Calling all agri-leaders for 2025 scholarship

L-r: Nick Cotter, Michael Martin, John Keane, Molly Garvey and Niall Hurson continue their studies as the 2024 Nuffield Ireland scholars. The agricultural scholarship has also announced that the applications for the 2025 scholarship have opened, encouraging the development of farmers and other agri-food professionals. Application forms can be downloaded on (Pic:

Women and men with a passion for advancing agriculture and rural communities are invited to apply for Nuffield Ireland’s 2025 Scholarship programme before 30th August.  The scholarship encourages the development of farmers and other agri-food professionals by opening the door to the exceptional global Nuffield network.

Awarding up to six scholarships per year, successful applicants will receive a bursary of €18,000 (increased to reflect rising travel costs) which will go some way to cover the cost of international research travel for a minimum of 11 weeks in an 18-month period.  The selected scholars must complete a written report and present their findings at the Nuffield Ireland Annual Conference within 2 years of being awarded the scholarship.


Applicants must fill in a detailed application form, provide two references and come forward with a well thought-through research topic of their choosing. The topic should aim to help improve one or more aspects of the economic, social or environmental sustainability of Irish agri-food systems. 

The selection process then shortlists applicants for a preliminary interview, with those who make it through facing a final interview. Between three and six scholars are selected per year, then they are introduced at annual Nuffield Ireland Conference, scheduled for Friday, 15th November.

Find out more about the Nuffield Ireland International Scholarship Programme by visiting