The Gary Sansom Scholarship is a postgraduate scholarship designed specifically to support the AgriFutures Chicken Meat Program industry priorities. Applications are now open and close 24 February 2021 at midnight AEDT.

About

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.

Who can apply

The successful recipient will be a broad thinker; someone who wants to contribute to the Australian chicken meat industry long term. We are looking for people who want to make a difference to the chicken meat industry by conducting research which can be readily applied by the industry. Applicants will only be considered if their research has strong industry application. We are looking for people who want to contribute to the industry by providing leadership in the future.

Applicants must be an Australian citizen or resident and enrolled or eligible to enrol at an Australian University undertaking postgraduate study (PhD, Masters or Honours degree or equivalent). In addition, students must be willing to have a member of the Australian chicken meat industry as a supervisor and have a desire to contribute to the Australian chicken meat industry in the long term.

Students and industry professionals with an interest in, and commitment to, the chicken meat industry are encouraged to apply.

Please refer the the terms and conditions. 

 

Timeline

22 December 2020 Applications open
24 February 2021 midnight AEDT Applications close
11-13 April 2021  Successful scholar to be notified

How to apply

Applicants must be an Australian citizen or resident and enrolled at an Australian University undertaking postgraduate study (PhD, Masters or Honours degree or equivalent). In addition, students must be willing to have a member of the Australian chicken meat industry as a supervisor and have a desire to contribute to the Australian chicken meat industry in the long term.

The successful scholar may study part-time if undertaken in conjunction with a current industry position. They may also hold a postgraduate award (that would be rescinded if successful), but be no more than halfway through the chosen course of study. The award is also available to future students, who have not begun their postgraduate studies but are eligible for enrolment in the chosen degree.

Applications for the 2021 Gary Sansom Scholarship close on 24 February 2021 at midnight AEDT.

As part of the application process students are required to outline why you want to contribute to the Australian chicken meat industry, and what you want to gain from undertaking postgraduate study. Two referees must be nominated to support the application.