Nursten Food Security

The Nursten Fulbright Postgraduate Student Award at the University of Florida – College of Agricultural and Life Sciences provides a full tuition fee waiver and living expenses for UK graduates to pursue a master’s degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) at the school.

This award is possible through generous legacy gifts by Harry and Jean Nursten. Harry Nursten was a Fulbrighter and a leading food scientist who chaired the University of Reading’s Food Science Department for 16 years. His experiences as a Fulbright Scholar were transformative both to his career and to food science in the UK. Jean Nursten was a noted sociologist who was also affiliated with the University of Reading. Both were committed to advancing knowledge, promoting civic engagement and developing students to be compassionate leaders, central values of the US-UK Fulbright Commission.

The UK awardee of the Nursten Food Security Award will be partnered with the US awardee of the Fulbright University of Reading Award in food security. Both awards are supported by gifts from the Nursten family. Both awardees will be required to jointly produce content or organise an event that showcases food security research to the wider public, in a truly transatlantic exchange.

The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences has a proven reputation for granting graduate degrees to students who want to advance their industry in agriculture, natural resources and the life sciences. The university is the 6th ranked public university in the US News & World Report rankings and 14th ranked Best Global University (US Publics) in the US News Best Global Universities and 23rd among the World’s Top 1,000 Universities among Public American Association of Universities.

The MS programme offers tracks in both Food Science and Nutritional Sciences. The Institute of Food Technologists and the American Society for Nutrition recognize these concentrations. Specific areas of study include food processing/engineering, food chemistry/biochemistry, food safety/microbiology/quality, nutrition biochemistry/molecular biology, nutrition function/metabolism, medical nutrition therapy/dietetics, and nutrition immunology.

Our comprehensive MS programme offers highly qualified students the opportunity to pursue their studies in an environment that is highly supportive of student success. Our graduate cohort is a diverse group of energetic and intellectually curious student-scientists. Our programmes combine classes, taught by effective and enthusiastic instructors and research, guided by top scientists in their field. Students graduating with an MS in FSHN go on to industry positions, further academic pursuits, or government positions in regulatory agencies

The Food Science and Human Nutrition department is located on the main campus in Gainesville, FL. Gainesville offers the charm of a small town with the international sophistication of a large city. Orlando is 2 hours south of campus and the Atlantic and Gulf beaches are only 90 minutes away.

The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is one of the most comprehensive colleges of its kind in the nation. Students will learn from renowned faculty and create an unparalleled learning experience to launch their career upon graduation.

Grant amount

  • Full tuition and all mandatory fees waiver (including the application fee)

The awardee will receive a stipend of up to $36,000 for two years as well as an airfare grant of $1,000.

For more information about making an application, visit our How to Apply page.


A word from a UFL alumna

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Rosy Ellis (2020-21), University of Florida, Global Wales All Disciplines Award