NFU Mutual launches national award for postgraduate agricultural students

NFU Mutual launches national award for postgraduate agricultural students
  • The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust has launched its 2020 ‘Centenary Award’ for postgraduate agricultural students (Masters and PhD)
  • The award provides bursaries to cover up to 75% of course fees for selected applicants
  • The closing date for applications is 30th April 2020 

NFU Mutual’s tenth annual Centenary Award is now open for applications. The award provides bursaries to pay up to 75% of course fees for selected students who are undertaking a postgraduate course in agriculture (Masters or PhD) within the UK.   

The Centenary Award was created by the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust in 2010 to celebrate NFU Mutual’s 100th birthday, with the objective of creating a legacy for the future. To date, 40 agricultural students have received bursaries to help further their studies.

The award is open to individuals who have gained, or are expected to gain, a 2:1 or above in agriculture or a related degree, and have been accepted or provisionally accepted on a Masters or PhD course in agriculture in the UK, in autumn 2020.

The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust has identified three topics of interest for eligible students. At least one of these areas must form part of the applicant’s postgraduate course: sustainable agriculture and climate change; international agricultural development; the application of science and innovative technology to the agricultural industry.

To select the students, the judging panel will be looking for applicants who are not only excellent academic performers, but also have a real passion for agriculture and demonstrate potential to become a future industry leader.

Talking about the scheme, Jim McLaren, NFU Mutual Chairman, said: “Our Centenary Award aims to give outstanding agricultural students the opportunity to continue their studies. It is about supporting young people who want to make a difference not only to themselves, but also to farming and our rural communities.”

Philippa Gray, from Halifax, was one of four postgraduate agricultural students to receive the Centenary Award bursary in 2019, helping fund her Masters in Agricultural Sciences and Production Systems at Harper Adams University.

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Philippa Gray, from Halifax, was one of four postgraduate agricultural students to receive the Centenary Award bursary in 2019

Philippa explained how the award will help her to achieve her ambitions: “It is a real honour to have NFU Mutual supporting my postgraduate studies. My career aspiration is to work in agricultural education, and my course will provide insights and enhance current knowledge on sustainable farming systems. If UK food production is going to meet the increasing demand, new more efficient practices must be researched and put into practice.”

She added: “My passion is to make a difference in agriculture and play an active role in the farming community.”

Prospective postgraduate students who think they may be eligible to apply for the Centenary Award in 2020 should contact centenary_award@nfumutual.co.uk to request further details and an application form. 

The closing date for the 2020 award is 30th April. Information about the scheme can be found on the NFU Mutual website: www.nfumutual.co.uk

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