Two universities offer £5,000 sustainable farming bursary

Agriculture students starting at either the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) or Reading University this September can apply for a £5,000 bursary designed to promote sustainable farming.

The sustainable agriculture bursary offers successful candidates £3,000 in cash in their first year, a further £1,000 in both their second and third years and support from an expert mentor.

The scheme is designed to help undergraduates with their studies and research into sustainable farming and agriculture.

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The money can be used to pay for textbooks and journal subscriptions, IT equipment, professional qualifications and additional courses, events, conferences and seminars relating to sustainability.

The initiative is run by The Prince’s Countryside Fund and breakfast cereal manufacturer Jordans Cereals and is in its third year of operation.


To be eligible, students must be younger than 35 and have an offer for either an agricultural degree at the RAU or a degree at the University of Reading’s School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, starting in September 2020.

Candidates must also have chosen the university as their first choice.

Successful applicants will be expected to take part in some marketing activity and submit an end-of-year report detailing what they have learned about sustainability.

Applications close at midday on Sunday 30 August.

More information can be found on the Prince’s Countryside Fund website