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Seed Tech Services Scholarship

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Closing date: 31/12/2020   

Focus
Agricultural plants

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Background
The Seed Tech Services Scholarships were first offered in 2005, and use funding generated by the Seed Tech Services to support postgraduate students specialising in agronomy. Seed Tech Services is a commercial seed testing company that operates from within the Institute of Natural Resources at Massey University, and is accredited to the International Seed Testing Association (ISTA).

Value and Tenure
The value of the scholarship will vary and is dependent on the number of scholarships awarded in one year.
The scholarship is tenable for one year. 

Typical Number on Offer
The number of awards varies and is up to a total value of $15,000 per annum, depending on the number of applicants awarded.

Eligibility
Applicants must be:
•enrolled full-time in a postgraduate programme at Massey University
•undertaking research involving agricultural plants, such as pasture, crops, seeds and trees

Selection Criteria
The selection criterion is academic merit.
Preference may be given to honours students, and to projects that involve some aspect of seed biology or seed technology.
In recommending the award of a scholarship the selection committee may take account of other scholarships and bursaries held by the applicant with a view to achieving a reasonable distribution of available monies among qualifying candidates.

Selection Panel
The scholarship is awarded by the University Scholarships Committee on the recommendation of the Applied Academic Programmes Scholarships Committee, the leader of the Agronomy Teaching Group and a representative from Seed Tech Services.

Conditions of the Scholarship
The scholarship may be held in conjunction with other scholarships, bursaries or awards, so long as these permit co-tenure. 
The Committee may decline to award any scholarships in any year if there are no applicants of sufficient merit to warrant an award.
At the discretion of the University all, or part, of the annual interest may be reinvested in order to maintain the value of the capital fund or the value of the award for subsequent years.
The Applied Sciences Scholarships Committee may withdraw or suspend an award at any time if the recipient fails to make satisfactory progress.
Recipients may apply for the scholarship again in the following year for those programmes longer than 1 year in duration.
The first payment will normally be in May of the year of award. Payments may involve several instalments depending on the size of the award, with later instalments conditional on good progress being made with the programme of study.

Closing Date
10 March

Application cannot be accepted before 30/09/2020.

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