Prizes and Awards
Note: * Applications for 2012 now closed
Awards & Bursaries
Awards & Bursaries
Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) Fellowship
- are you a bright and enthusiastic PhD student working in a food-related area?
- do you have an interest in communicating scientific research?
- would you like the opportunity to work within parliament?
If so, this opportunity may be for you.
What does the fellowship entail?
The successful applicant will spend 3 months working within the POST offices at Westminster, researching and writing briefing material for MPs and Peers on a scientific subject, in the form of one of POST’s well-known POSTnotes, or possibly provide assistance to a parliamentary committee in the Commons or Lords
Food science is a multi-disciplinary area, and there are many diverse areas of close interest to public policy eg global food production, nanotechnology, GM and food labelling.
This is a tremendous opportunity to gain experience in science writing and a direct insight into how Parliament functions.
Who is eligible to apply?
Applicants should be in the second or third year of their PhD studies, undertaking research studies related to Food Science and Technology, at a UK university. Students who are writing up their theses but have not yet graduated are eligible to apply.
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2012-13 Fellow - Daniel Amund, London Met University, Livestock Vaccines
2011-12 Fellow - Anne Richmond, Queen's University, Belfast
2010-11 Fellow - Joanne Edgar, Bristol University – Animal Health & Biosecurity, Livestock Diseases
2008-09 Fellow - Nancy Acosta, Birmingham University - Food Hygiene Standards
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The John Karkalas Award
Applications for 2012 now closed
The IFST John Karkalas Award aims to encourage young food scientists, technologists and engineers, under 30 years of age, studying in Scotland, to travel to and participate in the IFST Scottish Branch Spring Symposium in conjunction with SFDF and REHIS, where they will meet with fellow professionals and have the opportunity to make contact with the extensive range of opportunities and different experience required in the Food world.
The Award will cover the cost of return travel to the venue within Scotland, attendance of the Symposium and lunch on the day. Full details of the Symposium will be sent to the successful candidate, along with all organisational arrangements.
The successful applicant will be asked to submit a short report, after the Symposium, outlining the major points of interest of the experience, from their perspective, and make any suggestions for future improvements to the way students can be more involved in, get better return from and make more contribution to the activities of Scottish Branch IFST.
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Professional Food Sensory Group – Travel Bursary 2013
Value of Award: a prize of £500 plus associate membership to IFST for one year on production of report of conference attended
Eligibility: UK based graduate students enrolled full-time or part-time on a Food Science or related course. Applicants must have submitted an abstract on their research for inclusion as a poster or oral presentation at a conference or meeting with sensory/consumer and food aspects to take place before end of December 2013. Multiple author applications are acceptable but the student author must be the first and presenting author.
Application Materials Required: CV; paragraph about research for which poster or presentation has been submitted; name, date and location of conference or meeting; status of acceptance of poster or oral presentation (if known); breakdown of estimated conference expenses (including travel); a letter from a tutor or supervisor supporting and verifying the research project.
Application Deadline: 03/05/13
Application Submission: to the Secretary of the PFSG, Carol Raithatha, firstname.lastname@example.org
Conditions: Successful applicants will be expected to submit a report on their experience and benefits of attending the meeting/conference, which may be published at the IFST’s discretion in its publications or on its website. A prize of £500 will be awarded on receipt of a report on the conference.
Selection Process: The Secretary will circulate applications to the PFSG committee by the online forum asking for each committee member to vote for one candidate in terms of the applicability of their research to furthering the field of sensory evaluation and the strength of the CV and application. The candidate receiving the most votes will be given the prize. The expected conference expenses of the winner should be in the region of £500 or more. In the case of ties, the Chair will cast a final vote.
Notification Process and Date: Successful candidate(s) will be notified by the PFSG Secretary by 31/05/13
View further details on how to apply
– May NG
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Ralph Blanchfield Award
Established by IFST’s South Eastern Branch, The IFST Ralph Blanchfield Award aims to encourage young, undergraduate food scientists, technologists and engineers, based in the UK, to travel to, and participate in the Annual IFST Spring Conference, where they will meet with fellow professionals. The winner and runner ups will also receive IFST membership for one year.
IFST’s 2013 Spring Conference: Securing the future supply of food will be held on 17-18 April 2013 at John Innes Centre & the Institute of Food Research in Norwich.
Closing date 01 March 2013.
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Ecotrophelia: European Food Innovation Student Awards
The closing date for entries: Friday 22nd March 2013.
Ecotrophelia is an EU-wide dragons' den style competition rewarding student teams who have developed the best eco-innovative food products.
The UK national heat will be held on 5th June 2013 at Campden BRI, when students will pitch for a share of a prize fund worth over £3500, from our "dragons", a panel of top food industry managers.
The UK competition is being organised jointly by IFST and Campden BRI and is open to teams of students from UK universities.
The winner will be announced at Campden Day on 6th June and the winning team will go forward to the European competition.
Read more about Ecotrophelia UK
Young Scientist Competition – North of England
Apply by 17 April 2013
This annual competition is organised by IFST’s North of England Branch and supported by SCI’s Food Group as well as a number of other sponsors.
Applicants are required to submit an abstract no longer than 150 words on current work or a recently completed project within the areas of food science, food technology or human nutrition. Successful applicants will be invited to present and will be judged for scientific, originality, innovation, industrial applications and effective communication.
Who should apply: The competition is open to Undergraduates & Postgraduates
Prizes: £200 + 1 year membership to the IFST (awarded to the young scientist judged to have made the best presentation in both the undergraduate and postgraduate student categories). The winners will also be invited to publish the paper in Food Science and Technology and will be invited to join the SCI’s Young Ambassadors programme.
This year, all finalists will receive a cash prize of £25.
Download your entry form today!
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IFST Undergraduate Student Competition – Northern Ireland
Apply by 9 May 2013
- Are you studying for a food degree at CAFRE, UU, QUB or The Open University in Northern Ireland?
- Completed a work placement or research project?
Then you should enter this competition!
Applicants are required to submit an abstract no longer than 250 words on current work or a recently completed project within the areas of food science, food technology or human nutrition. Successful applicants will be invited to present and will be judged for scientific, originality, innovation, industrial applications and effective communication.
Prizes: 1st Prize £1000, 2nd Prize £500, Runners up £50 + 1 year membership to the IFST
Find out how to apply
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