The Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust awards around 20 scholarships each year -- providing travel and subsistence costs to scholars for a period of eight weeks in return for a written paper and the presentation of study findings at its annual Winter Conference.
Recent notable reports have included "Enhancing farm incomes through diversification" and "Energy crops and the market for biomass in the UK".
Applicants must be aged 23 to 45.
NFST director John Stonesm said: "Scholars require no pre-requisite qualifications other than vision, enthusiasm and a determination to study a subject they feel passionate about.
"If you are involved in farming, rural industry or the food chain, and feel it's time to step back and take a look at the bigger picture on a worldwide scale, then a Nuffield Farming Scholarship Award could be just the challenge you need.
He added: "Lack of time and a busy work schedule are not good enough excuses for turning down the chance of a Nuffield Farming Scholarship. Frankly, we're only interested in busy people, because they're the ones who will make the most of it.
"Nowadays Scholars are also breaking up their study trips to fit in with both their work and family commitments. They are also doing a lot of root and branch research before they travel, enabling them to cover more countries in less time."
Applications for the 2010 Nuffield Scholarship programme will be taken up to the 15 November, with shortlisted candidates being invited to attend an interview in London in late January.
An application form for a 2010 scholarship can be downloaded from the Nuffield website at www.nuffieldscholar.org.
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