The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is looking for new research projects after making up to £1m available for its postgraduate studentship programme.

The search is on for new research projects. Image: Pixabay/Wobogre

The call for around 15 PhD studentships is open to all research institutes, universities and colleges to install students by the start of the 2016/17 academic year.

Applicants will be expected to show their proposals meet the research priorities of at least one of the AHDB divisions taking part in the programme, namely beef, lamb, cereals and oilseeds, horticulture, dairy and potatoes.  

The aim of the AHDB studentship programme is to deliver useable scientific developments that are relevant to the priorities of industry. It also wants to develop the next generation of technical experts for the agriculture and horticulture industries.

The latest call for new projects will close on September 14, with successful projects announced in January 2016.

Head of research and development at AHDB beef and lamb Kim Matthews said: “Supporting the next generation of scientists and delivering relevant and practical research to levy payers is an important part of AHDB’s long-term strategy.

“Many of our PhD students go on to develop successful careers in agriculture and horticultural research. We are looking for a high standard of applications that can demonstrate an understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing farmers, growers and processors.”  

For full details on how to make an application to the AHDB studentship programme (including a PhD studentship proposal form and proposal guidelines) visit  

For further information, or details of the contractual terms for these awards, applicants are invited to email, indicating which AHDB sector the query is addressed to in the subject heading.  

Students with a project idea should discuss them with their institute/university/college in the first instance since AHDB does not accept applications directly from students.  

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