Making a real difference to the future of agriculture 

In 2018 NFU Mutual, the UK’s leading rural insurer, is once again offering the ‘Centenary Award’ for postgraduate students in agriculture.

The award provides annual bursaries to pay up to 75% of course fees for selected postgraduate students (Masters or PhD).

The Centenary Award is a long-term scheme, run by the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust, and was launched in 2010 to celebrate the 100th birthday of NFU Mutual.  NFU Mutual has provided £250,000 to fund the programme, and to date 33 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 2018.

To select the students, the judging panel will be looking for applicants who are not only excellent academic performers, but are also passionate individuals who demonstrate the potential to become a future leader within UK agriculture.

The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust has identified three topic areas 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

 In 2017, four students (pictured) received a Centenary Award bursary:

Century Award Students 2017 

  • Ella Forrest from West Yorkshire: MSc Ruminant Nutrition, Harper Adams University
  • Callum Weir from Cambridgeshire: MSc Agricultural Economics, University of London
  • Emma Caudwell from Lincolnshire: MSc Rural Land and Business Management, University of Reading.
  • Joe Collins from Shropshire: MSc Sustainable Crop Production, University of Warwick

How to apply for the 2018 award:

Prospective postgraduate students who think they may be eligible to apply for the award in 2018 should contact to request further details and an application form.

The closing date for applications is midnight 30th April 2018.