Horticulture Postgraduate Studentships Offered
Teagasc signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Horticultural Development Company (HDC) in the UK last year, to increase the levels of co-operation and collaboration between the two organisations for the benefit of the horticulture sectors in Ireland and the UK. This year, as part of the collaboration between the two organisations, a total of four HDC postgraduate studentships and one Teagasc Walsh Fellowship are available for academic institutions to apply for.
Since its inception in 2000, the HDC PhD Studentship Scheme has helped to produce high quality research outputs, based on original ideas, leading to benefits to the horticultural industry. Crucially, the scheme has also delivered high-calibre practically-minded individuals to the industry for employment within both the commercial and academic horticultural arenas. A full list of previous and ongoing HDC Studentships can be found on the HDC website www.hdc.org.uk\studentship-scheme.
The HDC typically offers up to four awards annually for postgraduate research studentships. Academic institutions that undertake research relevant to horticulture are eligible to apply. Applicants must be able to clearly demonstrate that the studentship supports the long-term profitability and sustainability of the horticultural industry. Funding is comparable with that provided by the Research Councils UK.
This year, HDC is pleased to announce that as a result of a joint initiative between the HDC and Teagasc, a 4 year Teagasc Walsh Fellowship (studentship €21,000 per annum ) and a HDC studentship of 3 years (£67,650 over 3 years) are jointly offered, in addition to the HDC offering three studentships in the normal manner. Thus a total of four HDC studentships and one Teagasc Walsh Fellowship are available. Proposals in all areas are welcome but we would be particularly pleased to receive ideas relating to research in the area of ornamental crops and integrated pest management as applied to edible crops. Proposals in other areas will also be considered on their merits. The closing date for applications is 10th September 2012.
The HDC does not make studentship awards directly to students. Candidates for a studentship should address their enquiries to the institution where they would like to undertake a research degree.
For those people interested in applying for the Walsh Fellowship please contact Michael Gaffney at Teagasc (Michael.Gaffney@teagasc.ie) for details of the terms and conditions of this award.
More information on the terms and conditions relating to the HDC awards can be found at www.hdc.org.uk\studentship-scheme