AHDB studentship funding call offers £750,000 for academic institutions

AHDB has called for academic institutions to apply for a fund of almost £750,000 to support up to 10 PhD studentships, to shape the long-term future of the industry.

Starting in 2020, the studentships will deliver the next generation of experts and develop science with practical benefits across agriculture and horticulture.

The 10 studentships will focus on the core research priorities identified by AHDB, which include integrated pest management, data, genetics, environment, animal health and welfare and business.

Dr. Bill Parker, AHDB director of research, said: “We have coordinated our research priorities between sectors, and this call for new scientific talent acknowledges that the landscape we work within is rapidly changing.

“We also have a focus on changing industry behaviour, whether that is increasing adoption of integrated pest management, utilising data and technology or improving labour management.”

The invitation is open to all UK universities, colleges and research institutes.

Organisations will be expected to demonstrate a record of excellence in the specific area of research as well as providing high-quality and well-managed research degree programmes.

Similar to last year, AHDB is collaborating with the AgriFood Charities Partnership (AFCP) to co-fund a PhD studentship in a topic relevant to both either ammonia and/or carbon in the environment and responsible antibiotic use in calves.

How to apply

Send queries and applications to: [email protected]. For applications visit: www.ahdb.org.uk/phd-studentships.

The deadline for submissions is before midday on Monday, September 30, 2019. The results of the selection process will be announced by Wednesday, January 8, 2020.