THE Oxford Farming Conference (OFC), in partnership with McDonald’s UK, has announced the return of the Breaking Barriers Scholarship which will support two individuals to attend the conference in January as part of the 2022 Scholars' Programme.
The scholarship, which launched last year, looks to support diversity and inclusion within the agricultural industry by offering candidates who reflect a broad diversity of backgrounds, geographies and academic experiences, or who come from outside the agri-food sector but are keen to enter it.
OFC Director and International Business Development Manager for UK AgriTech centre, Crop Health and Protection (CHAP), Dr Jenna Ross, is chairing this year’s OFC Scholars' Programme.
She said: “This scholarship provides an amazing opportunity for enthusiastic and passionate young individuals, no matter their background or experience, to attend the conference as part of the OFC Scholars' Programme. This year is particularly exciting as we are launching a new upskilling element to the programme, which complements the peer-to-peer networking."
She said it was "an excellent opportunity" for scholars to gain experience and valuable skills.
Candidates are not required to have any previous qualifications or to be working in the industry. They should be aged between 22 and 30 years of age and have not previously attended the conference.
Over the last nine years, the OFC Scholars' Programme, sponsored by McDonald’s, has supported more than 400 scholars, through networking, workshops, and events.
For full details on the programme and to apply, click here. Deadlines for applications close on September 17th 2021.