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John Innes Foundation - Farming Bursary

Please note: Applications for this scholarship are now closed, for more information please contact the Development Trust Office.

The John Innes Foundation Bursary is now in its 5th year. The Bursary finances one student per year, who wishes to follow a career in either Farm Management, Agronomy, Field trials or Farmed Environmental Services.

The Bursary will cover course fees and will be paid each term to the successful student. The Bursary will be awarded on a competitive basis, and only applicable for students taking on a 3 year degree course (or a 4 year course with a sandwich placement).    Please note: if you are undertaking a placement year, the bursary will NOT be paid that year. 

As well as course fee re-imbursement, the successful student will be mentored by Keith Norman, who will facilitate work experience during the breaks from University term times. Several organisations have offered work experience / placements to students which include Velcourt, NIAB, Hutchinsons and the National Trust Farms.

Conditions of the Bursary

The student will be:-
a. Not from a farming background and of UK origin.
b. From a financially disadvantaged family background.
c. Shortlisted and selected through a combination of interview and a written application.
d. Enrolled on a full time, 3 year, BSc(Hons) degree course in Agriculture, Agriculture with Farm Business Management, Agriculture with Crop Management or Environmental Land Management
e. The degree course will commence Autumn 2021

The Bursary

  • The bursary would be paid at the beginning of each term and is discretionary on the student's progress and attendance record
  • The bursary would cover the annual cost of the Course Fee, currently £9,000 per annum

The students' progress will be monitored at the end of each academic year and they will be expected to present a short presentation of their progress to the JIF Trustees.  After graduation, the student will make an annual report to the Trustees on their career progress.

CLOSING DATE: 30th November 2021


How to apply

Please complete the attached application form (found under 'Downloads') and email it to:

Keith Norman -

Contact details

For further information on this scholarship please contact:

Development Trust Office

Tel: +44(0)1952 81 5095

Closing date

Tuesday 30 November 2021


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