Aviagen Postgraduate Scholarship

Are you interested in pursuing a rewarding career in Poultry Genetics? If so, Aviagen® invites you to apply for a post-graduate scholarship in Poultry Genetics. This $5,000 annual award is intended to help graduates with a diploma in Poultry Science or related field pursue an advanced degree in Poultry Genetics.

As the world’s leading poultry breeding company, Aviagen is committed to helping you succeed as a student and future poultry industry professional. We develop pedigree lines for the production of commercial broiler chickens under the Arbor Acres®, Indian River®, and Ross® Rowan Range® and Specialty Males® brand names. This broad portfolio of broiler breeding stock is designed to meet the diverse needs of both traditional and niche markets worldwide. Aviagen employs more than 4,600 people and has a distribution network serving customers in more than 100 countries.

To be considered for the scholarship, please submit the following:

  • a completed CPRC Postgraduate Scholarship application form;
  • up to date academic transcripts (these may follow your application by mail if necessary);
  • a two-page résumé describing your career goals and academic and extracurricular activities that support your interests in poultry genetics research; and
  • a statement of endorsement from your research supervisor describing why you are particularly suitable for this award
  • Outline of Proposed Research (see application form)
  • Contributions and Statements (see application form)


We are not accepting applications at this time but check back as we will be holding another call for applications soon.



2019 Aviagen Postgraduate Scholarship was awarded to Jeffrey Friend. Jeffrey is a PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Clover Bench at the University of Alberta (Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science). Jeffrey’s research aims to phenotype various perching biomechanics in laying hens associated with keel damage using 3D kinematic and identify potentially associated genotypes and rearing environments. The main goal of his work is to determine if perching biomechanics cause keel damage and identify which perching phenotypes and potential genomic biomarkers are associated with improved bone and keel health. The results of his study may lead to recommendations on genomic markers which could be usable to improve laying hen welfare through selection and provide management recommendations for egg producers.

2018 The inaugural Post Graduate Scholarship for Poultry Genetics was awarded to Midian Nascimento dos Santos. Midian is a Ph.D. student under the supervision of Dr. Stephanie Torrey at the University of Guelph. In her current doctoral project, she has been evaluating and comparing the welfare and health of different genotypes of broiler chickens. The main goal of her research is to improve the welfare of broiler chickens, while considering the sustainability of poultry production. In addition, the results obtained in her study will lead to scientific-based recommendation on the use of better genetic selection program and management strategies in broiler production.