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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 objective of the John Innes Foundation Bursary is to establish an ongoing award to finance one student per year, who wishes to follow a career in Primary Crop Production in the UK, as opposed to an academic, research or overseas career.

The bursary will cover course fees and will be paid each term to the successful student.  It 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 couse fee re-imbursement, the successful student will be given the opportunity of working closely with Velcourt, the UK's largest Farm Management Company.

Conditions of the Bursary

The student will be:

  • Not from a farming background and of UK origin
  • From a financially disadvantaged family background (a student wishing to embark on a career in crop production / farm management who is not from a privileged background financially, and where the Bursary would make a real difference)
  • Shortlisted and selected through a combination of interview and written application
  • Mentored periodically throughout their degree by Keith Norman, one of the trustees, who has worked in crop production for nearly 40 years.
  • Given the opportunity to work for Velcourt during summer holidays and be considered for the Velcourt management training scheme following graduation
  • Enrolled on a full time, 3 or 4 year BSc (Hons) degree course in Agriculture/Crop Production
  • The degree course will commence Autumn 2019

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: Wednesday 30 October 2019


How to apply

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

Keith Norman, Technical Director, Velcourt Ltd at the following address -

Contact details

For further information on this scholarship please contact:

Development Trust Office

Tel: +44(0)1952 81 5095

Closing date

Wednesday 30 October 2019

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