Bursary and scholarship programme announced


26 September 2022
Next generation of growers and potato industry contributors could be eligible.

A BURSARY and scholarship programme which could benefit young people in the potato industry, has been announced for 2023. 

The 2023 Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) will support more than 40 individuals through bursaries and scholarships offering fully-funded tickets, mentoring, and contributions to travel and accommodation.

Taking place from January 4th to 6th, the event will focus on 'Farming a New Future', exploring systemic solutions to biodiversity, climate, food and energy crises.

OFC 2023 Chair Emily Norton said: “The ongoing successes of the alumni from the Scholars, Emerging Leaders and now Inspire bursary programmes is a testament to the importance of giving the next generation confidence to belong in an environment that can seem remote and intimidating.  Bursaries widen the pool of talent we can bring into the conversation at Oxford, and give those individuals a chance to inspire us and learn from each other at the conference."

New this year, the OFC bursary is awarded to individuals who are actively working in the food, farming and agricultural sector, or with an evidenced pathway to enter the industry.

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Supported by NFU Mutual Charitable Trust, the Royal Agricultural Society of England, Roythornes Solicitors and Grow Up Farms, successful applicants will receive a fully-funded ticket to the conference and can request a contribution to travel and accommodation.

OFC is encouraging applications from individuals who may have recently moved to the UK as a result of conflict overseas.
There are more than 20 bursaries available.

For further details, and to apply click here. Applications close on September 30th.

The OFC Scholar programme is funded by agricultural organisations, who coordinate their own application process and nominations. To fund a scholar, click here.

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