CUMBRIAN farmers are being encouraged to apply for the 2022 Nuffield Farming Scholarships.

Applications opened this week on the Trust’s website,, and remain open until the July 31 deadline.

With around 20 Scholarships awarded each year, successful applicants are provided a substantial bursary to fund travel to study their chosen topic.

Additional funding is also available for Scholars to attend the Contemporary Scholar’s Conference, training sessions and other events.

A Nuffield Farming Scholarship is considered an investment in the personal development and knowledge of the Scholar, as well as that of their respective industry.

By sharing their findings and experiences, Scholars bring fresh insight and ideas that inspire change and drive the industry forward.

Mike Vacher, Director of the Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust, explains the important role that Nuffield Scholars play, especially during times of change.

“Nuffield Farming Scholarships provide a unique opportunity within the food and farming industry. Not only do Scholars undertake an in-depth, global study about a chosen topic, but they are also in a unique position of influence to share these findings with the wider agricultural community and show the way forward. This opportunity provides the foundation for Scholars to both succeed in their own business as well as impact the wider industry.”

Cumbrian dairy farmer, Robert Craig is a 2012 Nuffield Scholar. Robert has travelled extensively studying farming and food chain sustainability around the world.

He is also vice-chair of farmer co-operative, First Milk, owners of the Lake District Creamery at Aspatria.

Mr Craig and his wife Jackie have four children. The Craigs operate three dairy farming businesses farming around 2000 acres with almost 1,500 cows across the North of England in Cumbria and Northumberland. Taking the less conventional route towards modern dairy farming, Mr Craig operates a grass-based farming system grazing cows for 270 days of the year.

The Nuffield Farming office is able to connect applicants with existing Nuffield Scholars who can provide support and advice about the application process.