Henry Plumb Foundation:

The Henry Plumb Foundation has been formed with its official launch at the House of Lords on 25th October 2012. Its target is to raise £2million, with the annual income used to provide scholarships and bursaries to young people and a mentoring network, all to deliver against 4 key aims:

  • To improve the communication skills of young people (aged 18-35)
  • To identify and encourage young entrepreneurs who do not have the circumstances to go forward without help.
  • To allow young people to understand the characteristics required to ensure successful leadership and to recognise the power of teams of people.
  • To help graduates to obtain relevant post-graduate training that will give them the skills to lead in the UK or overseas.

Follow this link to download an application form


Studley College Trust

Applicants must be:

  • British or Irish national who are enrolled as students of a college or university (Harper Adams University, Duchy College, Warwickshire College, Reaseheath College and Sparsholt College)
  • Aged 18 to 30
  • Have relevant practical experience and/or from a strong rural background
  • Having their career obstructed by a lack of funs, having utilised available allowances, loans and other financial support
  • Following a land based course which will advance their career and benefit the UK industry.
  • Committed to a UK land based career which would normally fit into one of the supported categories (agriculture, horticulture, forestry, fish farming, agri food, agricultural marketing, arboriculture, agricultural engineering)
  • Application form and website for more details or contact

Nuffield Farming Scholarship

NUFFIELD FARMING SCHOLARSHIPS award around 20 individuals each year with the opportunity to research topics of interest in farming, food, horticulture or rural sectors. Scholars are able to travel anywhere in the world, visiting one or more countries in order to further knowledge and understanding, with a view to advancing their respective industries.

  • You are eligible to apply for a UK Nuffield Farming Scholarship if you meet the following criteria:
  • UK resident aged between 22 and 45 years old (inclusive) at the application date,
  • Working in farming, rural land-based industries, food industries or agricultural associated industries as an owner, manager or employee,
  • Engaged for at least two years in a relevant sector with the intention of remaining involved in the industry,
  • Be three years post tertiary education

The Nuffield Scholarship provides an opportunity to:

  • Unlock individual potential and broaden horizons through study and overseas travel
  • Stand back from the day-to-day routine and study a subject of personal interest
  • Have access to the world’s leaders in food and farming
  • Deliver benefits to agricultural and related industries through knowledge transfer

If this unique opportunity appeals to you, and you meet the criteria set out in the ‘essential information’ please complete the ONLINE application form.

Dairy Crest and National Farmers Union Scholarship Fund

  • Available to students of all ages who are undertaking further education courses relating to the dairy industry.
  • Sons and daughters of farmers or farm employees living in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset are eligible to apply for the fund.
  • Application forms can be obtained from Adela Booth by email
  • Applications must be made annually by 12 August and eligible applicants will be interviewed by a representative from the fund.
  • Contact Adela Booth for more details 01363 776623

Dyke Exhibition Foundation

  • The Foundation makes awards to students who are undertaking courses in Further Education. The awards are made for a maximum period of three years and are for the general use of students to assist with fees, accommodation, purchase of books and equipment, travelling or any other expense incurred by the student.
  • Applicants must be aged 16 or over but under 25 at the date of application and at the beginning of the latest year for which award is applied.
  • Applicants must be resident in Somerset, Devon or Cornwall at the date of application, and must satisfy at least one of these requirements :-
  • (i) The Applicant must have been born in Somerset, Devon or Cornwall,


  • (ii) The Applicant must have been resident in Somerset, Devon or Cornwall for at least 3 years before the date of application,


  • (iii) The Applicant must have been attending a school in Somerset, Devon or Cornwall for at least 2 years before the date of application
  • All applications are considered on merit but preference is given to Applicants who are, or who are about to become, undergraduates of Oxford University or any other University.

Application forms and details of closing date can be obtained by sending a stamped addressed envelope to:

Christopher Stanley-Smith
Brewin Dolphin Ltd
The Paragon

 The Farmers Club- Pinnacle Awards 

  • The Farmers Club Pinnacle Awards now in their 17th year are a regular fixture in the academic calendar and present a unique challenge for students to demonstrate their potential.
  • These Awards provide students who are planning  to work in the agricultural industry an opportunity to demonstrate their potential and receive a valuable cash prize. Students who enter are encouraged to develop innovative, competitive and realistic business strategies that also meet the wider environmental requirements.
  • Participation should involve very little additional work. Tutors select and submit up to two projects which may form part of normal coursework.

Who can enter?

  • The awards are open to full-time students on a college or university course that is related to the rural economy who will complete a practically based business related project as part of their course during the academic year 2013/2014.
  • Students are entered on the recommendation of their college or university as having undertaken a project of a high standard which is suitable for assessment in competition with others.
  • Entries from group based projects are permitted, with the interview and presentation being open to only one member of the group.
  • See link for more details and application form
  • First place receives the Nickerson Cup and The Farmers Club GOLD Student Pinnacle Award of £2000.
  • Second place receives The Farmers Club SILVER Student Pinnacle Award of £1000.
  • Third place receives The Farmers Club BRONZE Student Pinnacle Award of £600.

Douglas Bomford Trust 

  • The overall objective of the Trust is to advance knowledge, understanding, practice, competence and capability in the application of engineering and physical science to agriculture, horticulture, forestry, amenity and allied land based and biological activities for the sustainable benefit of the environment and mankind.

To be eligible, individuals must:

  • Demonstrate a long-term commitment to the areas of concern to the Trust
  • Demonstrate that all appropriate sources of funding are being pursued
  • Indicate the benefits or outcomes that Trust funding will achieve both personally, and towards the overall objectives of the Trust
  • Demonstrate the ability and intention to achieve those outcomes
  • Have some connection with the United Kingdom through nationality, residency, or place of learning/registration.
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Agriculture: Is the science and business of cultivating soil, producing crops, and raising livestock.

Agribusiness: is a generic term applied to businesses involved in some or all of the following agricultural production systems: crop production, including farming and contract farming, seed supply, agrichemicals, farm machinery, wholesale and distribution,processing, marketing, and retail sales.

Agronomist: is a person who engages in the scientific study of plants and plant materials as fuel, feed and food. Do you love studying plants and want to know more about the impact it has on agriculture? If so, you may want to consider agronomy as a career choice.

Apprenticeship:   is a real job with training so you can earn while you learn and pick up some recognised qualifications as you go…

Artificial Insemination: is the introduction of male reproductive cells into the female reproductive tract by artificial means,commonly abbreviated AI.

CV: a curriculum vitae (CV)  is a written document that provides an overview of a person’s experience and other qualifications. It is typically the first item that a potential employer encounters.

Farm assurance: are voluntary schemes which establish production standards covering food safety, environmental protection, animal welfare issues and other characteristics deemed to be important by consumers.   

Further Education: Education above school age but below university level.

Herds-person : refers to someone who works with the daily maintenance, health and breeding of dairy and beef cattle.

Higher Education: education at universities or similar educational establishments, especially to degree level.

Horticulture :  is the science, technology, and business involved in intensive plant cultivation for human use.

Husbandry:  is the science of breeding and caring for farm animals.

Land-based: is the term used for a vocational agricultural based courses.

Quota-milk: Every country in the EU has a limit to the amount of milk that is allowed to be produced- this is its quota. The total quota is divided up between all the dairy farmers in the country- individual quota is the number of litres of milk they are allowed to produce each year- there are penalties for producing too much.

Ruminant: An animal that ‘ chews the cud’, they digest more of a plant than single stomached animals by having a rumen ( the first of 4 stomach chambers) where the plant material they have eaten are fermented by micro organisms to produce proteins and sugars the animal can digest.

Silage: Grass or other crops that have been cut, allowed to wilt but not completely dry out and are preserved in plastic wrapping or in a large clamp or pit. Silage is fed to livestock in the winter when fresh grass is not available

Traineeship:  is an unwaged education and training programme with work experience that is focused on giving young people the skills and experience that employers are looking for.

Vocational Education: is education that prepares people for specific trades, crafts and careers at various levels from a trade, a craft, technician, or a professional position.

Zero grazing: Fields of grass are grown but the animals are not allowed to graze them. Instead grass is cut regularly and taken to the animals.