Breaking Barriers Scholarship

As part of our commitment to encouraging and supporting diversity and inclusion, OFC launched the landmark Breaking Barriers Scholarship 3 years ago.

For OFC 2023, the Breaking Barriers Scholarship, in partnership with McDonald's UK and Ireland, will increase from 2 to 5 scholarships. This unique opportunity is open for people aged under 30 years old, who identify as Black or Person of Colour (BPOC) and have an interest in the food, farming, and agricultural sector.

Individuals do not have to be working or studying in the sector currently. The Breaking Barriers programme includes the full OFC 2023 Scholars programme (find out more here) plus includes the following:

  1. One day in person/virtual (TBC) Breaking Barriers meetup in early October to introduce one another and design the Breaking Barriers scholarship experience that each person wants.
  2. 2-day Breaking Barriers field trip in October to meet inspirational individuals in the sector and visit enterprises working in the agricultural sector
  3. Monthly Breaking Barriers virtual check-in to share ideas and experiences as a group
  4. Materials including books to help support your future journey

Applications open on 1st September and close 23rd September. Offers of a Breaking Barriers scholarship will be made by end of September 2023.

To apply click here (link will go live on 1st September)



OFC25 will take place from 8th to 10th January 2025, in Oxford and Online.

A programme teaser and tickets are now available by visiting our dedicated conference section.