The Gary Sansom Scholarship is a postgraduate scholarship, designed specifically to support the AgriFutures™ Chicken Meat Program industry priorities.


Established in honour of former AgriFutures™ Chicken Meat Advisory Panel Chair and Australian Chicken Meat Federation President, Gary Sansom, the scholarship aims to uncover future chicken meat industry leaders, providing funding and support to make their mark on the industry.

The Gary Sansom Scholarship is named in honour of the late Gary Sansom. 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.


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

Worth up to $35,000, the prestigious Gary Sansom Scholarship will seek to identify high quality students, foster a career pathway in the chicken meat industry and support industry relevant research.

The successful candidate will be a broad thinker, someone who wants to contribute to the Australian chicken meat industry and contribute long term, not just through the outcomes of their own research.

The successful scholar will receive a stipend of up to $35,000 for living expenses and undertake a research project that contributes applied outcomes to the production of chicken meat in Australia. As part of the scholarship, the student will have access to an industry supervisor to support their study and career pathway.

The Gary Sansom Scholarship is open to Australian citizens and permanent residents undertaking a PhD, Masters, Honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline. Students and industry professionals with an interest in, and commitment to, the chicken meat industry are encouraged to apply.

For more information, read the Postgraduate Scholarship Terms & Conditions.



20 January 2020Applications open
31 March 2020Applications close
17-19 May 2020 Successful applicant will be announced at the Poultry Industry Exchange Conference (PIX/AMC 2020).

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.

Applications for the 2019 Gary Sansom Scholarship close on 31 March 2020.

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.

Terms and Conditions
Chicken Meat Program Five-Year RD&E Plan 2019-22
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