GLI opportunity to attend the Organic World Congress, the leading event for the development of the organic sector worldwide

Organic World Congress

The Organic World Congress (OWC) is held to promote and celebrate the inevitable turning of global agriculture to organic farming methods and to measure progress. This open forum offers a global platform for exchange, benefitting a number of different organic stakeholders, including local and global organic movements, farmers, governments, international development agencies, policy-makers, researchers, scientists, and trade.

This event will provide a forum for those interested in sustainable agriculture, sustainable supply chains and trade to interact with policy makers and practitioners alike in fruitful ways that will enrich their professional experience and research skills. As a part of this experience, students will engage with agriculture in the Indian context through visits to farms around New Delhi.

By attending this congress, participants will benefit from the following:

• In-depth exposure to organic farming in India along with one-stop access to global thinking, research and practice on organic farming from around the world.
• Ready access to work being done by governments worldwide to convert agriculture to organic methods which will enable us to identify areas where governments can start funding changes to strengthen organic agriculture.
• See first-hand the planning for converting an entire country's agriculture to organic.
• Access to the latest data through IFOAM - Organics International on organic farming worldwide, including the latest growth data.
• Exposure to seed conservation work that is being carried out within official and non-official seed agencies and networks, especially in the area of open pollinated seeds.


Student Eligibility:
High-achieving students from all departments across the Faculty of Social Sciences, with a demonstrable interest in issues related to sustainable agriculture, sustainable supply chains and trade, as evidenced in their application, are eligible to apply.

Undergraduates students who will be in their 2nd, 3rd or 4th year of study in the academic year commencing September 2017 are eligible to apply.

Please note that final year undergraduates and PGT students graduating in summer 2017 are NOT eligible to apply.

Students who have already attended a GLI summit trip are NOT eligible to apply.

Application Details & Deadline:

Applicants should complete the following online form.

You will then need to send:

• up-to-date CV (2 pages maximum) 
• 500-word essay  - Your essay should discuss an issue of your choice on any of the themes that will be discussed at the conference and why that theme is of particular interest to you.  References are not included in the word count. Applicants may decide upon their own referencing style.
• half-page cover letter

Your cover letter, CV and essay should be combined in ONE document and emailed to under the subject heading 'OWC-GLI Application.'


The online application form must be completed and your cover letter, CV and essay must be submitted by 12 noon, Friday, June 30, 2017.

Shortlisted students will be invited for a 15-minute interview, which will take place on July 10 at the University of Sheffield. Skype interviews will be arranged for July 10 for those who will not be in Sheffield.  Applicants invited for interview will be notified on or before July 3.  

We regret that due to the number of applications we receive we are unable to provide individual feedback on applications at this first stage of the application process.

For more details on preparing an application, see GLI Application Process.

If you have any enquiries about this GLI opportunity, please email:

About the Global Leadership Initiative

The Global Leadership Initiative (GLI) offers Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught students from the Faculty of Social Sciences the opportunity to attend major international summits taking place during the academic year. Accompanied by academic staff, small groups of approximately 8 students will actively engage in these meetings, providing an opportunity for students to gain first-hand experience of international policy debates at the highest level and produce outputs visible to an international audience thereby enhancing their research skills and employability.