Clonmel Show & Agricultural Society Bursary Scheme
About Clonmel Show
An Agricultural Show has been held in Clonmel since 1865. In 1924 Clonmel Horse and Agricultural Society was registered as a friendly society with the stated objective to promote the improvement of Agriculture and Horticulture in all its branches, including Horses, Cattle, Sheep, Swine, Goats, Poultry, Dogs, Hounds,Farm Produce, Creameries, Bee Keeping, Cottage Industries and related activities.
These objectives were reaffirmed when the society was granted charitable status in 1998.
While the methods employed in many of these disciplines have changed radically since 1924, the underlying aim of the Society remains the promotion of Agriculture, Horticulture, Equine, and related activities. This aim is primarily achieved through the organisation of the annual Show, which takes place on the first Sunday every July.
In 2011, it was decided to adopt a broader approach to the fulfilment of these core objectives with the establishment of a Bursary.
About the Bursary
The Bursary will be known as the Clonmel Show and Agricultural Society Bursary. The Clonmel Show and Agricultural Society Bursary aims to promote development and research across a range of agricultural, horticultural and equine disciplines which mirror the interests of the Clonmel Show and our exhibitors.
Innovative proposals for feasibility studies; study trips; and structured academic, practical or market-based research relating to farm enterprise, agri-tourism or home industries will be especially welcome.
Terms of Reference:
The following are the terms of the ClonmelShow and Agricultural Society bursary. It is not an exhaustive list but the items contained are essential for any applicant to keep in mind. Further information may be found at the frequently asked questions section on the right hand side of your screen.
1. Clonmel Show and Agricultural Society aims to identify five successful bursary recipients annually.
2. The total bursary fund will be a maximum of 15,000 euro in any one year.
3. The number of bursaries awarded will be at the discretion of the Bursary committee .
4. Applications for consideration will be forwarded to and considered by a Bursary Committee, comprising a panel of judges which is completely independent of the Clonmel Show committee. The Bursary Committee will assess applications under the following criteria:
o Quality of the applicant
o Quality of the proposed project
o Demonstrated link of the proposed project with Clonmel Horse Show and Agricultural Society activities: Bursaries will only be awarded to projects that are deemed relevant to the ethos and interests of the Clonmel Horse Show and Agricultural Society and broadly speaking will be in the fields of agriculture, horticulture and equine studies, farm enterprises, agri-tourism or home industries
o The bursary may be used to fund studies/research at home or abroad.
o The Bursary committee may decide not to grant bursary awards, if they consider the projects submitted to be of insufficient merit.
o Candidates may be required to make a presentation on their project to the Bursary committee
5. Applicants must submit an electronic copy of all relevant material as detailed here.
6. Consideration will only be given to applicants from within the catchment area of the Clonmel Show. The relevant area can be seen on the map here.
7. Applicants must have reached their eighteenth birthday at the time of application
8. Canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.
9. Clonmel Horse Show and Agricultural Society may from time to time vary these terms of reference.
10. The management committee of Clonmel Horse Show and Agricultural Society shall review the bursary scheme annually.
11. Successful candidates may be required to present a resume of studies/research tour to the show committee.
12. The Bursary committee may recommend that 50% of the bursary will be paid on award and with the remaining 50% on completion of project.
13. Deadline for submission is: Friday 12th October 2012
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Will projects relating to non-agricultural studies be considered for a bursary?
A. No. bursaries will only be awarded to projects that are deemed relevant to the ethos and interests of the Clonmel Show and broadly speaking will be in the fields of agriculture, horticulture and equine studies.
Q. I live outside the highlighted area on the map. Is there any way for me to qualify?
A. Regretfully, the answer is no. The catchment area reflects the catchment area of the Clonmel Show and no applications will be accepted from outside this area.
Q. Can I apply for bursaries for more than one project?
A. Only one project per applicant will be considered in any one year.
Q. Will the Clonmel Show Committee be reviewing my application?
A. No. The panel of judges are independent of the Clonmel Show. No member of the Clonmel Show committee will have any input into the judging of the applications.
Q. Can I send application by post or in hard copy?
A. No. Applications will only be accepted in electronic format to the following address firstname.lastname@example.org and on the Clonmel Show & Agricultural Society Bursary application form.
Q. I am currently out of the country and may not be ready for the application deadline. Will late entries be accepted.
A. The deadline is a firm one. Applications will not be accepted after the designated time.