Alan Robertson Fund for Animal Genetics

This award is aimed at those interested in animal genetics, helping them to attend meetings and undertake study tours or projects. It can also be used to bring animal geneticists to UK meetings.

Applications should reflect areas of current or future interest that will advance research and education in the application of genetics to livestock production.

Around £1400 is available annually, although a proportion of the fund may be held over to allow more funding to be available in years when the World Congress in Genetics Applied Livestock Production is being help in order to fund attendance of that conference.  

Who was Alan Robertson?

Alan Robertson was a population geneticist and was a major influence in the widespread adoption of artificial insemination of cattle and on estimating genetic effects that influence quantitative traits.

He spent most of his working life based at the National Animal Breeding and Genetics Research Organisation in Edinburgh as a member of the Unit of Animal Genetics where he worked on improving dairy cattle using mathematical and statistical methods to devise the most effective breeding programmes.  

Alan made original contributions to the theory of genetic change in small populations and introduced a theory of limits to artificial selection, a combination of mathematical insight and quantitative genetic principles in a practical context. 

  • Date for submissions: 31st August

In years when the WCGALP is being held (every four years, 2018, 2022, 2026…) an additional application period will be added as notified by the society.  This scholarship is open to both members and non-members of BSAS.

Download application form     -  Report to be completed by successful applicants 


Alan Robertson 1992-2016