The John Innes Foundation Undergraduate Bursary Award Scheme


The John Innes Foundation (JIF) Undergraduate Bursary Award Scheme finances one student per year who is taking a three-year degree course in Agriculture, or a related discipline.

The John Innes Foundation Undergraduate Bursary Award Scheme provides a fantastic opportunity for young people.

The John Innes Foundation (JIF) Undergraduate Bursary Award Scheme finances one student per year who is taking a three-year degree course in Agriculture, or a related discipline. This fantastic opportunity provides the successful student not only with a bursary to cover course fees, but also mentoring from Keith Norman, farming consultant and former director at Velcourt UK and work experience opportunities during university breaks, with placements offered at many organisations including NIAB, Hutchinsons and the National Trust Farms.

Hear from former students:

Charlie Rogers, JIF Bursar 2022, Royal Agricultural University: 

‘This prestigious bursary has allowed me to further develop my connections with agricultural businesses and focus more of my finances on improving my practical skills in the land-based sector.’

Maddie Phillips, JIF Bursar 2021, Newcastle University: 

‘The JIF bursary has given me the opportunity and confidence that I need to follow my dream of pursuing a career in agriculture. Coming from a non-farming background; I have worked hard to ensure that I gain as much farm experience as I can, in a range of sectors, outside of term time. This experience, coupled with the ongoing support from Keith Norman and the Foundation, has provided me with the freedom to enter this sector and play an active part in meeting the challenges that face modern farming today. I cannot thank them enough for the help they have given me.’

Rory Lomas, JIF Bursar 2018, Harper Adams University: 

‘Coming from a non-farming background, the bursary has helped me pursue my passion for Agriculture. From offering technical and career advice, to introducing me to an industry leading farm management company, the foundation has been instrumental in helping me progress my career.’

Conditions of the Bursary

The student will be shortlisted and selected through a combination of interview and a written application and will comply with the following criteria:

  • Not from a farming background and a UK National.
  • Have the need for financial assistance to complete the university course.
  • Enrolled on a full time, three-year, BSc (Hons) degree course in either Agriculture, Crop Production or Environmental Science.
  • The bursary student will pursue a career in the UK.
  • The bursary may also be extended to second or third year students, where situations may have changed within the family, making them eligible in terms of financial need.

*Please note that if shortlisted you will be required to provide evidence of financial need to justify the award of the bursary.

The bursary will be paid at the beginning of each term and is discretionary on the student’s progress and attendance record. The bursary will cover the annual cost of the tuition fees, currently £9,250 per annum. The Closing date for applications is Sunday 1 October 2023. Further information is available from Keith Norman, JIF Trustee.

To apply download and complete the application form and send email to

The Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association (RNAA) is appointed by the John Innes Foundation trustees to help promote and administrate the JIF Undergraduate Bursary Award Scheme. By submitting your application you are agreeing to the RNAA contacting you for marketing purposes.

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