Call now open:

AHDB invites applications for Postgraduate Studentship Projects

AHDB intends to fund in the region of 15 PhD studentships, starting in 2017 to deliver new experts and science with practical benefits.

AHDB provides support to a number of postgraduate students who are engaged in 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 will be expected to demonstrate that their proposals meet the priorities of at least one of the AHDB sector divisions participating in the programme. The specific priorities are detailed on the sector websites. Applications that address issues in more than one sector are also welcomed.

Funding levels

AHDB funding equates to £70,500 per studentship, which may be split over 3 or 4 years.

The AFCP Award: One of the new PhD studentships to be awarded from the current call will be funded jointly by AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds and the AgriFood Charities Partnership.  To be eligible for this special award in 2016, applications are required to meet additional criteria, available on the Cereals & Oilseeds website.

Application process

Applications should be sent by email to studentships@ahdb.org.uk on or before 12pm on Monday 19th September 2016. Please indicate clearly in the subject heading which sector(s) the application is addressed to. All proposals received before the deadline will be reviewed. All organisations will be informed of the results of the selection process on Friday 13th January.

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

For 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 - Industry/Organisation