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The Arthur W. Perdue – Poultry Science Association Foundation Fellowships are for a three-year period and intended to provide timely and relevant research of benefit to the poultry industry and to prepare the next generation of graduate scholars for careers in poultry science, education, and the poultry industry. The priority emphasis of the Arthur W. Perdue Fellowship is to support graduate education and research in poultry house enrichment and welfare. The Fellowship will commence in the Spring semester of 2020 and be awarded to an outstanding student in poultry sciences pursuing a PhD degree. The Fellowship will provide $150,000 in funding over a three-year period subject to satisfactory progress. Priority emphasis for the proposed research project will focus on poultry house enrichment and welfare in broiler chickens. Innovative applied and basic aspects of poultry science will be considered. The proposed research should be focused upon the impact of the experimental design parameters on behavior and physiology of poultry included in the study as well as additional welfare parameters identified during the duration of the study. The information derived from the research conducted by the Arthur W. Perdue Graduate Fellow will ensure that the poultry systems adopted as a result of this fundamental research have a sound basis in scientific principles. The selected graduate student will be directed in their study of poultry enrichment and welfare by a faculty mentor and advisory committee to include a Perdue Farms, Inc. scientist.
An annual progress report will be required within three months of the first and second years of the project. A final report will be submitted within three months of project completion. The final report should provide a detailed description of the principal accomplishments and findings of the research and include a list of any publications produced, including those submitted and in press. It should include courses attended and grades achieved, indicating educational achievement, and describe any meetings attended to disseminate the results.
Applications should follow the page limits and provide the information described below.
PLEASE NOTE: The Fellowship is designed to support research in poultry house enrichment as it affects broiler welfare and will allow onsite research in prototype housing in collaboration with Perdue Farms scientists. Because of this unique working relationship it is restricted to students in North American institutions.
Principal objectives of the project (a statement of the specific purpose and goals of the research)
Justification (describe the significance of the project and how it may benefit the poultry industry)
Approach (provide a brief outline of the experimental methods to achieve the project objectives)
Expected outcomes (provide a brief description of the advances in broiler house enrichment and welfare to be obtained upon completion of the proposed research)