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Scholarships

BACKGROUND

LIC is a premium supplier of improved germplasm, herd testing, and herd management and information services to New Zealand dairy farmers.

LIC is also one of the world's largest integrated dairy cattle breeding companies.

Pioneering scientific research, particularly in genetics, is a core part of LIC's success and standing, both in New Zealand and internationally.

Since its formation in the early 1900s, LIC has traditionally attracted some of the best scientific minds in the world.

Today the company's talented Research & Development team is actively involved in the areas of bioinformatics, machine learning, animal breeding, quantitative genetics, reproductive biology, and genomics and sequencing.

These disciplines support the innovative development of products and services, and define the future of dairying through new science such as the use of genomics and sequencing in animal improvement.

 

 

The Scholarship & Studentship Programmes

LIC's scholarships  are awarded to between two and four students each year, who best-meet the selection criteria.

The programmes aim to:

  • Demonstrate the value of advanced intellectual skills in agriculture, mathematics, statistics, machine learning, bioinformatics, and science highlighting the importance of each field to both LIC's, and New Zealand's future.
  • Bring into sharp focus the contribution that statistics, bioinformatics, quantitative genetics, and animal breeding make to knowledge-creation and growth within LIC, both now and in the future.
  • Encourage stronger links between institutions and LIC by providing incentives to education providers.
  • Increase the supply of highly trained graduates in the area of quantitative genetics, machine learning, bioinformatics, agriculture and animal science with the possibility of developing a career with LIC.

Find out more about the Patrick Shannon Scholarship Programme
Find out more about the Livestock Improvement Doctoral Studentship Programme
Find out more about the Brian Aspin Memorial Scholarship
 

 

The Patrick Shannon Scholarship

The Livestock Improvement Patrick Shannon Scholarship Programme bears the name of one of the most remarkable and innovative bovine geneticists and reproductive biologists in the world.

Dr Shannon joined Livestock Improvement in the mid-1950s, and made a variety of world-breaking discoveries, which continue to provide vitality and profitability to the New Zealand dairy industry.

Funding provisions and identification of candidates

  • Scholarships will be distributed on the basis of one-off grants of $5,000 to successful students in their fourth (Honours) year or $10,000 (in progressive payments) for Masterates.
  • A Selection Panel from LIC's Research and Development team will assess applications according to the criteria outlined below.
  • Where feasible, successful candidates will be encouraged to undertake one month's paid work at LIC's premises near Hamilton, prior to, or at the end of, their Scholarship period.
  • The successful student(s) will be required to present the findings of their dissertation or thesis to LIC, and make a copy of the dissertation or thesis available for the LIC Library.

 

Criteria for selection

  • Academic excellence, with special emphasis on mathematics, statistics, machine learning, or science; records should be accompanied by a recommendation from the university’s relevant head of department.
  • A commitment to working in the genetics or machine/analytical learning arena or other areas of interest to LIC.
  • The student will use the scholarship grant towards completing his/her final year of study and gaining a qualification enabling him/her to enrol in a PhD programme.
  • The student is a New Zealand citizen or resident, and legally able to work in New Zealand at the completion of their studies.

 

For application queries please contact
Kerri Brown
Personal Assistant
Research & Development Group
Livestock Improvement Corporation Ltd
Private Bag 3016
Hamilton 3240

Ph: 07-856-0841
Fax: 07-856-0640
Email: kbrown@lic.co.nz

Applications are advertised in September each year and close on 15 November.

 

The Livestock Improvement Doctoral Studentship Programme

LIC offers the Doctoral Studentship Programme, which focuses on top PhD (and possibly Masters) candidates as potential successors for key science roles within LIC.

The programme sees candidates work on an internship within LIC for up to a year, then commence their post-graduate studies, possibly at an overseas university, fully supported by LIC.

A relevant, full time position will be made available upon their return to New Zealand, and in return for this support, the successful candidate will be bonded on a year-for-year basis.

Throughout both the internship and for the duration of the post-graduate study, progress of the candidate will be subject at all times to formal and regular reviews.

Criteria for selection 

  • Academic excellence with special emphasis on mathematics/statistics and science disciplines; should be accompanied by a recommendation from the relevant University Head of Department.
  • A commitment to working on an agreed topic.
  • The student is, or is eligible to become, a New Zealand citizen or resident legally able to work in New Zealand, during both periods of employment and no immigration issues with studying overseas.
  • Top candidates meeting criteria 1 – 3 above will be invited to an interview with the Selection Panel from LIC to confirm the applicant’s suitability for a future role with the organisation. 
  • In addition to employment, LIC will provide the candidate with appropriate academic support and mentoring, as well as access to facilities to enable him/her to undertake the nominated programme of study and research.
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For application queries please contact
Kerri Brown
Personal Assistant
Research & Development Group
Livestock Improvement Corporation Ltd
Private Bag 3016
Hamilton 3240

Ph: 07-856-0841
Fax: 07-856-0640
Email: kbrown@lic.co.nz

Vacancies for the studentship programme are advertised as positions become available.

 


The Brian Aspin Memorial Scholarship

Brian Aspin was a passionate dairy farmer who had a 38 year association with LIC.

He was an AB Technician, an AB Supervisor, Liaison Farmer and then a Shareholder Councillor. He died of cancer in 2011.

Brian's widow, Alma, has very generously asked for his legacy with LIC to continue through a Scholarship designed to build agricultural skills and disciplines, which will benefit the dairy industry of the future.

Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC) is a cooperative. The company has a proud history, having pioneered several key initiatives that today provide New Zealand dairy farmers with their competitive edge on the world stage. Examples include the systematic herd testing of milk quality, the distribution of Long Last Liquid (fresh) semen, and the introduction of DNA technology to genomically identify and select elite sires.

LIC works to continuously improve dairy cow performance. A significant part of this responsibility is to provide reproductive solutions that suit the needs of individual farming customers. World-class research has been central to the success and standing of LIC both in New Zealand and internationally and is fundamental to its future.

LIC is honoured to match the $5000 donated by the Aspin family, generating a total scholarship fund of $10,000 per year for two post-graduate students to undertake either Honours or Masters for up to two years study.

Students are required to undertake study at either Massey or Lincoln Universities.

Funding Provisions and Identification of Candidates:

The Aspin Family and LIC will offer scholarships each year to post graduate students; the scholarships will be advertised every January/February with applications due each year on 28 February.

Money will be distributed on the basis of a one-off yearly grant of $5000 each to two Students studying one of the following at honours or masters level:

  • Agriculture
  • Agriculture Science
  • Science (majoring in areas such as, Agricultural Biotechnology, Biochemistry or Animal Science)

 

Students are welcome to reapply for a further years grant if their study is continuing beyond one year.

A report will be required within two months of the end of study outlining the progress and achievements made.

The three person selection committee will comprise of a member of the Aspin family and two members of LIC's Research & Development Group.

Criteria for selection

  • Academic ability with special emphasis on agriculture. This should be accompanied by a completed referee report from the Head of the undergraduate department that has just been completed by the applicant.
  • A commitment to working in the agricultural disciplines arenas.
  • The student/s will use the scholarship grant towards completing his/her post-graduate study.
  • The student is a New Zealand citizen or resident legally able to work in New Zealand at the completion of study.

 

For further information please contact:
Dayle Wilton
Resources Coordinator
Livestock Improvement Corporation Ltd
Private Bag 3016
Hamilton 3240

Ph: 07-856-0700
Email: dwilton@lic.co.nz

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