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Colin Holmes Dairy Scholarship

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Closing date: 31/12/2020   

Focus
Research on farm production.

Level of Study
Postgraduate.

Purpose
The Colin Holmes Dairy Scholarships encourage postgraduate research that will benefit the dairy industry.

Background
The scholarships are named after Professor Colin Holmes in recognition of his outstanding service to the dairy industry during his 40-year research and lecturing career at Massey University prior to his retirement in 2007.
The scholarships were developed in 2009 by the Board of Trustees for the Westpac Taranaki Agricultural Research Station (now the Dairy Trust Taranaki, DTT), with DairyNZ co-funding these scholarships from 2017.

Value and Tenure
The value of a scholarship is up to $20,000 as funds permit.
The scholarships normally take the form of both a stipend and a contribution towards research costs, with the proportion used for stipend and research costs determined depending on the circumstances of the project involved.
The scholarships are awarded for one year, and eligible recipients are encouraged to reapply again in subsequent years. Scholarships are not awarded in those years where there are no suitable applicants.

Typical Number on Offer
Typically, two scholarships will be awarded per year.

Eligibility
Applicants must be enrolled at postgraduate level in studies on farm production topics beneficial to the dairy industry, and where the research component of the course will occupy the full year (master and doctoral programmes).
Preference may be given to applicants who carry out at least part of their studies in conjunction with existing research being undertaken at the Dairy Trust Taranaki Gibson Farm at Whareroa, Hawera.

Selection Criteria
In recommending applicants, the Applied Academic Programmes Scholarships Committee, College of Science, will take into account academic merit and other scholarships and bursaries held by the applicants.

Selection Committee
Applications are initially considered by the Applied Academic Programmes Scholarships Committee, College of Science, which recommends a shortlist of applicants to members of the DTT and DairyNZ.

Conditions of the Scholarship
The first payment of the stipend is made in May, followed by equal-sized instalments every two months for a year.
The component of the award to be used for research costs is paid in two equal instalments to the chief supervisor of the applicant, one in May and the other six months later following satisfactory progress reporting to DTT and DairyNZ, via the DairyNZ Academic Committee.

Closing Date
10 March

Application cannot be accepted before 30/09/2020.

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