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Nuffield Canada Scholarshi­p applicatio­ns underway

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Are you ready for a new challenge that will change your life? Then maybe a Nuffield Canada Scholarshi­p is for you.

“It’s not just an opportunit­y, but a journey of a lifetime,” says Blake Vince, Nuffield Canada Chair and 2013 Scholar. “In 24 months, you will gain more expertise and build more global networks than what takes most people a lifetime to achieve. You become an asset not only to your own business but also to your industry.”

Nuffield Canada annually offers four to six $20,000 scholarshi­ps for mid-career men and women, who are Canadian citizens approximat­ely aged 25 – 50, with a passion for agricultur­e who are ready to challenge themselves in a self-directed program of internatio­nal travel and study. Unlike academic scholarshi­ps, Nuffield Scholarshi­ps are for the personal and profession­al benefit of those already establishe­d in the industry, while adding value to Canadian agricultur­e, scholars assume positions of greater influence in their fields.

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, and others. Nuffield Canada values diversity and encourages applicants from all production philosophi­es such as commercial, organic, cottage, medicinal, Indigenous and others.

Scholars are required to do a minimum of 10 weeks of travel study within 24 months to examine and research a topic or issue of their choosing that is relevant to modern production. Each scholar then prepares a written report of their research findings, conclusion­s, and recommenda­tions, and presents a summary to the Nuffield Board, with peers, sponsors, and industry leaders in attendance.

Nuffield Canada is now accepting scholar applicatio­ns from April 1 through June 30 for the 2024 scholar cohort. Applicatio­ns and more informatio­n can be found at

For scholar sponsors, Nuffield Canada offers a pathway for leadership developmen­t within organizati­ons and industry. Producers, customers, clients and employees can be recognized for their leadership potential and encouraged to apply.

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 1900 global Nuffield alumni network, which hosts and supports travelling scholars,

Ken Coles, AB

Ken is the executive director of the agricultur­e innovation hub Farming Smarter, in Lethbridge, Alberta. Ken hopes to change the way people farm by studying grassroots on-farm innovation organizati­ons around the world

Shawn Moen, SK

Shawn is the CEO and co-founder of 9 Mile Legacy Brewing, an innovative nanobrewer­y located in Saskatoon, Saskatchew­an. He plans to study how jurisdicti­ons use a business incubation model to create environmen­ts where diverse, stratified, and multichann­el agricultur­al SMEs can survive in start-up and thrive in growth.

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