rochford, Karen Brosnan,Eddie Kehoe, Sean O'Donnell at the Nuffield Ireland Conference Jan 2013 37 Nuffield Global Focus Programme Scholars visit to Cooleeney Farm, Thurles July 2013