International Farmlink Travel Bursary

International Farmlink – Funding travel bursaries for individuals and groups.

Who are we and what do we do?

We award two bursaries each year worth up to £2,000 each to help individuals or groups fund international travel to study and learn about farming and agriculture around the world.

Over the past 30 years, we have sent over 200 farming couples and groups on international exchange visits and study tours, fostering understanding and new relationships with other land-based colleagues.

We have funded projects in agriculture, forestry, viticulture, horticulture, estate management, land-based tourism, smallholdings, equipment supply and fisheries.

Reciprocal exchanges are encouraged but trips can also be one-off study tours.

How are bursaries funded?

We are funded by the South of England Agricultural Society, a registered charity that exists to promote agriculture and allied industries and to advance education in agriculture, animal husbandry, horticulture and forestry.

The Society was founded in 1967 from a consolidation of agricultural societies that date back to the 1830s. The Society operates from the South of England Showground, a 150-acre site situated just outside Ardingly village in the heart of the West Sussex countryside.

Who can apply for a bursary?

Bursaries are available to individuals or groups.  Applications are welcome from people of all ages.

How do I apply for a bursary?

Complete the application form and send it by email to or by post to Mrs M Ashdown, International Farmlink Committee, Sackville House, Old Crown Farm, Hartfield, East Sussex, TN7 4AW.

Your application will be reviewed and you will be contacted by the Committee to arrange an interview or notify you if your application has been successful or not.

What type of people and groups have been awarded bursaries?

Here is an example of some of the individuals and groups that have been awarded bursaries with a brief summary of how they used the award.

Mark & Sarah HardyMark and Sarah Hardy of High Weald Dairy and Rob and Clare Bookham of Bookham Fine Foods travelled to Sardinia to study cheese production. They received £2,000. “We would like to thank International Farmlink for supporting this tour. It was extremely interesting and, most of all, valuable to our business.”
Polly DumbreckRod & Polly Dumbreck travelled to Northern Italy to visit producers of cured and air dried bresaola beef. They were awarded £600 towards their costs. “The producers we visited were inspirational and a great help to our business. We were able to see production techniques not practised in the UK “
Chris Foss38 Members of the South East Vineyards Association travelled to France to visit vineyards. The tour, headed by Chris Foss, was awarded a travel bursary of £3,200. “We are extremely grateful for the support to our exciting but young UK wine industry.”
Charles HarrisonDairy farmer, Charles Harrison, has travelled to Australia, America and Canada to study the practical control of Johnes Disease. He was awarded a bursary of £2,000. “The Farmlink Travel Bursary gave me the opportunity to study Johnes Disease on a global level. I recommend anyone to apply if they have a passion to further their agricultural knowledge on an international level. “

ChrisAppleton’s blog about his experiences as he spends a year working on a 1000 cow unit in the Waikato area of New Zealand as part of the milking team, and assisting in day-to-day animal husbandry and grazing, following the Society’s award of a travel bursary last year’.

Yale Brewer 2015 Congratulations to Yale Brewer, who recently achieved a Distinction in his MEng Agricultural Engineering and who has been awarded a £1500 travel bursary to support his travel to Australia and New Zealand to broaden his experience of international agricultural practices and to gain invaluable practical experience of problem solving in the field.


Come and meet us at the South of England Show.

Representatives of International Farmlink welcome you to join them for refreshments at the International Pavilion at the Society’s Annual Show in June each year, where you can find out more about the scheme and meet previous beneficiaries of the scheme.

Good luck. We look forward to hearing from you.