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O’Neill Launches 2013 Postgraduate Research Awards

Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Michelle O’Neill today launched the annual Postgraduate Agricultural and Food Studentships 2013.
Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Announcing the awards, the Minister said: “The principal aim of our Scheme is to provide our best students with the opportunity to undertake a PhD, in an area of research relevant to our needs and those of the wider agri-food industry.

“My Department’s support for the Scheme demonstrates our ongoing commitment to investment in the agri-food science base. We currently fund 23 PhD students who are carrying out three year research projects and will offer a further eight awards for research commencing in October 2013.”

Carley Bailie from Greyabbey completed her DARD funded PhD earlier this year. Her research examined the influence of environmental enrichment on the behaviour, health and welfare of broiler chickens. Carley said: “The three years of research were really hard work, but the end result was very rewarding and my results will be of value to the local poultry industry. I want to thank the local poultry producers and commercial partners for their co-operation and also DARD for funding me during the three years. I would strongly recommend anyone interested in specialising in agriculture and food research to apply for one of these awards.”

Applicants for the 2013 Research Awards must meet one of 22 DARD’s Postgraduate Studentship Priority Research Areas for 2013. Details of these and currently funded projects, along with application forms and terms and conditions for the Postgraduate Agricultural and Food Studentships 2013, are available from our Website or by email to or by telephone on (028) 9052 4432.

Applicants must submit their application to DARD by 5pm on Tuesday 19th February 2013. Late applications will not be considered by the Department.

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