The Gary Sansom Scholarship aims to uncover future chicken meat industry supporters and leaders, providing funding and a wealth of support to help students make their mark on the industry right from the beginning.
Worth up to $35,000, the prestigious annual Gary Sansom Scholarship seeks to identify high quality students, foster a career pathway in the chicken meat industry and support industry relevant research.
This scholarship was established in honour of the late AgriFutures Chicken Meat Advisory Panel Chair and Australian Chicken Meat Federation President, Gary Sansom, who was a great leader of the chicken meat industry. Mr Sansom was a long-standing supporter of programs encouraging new people in to the chicken meat industry and championed several communication and training initiatives vital to the industry. This scholarship in his honour aims to do just that, encourage new people into the chicken meat industry and support them to build a thriving career in the industry.
Each scholar is provided with support and opportunities:
- A stipend of up to $35,000 for living expenses while undertaking a research project that contributes applied outcomes to the production of chicken meat in Australia.
- Attendance at poultry industry conferences and inclusion in Poultry Hub activities.
- An industry supervisor (coordinated by AgriFutures Australia)who will provide career pathway support and insights into the industry. This is in addition to your existing academic supervisor.
- Career pathway assistance post-scholarship and studies; AgriFutures Chicken Meat Program will assist the scholar in making contact with industry members in areas where the scholar is interested in pursuing a career, as well as providing networking opportunities throughout the scholarship period.
The scholarship will support Mr Sansom’s vision for the industry – to ensure it is valued and respected by all sectors and the Australian community. It aims to develop leadership in the research community.