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Unlock your leadership potential in agriculture

Nuffield Scholarship deadline looming: Grow your mind.
Scholarship recipients can come from all areas of primary production including food, fibre, health care, biofuels, forestry, aquaculture, and fisheries.

OTTAWA — Farmers are familiar with the saying, “You reap what you sow.” This applies to everything from crops to leadership. Grow your mind with a Nuffield Canada Scholarship. Applications close 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 men and women who are ready to challenge themselves by doing 10 weeks of self-directed international travel study to examine and research an agricultural topic they are passionate about. Once travel is completed, scholars sum up their findings in a written report and presentation to the Nuffield Canada Board, alumni, industry guests and dignitaries at the annual general meeting. 

Nuffield Scholarships are awarded to enterprising Canadians between the ages of 25 – 50(ish) with a passion for agriculture. Scholarship recipients can come from all areas of primary production including food, fibre, health care, biofuels, forestry, aquaculture, and fisheries. Recipients 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 and others. Anyone interested in learning more about Nuffield Canada and the application process please visit

This $20,000 scholarship provides individuals with a unique opportunity to: access the world’s most extensive network in food and farming; achieve personal development through travel and study; and deliver long-term benefits to Canadian farmers and growers, and to their industry as a whole. The experience results in personal and professional benefits, fast-tracking the scholar’s leadership development in a way that might otherwise take a lifetime to achieve. Scholars also add value to Canadian agriculture as many assume positions of greater influence in their field.

“Nuffield takes the idea of thinking globally and acting locally to a new level.  An international perspective is not only important for our own small businesses, but for the broader aspect of contributing to the industry,” explains John Cote, 2019 scholar and owner of Black Fox Farm and Distillery near Saskatoon, SK. “By having the opportunity to search worldwide for innovative solutions and having a better perspective, Nuffield has given me the confidence to move forward in our business in ways we never imagined.”

Nuffield Canada, a registered charity, was established in Canada in 1950 and currently has more than 130 alumni. 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 become members of the global Nuffield alumni network, more than 1,900 strong, who in return host and help current traveling scholars.