Agronomy students with trainer examining crops

Farm students have until the end of the month to apply for a post-graduate bursary in agriculture.

The NFU Mutual Centenary Award pays up to 75% of course fees for selected students who are embarking on a postgraduate masters course or PhD.

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For students hoping to start a course in autumn 2015, the closing date for applications is 30 April.

The Centenary Award was launched by the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust in 2010 to celebrate NFU Mutual’s 100th birthday.

Now in its sixth year, 23 students from across the UK have since benefited from bursary payments to help fund their studies.

NFU Mutual chairman Richard Percy said: “Our Centenary Award aims to create a long-standing legacy for the future, giving outstanding agricultural students the opportunity to continue their studies.

We understand the financial pressure placed upon postgraduate students today, and NFU Mutual is committed to supporting young people wanting to make a difference to both farming and rural communities.”

The award is open to students who have gained, or are expected to gain, a 2:1 or above in agriculture or a closely related degree.

The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust has specifically identified three topic areas of interest for eligible students:

They are:

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

Applicants must have been accepted on a Masters or PhD course in agriculture in the UK.

The award’s judging panel will be looking for applicants who are not only excellent academic performers, but are also committed to the future of agriculture.

Mr Percy said: “We want our Centenary Award to benefit agricultural education and research, and help encourage a vibrant and sustainable farming industry.”

Students who think they may be eligible for the 2015 award should email centenary_award@nfumutual.co.uk for further details and an application form.