AHDB invites applications for Postgraduate Studentship Projects – NOW CLOSED

AHDB intends to fund around fifteen PhD studentships, starting in 2016, to deliver new experts and science with practical benefits.

AHDB provides support to a number of postgraduate students who are engaged on research projects relevant to the agriculture and horticulture sectors which we represent. This invitation is open to all UK universities, colleges and research institutes, although it is expected that organisations will be able to demonstrate a record of excellence in the specific area of research as well as in providing high-quality and well-managed research degree programmes.

The aim of this programme is to:

  • Deliver useable scientific developments that are relevant to industry priorities
  • Help develop the next generation of technical experts for the agriculture and horticulture industries.

Applicants were expected to demonstrate that their proposals meet the priorities of at least one of the AHDB sector divisions participating in the programme:

Please note that AHDB Pork is not actively seeking applications for PhD studentships however, it welcomes ideas for potential research projects. Contact Charlotte.West@ahdb.org.uk for more information.

Funding levels

AHDB recognises that the Research Councils UK levels of funding represent a fair cost for a PhD studentship. Currently this is £23,109 per annum (comprising a stipend of £14,057, indicative fees of £4,052 and experimental costs of £5,000 based on BBSRC awards). It should be noted that not all AHDB divisions can fund at these levels and applicants should check the sector websites for the levels of award available. Applicants were expected to indicate their plans to meet any shortfall between the AHDB award available and these rates.

Applicants interested in co-funding opportunities with agricultural charities can find out more at www.afcp.co.uk/ahdb-2015

Application process

Applications are now closed. All proposals received will be reviewed and all organisations will be informed of the results of the selection process by 13 January 2016.

Proposal form and guidelines

If you are a student with a project idea please discuss this with your institute/university as we do not accept applications direct from students.

Enquiries and further information

If you need any further information, or details of the contractual terms for these awards, please contact us at: studentships@ahdb.org.uk indicating to which sector(s) your question is addressed.

Click here to see a copy of a draft AHDB Studentship agreement - Academic Institutions

Click here for a copy of a draft AHDB Studentship agreement - Organisation

You can also link here to an AHDB Blog written by Dr Jasmeet Kaler, a former student, about the benefits of her AHDB PhD studentship programme.