NFU Mutual offers postgraduate bursaries for agricultural students

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Pictured above: Chloe Dunne, Centenary Award Recipient 2019

If you are due to start a Masters or PhD course in agriculture this autumn, you may be eligible for an NFU Mutual Centenary Award bursary to help towards your course fees.

The Centenary Award, run by the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust, was launched in 2010 to mark the 100th birthday of NFU Mutual. 

The trust runs the scheme to help create a long-standing legacy for the future, and highlight the commitment it has to young people and the countryside.

So whether it be a one year Masters, or a three year PhD, the Centenary Award aims to give a number of selected postgraduate students in agriculture financial assistance for their studies.

Chloe Dunne, Centenary Award recipient 2019, said: "It is a real honour to have NFU Mutual supporting my postgraduate studies.

"My PhD Thesis will focus on the role of women in UK agriculture; exploring the factors affecting the take up of agricultural leadership roles for females and strategies to encourage greater leadership diversity.

"My passion is to make a difference in agriculture and play an active role in the farming community. I hope that my studies will provide insights and enhance current knowledge on the contribution women can make to UK agriculture."

Who can apply for the Centenary Award?

To apply for the Centenary Award you need to meet the following initial guidelines:

  • You have gained (or currently are expected to gain) at least a 2:1 in agriculture or a related degree.
  • You have been offered, or have applied for, a place on a postgraduate agricultural course (Masters or PhD) in the British Islands commencing in Autumn 2020.

In addition to this, your study course should feature at least one of our three areas of interest below as the main part of your course:

  • Sustainable agriculture and climate change
  • International agricultural development
  • The application of science and innovative technology to the agricultural industry

NFU Mutual are looking to award agricultural leaders of the future, so you will be required to demonstrate your long-term career aspirations and how your course will benefit UK agriculture when applying for the award.

If you’re successful in receiving a bursary you will be asked to write a report at the end of your study course. This will help the trust to see how your work will benefit the agricultural industry at large.

How to apply

Interested students should email NFU Mutual for further details and an application form. The closing date for applications is midnight 30 April 2020.