Cotton’s Nuffield Scholar encourages growers to consider 2015 scholarships (2 June 2014)

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Applications are now open for the 2015 Nuffield Scholarships, and current Nuffield scholar and cotton grower Nigel Corish is encouraging growers to put up their hands for the Nuffield scholarship place supported by CRDC and Cotton Australia.

Despite only being at the start of his 2014 Nuffield Scholarship experience, Nigel already considers the program a ‘life-changing experience’.

Nigel, from Goondiwindi QLD, is currently on the Global Focus Program (GFP), travelling with fellow Australian and international Nuffield scholars on a world tour of agriculture.

“I’m part of the China focus group, so we’re travelling to the Philippines, China, Canada, the Netherlands, Washington DC, France and Ireland,” he says.

Earlier this year, Nigel attended the Nuffield Contemporary Scholars Conference, with current scholars from around the world visiting Sydney and Canberra to talk agriculture.

“It’s been excellent to step outside the cotton industry and away from the farm – you can learn a great deal from other industries, it’s been quite remarkable how the same challenges keep coming up and the issues they face are the things we face at home too. It’s not all about travelling, it’s about improving your business and improving leadership, so the benefits are amazing,” Nigel says.

Importantly, Nigel says with planning and organisation, farmers can make time to step outside their business and family to do a Nuffield Scholarship.

“I thought no way would I be able to get organised enough, obviously having a young family and family commitments at home, it’s a huge personal commitment, but put your hand up and give it a go - it’s a life-changing experience and you’ll never look back,” he says.

Following the GFP, Nigel will spend a further 10 weeks studying soil and fertiliser nutrition in irrigated cotton crops.

Applications for the 2015 Nuffield Australia scholarship program opened on 1 April, and run through to 30 June 2014, for travel in 2015. There will be up to 25 scholarships offered by Nuffield Australia, sponsored by a range of Australia’s leading primary sector organisations – including one scholarship position jointly funded by CRDC and Cotton Australia for an Australian cotton grower.

For more information and selection guidelines, visit, email or call (03) 5480 0755.