Application form for the NSA Samuel Wharry Memorial Award for the Next Generation – 2019/2020 travel bursary

National Sheep Association (NSA) and the Company of Merchants of the Staple of England (the Staple) are excited to invite applications for the NSA Samuel Wharry Memorial Award for the Next Generation 2019/2020 in the form of two £2,750 travel bursaries.

We are looking for young people with a passion for the sheep sector. They must be actively farming and/or employed in a sheep farming/support role, be interested in the wider industry, and be keen to gain new skills in practical husbandry, business management and/or promotion of sheep farming.

Please complete this online form before midnight on Monday 22nd April 2019. Please note, a photograph of yourself is required alongside your application. When entering your date of birth, use the calendar tool that pops up and move between the months with the arrows that appear when you place your cursor near the top of the tool.

All applicants will be notified of whether they have made it to the next stage of the application process. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a selection interview on Monday 29th April 2019, via phone, Facetime, Skype or WhatsApp video call, and the two successful applicants informed within 48 hours.

Details:

Name *
Date Of Birth *
Address 1 *
Address 2
Town/City *
County *
Postcode *
Telephone *
Email *
NSA Membership Number (it is not a requirement that you are an NSA member to apply, but if you are, please provide your membership number here)
Photograph *
Do you have a valid UK Passport? *
Do you have a full driving licence and access to a vehicle? *
I understand applying for the bursary is a longer-term commitment that going on an overseas study tour. It also involves sharing my experiences with others and maintaining contact with NSA and the Staple in the future? *
Is there anything we need to be aware of, such as health conditions, dates you will be unavailable for travel, other commitments you will need to balance etc? Please list things here or write “None known” *

Questions:

What is your current involvement in the sheep sector and what are your future plans? (400 words max)*
What topic would you like to study, why is it relevant to your sheep farming situation and how would you implement any findings within your own sheep farming situation? (400 words max)*
What do you already know about your chosen topic and its relevance to the UK sheep sector? How might you share the practical findings with other sheep farmers? (400 words max)*
Please outline your travel plans – where do you plan to go, for how long and to see what, and what will the various components roughly cost? (400 words max)*
The Staple has a particular interest in wool production and the related textile industry. If your study topic is not directly linked to wool, what might you learn about wool on your travels? (250 words max)*
What appealed to you about this award and what makes you a suitable candidate? How will you make the most of the opportunity? (250 words max)*

The personal information you have provided in this application will be kept and stored securely on NSA’s database in accordance with the NSA Privacy Policy. By completing the application form, you are consenting to participate in the NSA Wider Interest Group and we may contact you in the future, even after the bursary is awarded.

When you hit “Submit” below you will receive an automated message to confirm we have received your application.

The travel bursaries are offered by NSA Next Generation and the Company of Merchants of the Staple of England.
The travel bursaries are offered by NSA Next Generation and the Company of Merchants of the Staple of England.