Farming & Growing

The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust Centenary Award 2024

Making a real difference to the future of agriculture.

NFU Mutual’s 2024 Centenary Award is now open for applications.

The annual 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, 52 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, during the 2024/2025 academic year.

The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust has identified four topics of interest for eligible students. At least one of these areas must form part of the applicant’s postgraduate course:

  • The application of science and innovative technologies to enhance productivity, efficiency, and profitability for UK farming businesses
  • Building resilience and safeguarding the physical and mental wellbeing of those living and working in the UK agricultural industry
  • Tackling the risks of climate change, whilst maintaining food security, to improve the sustainability of UK agriculture
  • Identifying opportunities for supporting nature and biodiversity in the development of farming and land management practices in the UK.

To select award recipients, 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.

Three promising postgraduate agricultural students from across the UK were selected to receive a ‘Centenary Award’ bursary from The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust in 2023:

  • Megan Phillips: MSc Sustainable and Efficient Food Production, Aberystwyth University
  • Peter Reis: MSc Ruminant Nutrition, Harper Adams University
  • Ludo de Falbe: MPhil Crop Sciences, University of Cambridge

  • Megan Phillips: MSc Sustainable and Efficient Food Production, Aberystwyth University
  • Peter Reis: MSc Ruminant Nutrition, Harper Adams University
  • Ludo de Falbe: MPhil Crop Sciences, University of Cambridge

Megan is a Graduate Trainee at Dunbia, and is undertaking her Master’s course to support her career aspirations. Megan explained more: “I’ve always been interested in animal genetics and red meat production to help farmers across the UK. The teaching of this Master’s degree is allowing me to see the financial and physical positives of experimental ideas which brings both farmers’ opinions and business knowledge into the equation.”

Peter, who works full time as a Ruminant Nutritionist at Mole Valley Feed Solutions, is undertaking his Master’s to help bring new and novel techniques to the farmers he serves. Peter explained more: “I have a real passion to learn about and pioneer new feeding techniques to increase the efficiency of dairy, beef and sheep farms in the region, whilst also decreasing the carbon footprint of the industry. My goal is to become a leader in nutrition within Cornwall and Devon, and I am very grateful for the opportunity to enhance my knowledge.”

Ludo, who is also passionate about UK agriculture and the environment, is undertaking his Master’s to explore techniques to develop resilience of crops to climate change. Ludo explained: “My studies include an investigation into gas exchange plants, and how the air spaces in leaves develop, with a view to improving water-use efficiency.”

How to apply for the 2024 Centenary Award:

To apply for our award, simply review the application guidelines and complete the application form.

Email your completed application form

You will receive an automated reply from NFU Mutual’s ‘Centenary Award mailbox’ to acknowledge receipt of your email.

The closing date for the 2024 award is midnight 30th June.

If you have an queries regarding your eligibility, or your application, please contact