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The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust Centenary Award 2020

Making a real difference to the future of agriculture.

Chloe Dunne
Chloe Dunne, Centenary Award recipient 2019 

In 2020 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. To date, 40 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.

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 aim of the Centenary Award is to create a long-standing legacy for the future;  to support research and innovation and help promising individuals achieve their career aspirations.

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 2019, four students (pictured) received a Centenary Award bursary:

Centenary 2019

  • Caryl Lewis from Powys: MSc Agroecology, Harper Adams University
  • Jessica Brook from Aberdeenshire: MSc Soil Science, University of Aberdeen
  • Philippa Gray from West Yorkshire: MSc Agricultural Sciences and Production Systems, Harper Adams University
  • Chloe Dunne from Leicestershire: PhD Agricultural Systems and Management, University of Nottingham

Chloe 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 PhD Thesis will focus on the role of women in UK agriculture; exploring the factors affecting the take up of agricultural leadership roles for females and strategies to encourage greater leadership diversity.”

Announcing the recipients for 2019, Jim McLaren, NFU Mutual Chairman, said: “Students such as Chloe, Philippa, Jessica and Caryl play a vital role in shaping the future of the agricultural industry. We are delighted to be supporting their postgraduate studies and wish them all the very best for the future.”

How to apply for the 2020 award:

Prospective postgraduate students who think they may be eligible to apply for the award in 2020 should contact to request further details and an application form.

The closing date for applications is midnight 30th April 2020.