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Nuffield Canada offers $20K scholarships to develop future leaders

Ottawa, ON – Applications for 2025 Nuffield Canada Agricultural Scholarships are open now through June 30.
The Nuffield Scholarship is a prestigious rural leadership program available to Canadian citizens who are involved in any aspect of agriculture. Its goal is to attract mid-career applicants with a passion for agriculture who are ready to challenge themselves in a program of self-directed international travel and study. The experience results in personal and professional benefits, while adding value to Canadian agriculture as scholars assume positions of greater influence in their field.
Candidates can apply through a written and one-way video application process, from which a short list is interviewed, then final selections made. Successful candidates will be awarded a $20,000 scholarship and a unique opportunity to: access the world’s most extensive networks in food and farming; achieve personal development through travel and study; and deliver long-term benefits to Canadian farmers and growers, and to the industry as a whole.
“I highly recommend a Nuffield Scholarship to any individual in Canadian agriculture who is curious, enjoys travel, exploring, learning and wants to be part of a thriving international community of agriculturalists,“ explains Steve Larocque, Nuffield Canada Chair and 2008 Scholar. “Through Nuffield, our Scholars learn to navigate big topics, diverse opinions, people, cultures and ideas. If you’re looking to make a positive impact on your business, your community and Canadian agriculture, this is the opportunity for you.”
Recipients must do a minimum of 10 weeks of travel study within 24 months to examine and research a topic of their choosing relevant to modern production or practices. They then write a scholar report (approx. 10,000 words) on their research findings, conclusions, and recommendations, and make a presentation at Nuffield Canada’s Annual General Meeting, with peers, sponsors, and industry leaders in attendance.
Scholarship recipients can come from all areas of primary production including food, fibre, health care, biofuels, forestry, aquaculture, and fisheries. Successful candidates can represent any aspect of the value chain such as primary production, processing, governance, communications, safety, mental health, and others. Nuffield Canada values diversity and encourages applicants from all production philosophies such as commercial, organic, cottage, medicinal, Indigenous, Kosher, Halal, and others.
“My Nuffield experience provoked a different way of thinking and an understanding that our global community is small, connected, and willing to share knowledge,” said 2022 Nuffield Scholar Shawn Moen, CEO and co-founder of 9 Mile Legacy Brewing, an innovative nanobrewery located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. “The challenges faced in agriculture and the environment are significant and can seem insurmountable at times, however many of these issues can be tackled through knowledge-sharing, collaboration, and an international mindset. This means that we must learn continually from one another.”
Nuffield Canada, a registered Canadian charity, is over 130 alumni strong. As part of a larger international community, Nuffield Canada has affiliate organizations in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America, and Zimbabwe. Scholar recipients instantly become members of the 2000 global Nuffield alumni network, which hosts and supports traveling scholars.

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