Sir Kenneth Blaxter Scholarship
Awarded every year, the Sir Kenneth Blaxter Award is an annual scholarship aimed at providing opportunities for early-career members of BSAS to enhance their skills and experiences.
The Sir Kenneth Blaxter Award is open to post-graduates and those in the early stages of their career from all branches of animal science and any reasonable proposal within the scope of the scheme will be considered.
What is the prize?
Worth up to £1500, based on the quality and type of application, the scholarship can be used for travel in the UK or overseas, or for a specified overseas study tour.
How do I apply?
Open to applicants from all branches of animal science who are in the early years of their career (postgraduate student or within two years of graduating with a PhD, or working in commerce or industry with an equivalent level of experience without necessarily having a PhD).
The award may be used for travel to conferences but in this case the awards panel will seek evidence of added value such as giving a presentation or poster and particularity where funding is used to visit establishments or engage with other scientists.
Applications will only be accepted from BSAS members whom have been a member of the society for a minimum of 6 months.
Apply by 31st October 2019 (thereafter the revised date for this award will be 31st January from 2020).
Who was Kenneth Blaxter?
Sir Kenneth Blaxter was a key researcher in the second half of the 20th century in the fields of animal and human nutrition and animal husbandry. He studied at Reading, where he wrote his PhD thesis, 'The maintenance of the winter milk supply in wartime'.
As head of the nutrition department at the Hannah Dairy Research Institute in Ayr, Scotland, he wrote over 200 papers focusing on energy metabolism and feed usage by ruminants.
He also looked at nutritional diseases and magnesium deficiency in calves, the effect of temperature and other environmental effects on sheep, and ruminant digestion and feed intake.
Sir Kenneth finished his career as director of the Rowett Research Institute in Aberdeen, where his research studies expanded to include deer farming, llamas, human nutrition, feed evaluation, environmental stress and animal calorimetry.