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Only three days remain for applicants looking to apply for a Nuffield scholarship.

Each year, 20 successful candidates receive a £12,000 grant, the opportunity to travel the world and contribute to their chosen industry, helping to shape the future of UK agriculture.

Scholars research a topic they feel will add value to the farming industry, reporting back their findings after 18 months.

Past winners have visited countries including the US, Australia, Mexico, Brazil and India.  

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Applicants must be between 22 and 45 and have an established career within the agriculture industry.

Formal qualifications are not essential – Nuffield looks for someone with life experience who contributes to their industry or local community.

Past winner

John Alvis, chairman of Lye Cross Farms and a 1983 scholarship recipient, said the scheme changed his life and his business.

He said: “I applied for a Nuffield Scholarship when my life was at a crossroads. The family business lacked the structure needed to grow.

“When I returned I implemented changes I had witnessed first-hand during my study travels – and I had learned to delegate.  We have since grown fivefold and now export 25% of production.”

The deadline for 2016 entries is 31 July with studies starting in late March 2017.

The Nuffield scholarship was first established in 1947, named after manufacturer and industrialist William Morris also known as Lord Nuffield.

To apply prospective candidates should fill out a Nuffield Scholarship application form.