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Drought Resilience Scholarship Program

The Drought Resilience Scholarship Program, proudly funded by the Future Drought Fund (FDF) in partnership with Nuffield Australia, announces its call for applications for the 2025 cohort. This initiative underscores a concerted effort to bolster the capabilities of farmers and professionals within the food and fibre industries, equipping them with essential knowledge and tools to navigate the challenges posed by drought and climate variability.

With a clear focus on enhancing drought resilience and fostering sustainability in agriculture, the program is tailored for individuals aged between 28 and 45 who are actively engaged in farming or related industries. The primary aim is to empower participants to explore innovative solutions and best practices that mitigate the impacts of drought while ensuring the long-term viability of agricultural enterprises.

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The Future Drought Fund (FDF) represents a pivotal investment in Australia’s resilience against the impacts of drought. Established with a forward-looking vision, the FDF is a cornerstone of the government’s commitment to proactively addressing the challenges posed by drought and climate variability. Through strategic funding initiatives and innovative programs, the FDF aims to build drought resilience across communities, industries, and landscapes.

Application Deadline: 31 May 2024.

Brief Description

  • University or Organization: Nuffield Australia
  • Department: N/A
  • Course Level: Professional Development
  • Award: Up to 10 scholarships valued at $40,000 each
  • Access Mode: Online
  • Number of Awards: Up to 10
  • Nationality: Open to applicants from Australia
  • The award can be taken in: Various locations overseas for study and research


  • Eligible Countries: Australia
  • Acceptable Course or Subjects: Any subject related to drought resilience and agricultural sustainability offered by the host institutions
  • Admissible Criteria: Applicants must:
  • Be farmers or professionals working in the food and fibre industries
  • Be between 28 and 45 years old
  • Demonstrate a commitment to enhancing drought resilience and adapting to climate change in their respective fields

How to Apply

Interested candidates can apply by visiting nuffield.com.au/how-to-apply. Applications for the 2025 Nuffield Drought Resilience Scholarships close on May 31, 2024.


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The scholarship provides financial support of $40,000 to successful applicants, enabling them to undertake overseas study and research on drought resilience topics. Additionally, scholars will have the opportunity to learn from international leaders in the field, enhancing their knowledge and skills in managing drought and building agricultural resilience.

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