How to Apply

How to Apply

Applications for the 2017 scholarships closed on 31st July 2016.

The next round of applications will open in June 2017, for the 2018 scholarships.

  • Nuffield Scholarships are awarded once yearly, during the late Summer.
  • How to apply, eligibility requirements and application closing date will be advertised in the Irish Farmers Journal during June/July.
  • Applications are taken in the form of an application submitted by email.
  • The closing date for receipt of applications is usually 31st July. The application must be provided in the format which will be available for download from this website, or by email request from
  • Candidates who provide a strong application will be brought forward for interview, where an interview panel will evaluate the suitability of each candidate to be awarded a scholarship.
  • The Scholars who will be selected will become a member of a worldwide group of agriculture’s forward thinkers and industry leaders.
  • Prospective scholars are encouraged to get in contact with a scholar in their locality to prepare themselves for the application and interview process.
  • Scholars are required to undertake at least 11 weeks travel during the 18 months scholarship period. This will include participating in the one-week Contemporary Scholars Conference, plus the Global Focus Programme, which is about 6 weeks duration.
  • Apart for the above, there are no restrictions on where, how or when a scholar travels on their individual travels.

Benefits of the Scholarship

  • An opportunity participate in an international agricultural leadership programme.
  • Become a member of Nuffield Ireland to promote agriculture and agriculturally related issues.
  • Become a member of a worldwide network of more than 1,650 Nuffield Farming Scholars, who have enjoyed the unique Nuffield experience.


  • Applicants must work in the farming, food, rural and related sectors and be in a position to influence them.
  • The preferred age for all applicants is 25-45 years of age at the time applications close, although applicants outside this range may also be considered.
  • Ideally candidates should have 5 years work experience.
  • Applicants must be resident in Ireland.
  • There is no requirement for academic qualifications, however, applicants will be well established in their career, and demonstrate a passion for the industry that they work in. Leadership potential and willingness to “give back” to the sector are sought after qualities in candidates.
  • All Scholars are expected to remain engaged with the organisation in the future.
  • Scholarships are not awarded to persons in full-time education or to further research projects.


  • The 2018 Scholarships will be advertised during June/July 2017.
  • Closing date for receipt of applications by email, will be 31st July 2017.
  • Interviews and selection during August and early September.

Application Form

The application form can be downloaded or filled out online via this link, or candidates can contact the Executive Secretary if they have any difficulty doing so.

Learn more about previous new scholar conferences