Free-Range Poultry Welfare Scholarship

Influences of early life experience and range resources on meat chicken ranging behaviour and welfare

Project Information

An exciting opportunity exists for a PhD or Research Masters student to join a team of experienced poultry behaviour and welfare researchers in the School of Environmental and Rural Science at the University of New England (UNE). This project will investigate the behaviour and welfare of free-ranging meat chickens through a series of research trials at UNE and on commercial farms.

The successful applicant will work with a supportive and enthusiastic team to

  • Understand the impact of early life experience and range resources on meat chicken ranging behaviour
  • Utilise combination of physiological and behavioural methods to assess poultry welfare
  • Implement and compare various technologies to quantify ranging behaviour in commercial conditions

The candidate must display a capacity to work both independently and as part of a team and must be able to participate in domestic travel throughout the project. The applicant must be proficient in spoken and written English. An ability to conduct animal house research, laboratory analyses, and statistics is essential. A passion for, and an understanding of, animal welfare is desirable.

Scholarship Information

The University is offering an RTP Domestic Stipend Scholarship for the successful domestic candidate. This amounts to AU$28,092 per annum, tax free for up to three years to support a full-time PhD candidate. The level of the stipend will not be reduced over the period of the Scholarship. An additional annual $10,000 top-up is available to support the student to successful completion within three years for PhD or two years for research masters. International students may apply but will be responsible for funding tuition fees.

For more information regarding the Research Training Program (RTP) and the scholarship terms and conditions please visit the following website.

How to Apply

Applicants must meet UNE’s admission requirements for a PhD program. Please see the entry requirements. Applicants must submit a candidature application if they wish to apply for a scholarship. For more information on submitting a candidature application please see our how to apply/enrol webpage.

To apply for the scholarship please review the relevant application guidelines and complete the application form:

Scholarship and candidature applications can be submitted through AskUNE.

Applications close on 26 May 2020.

General Enquiries

General enquiries should be directed to Dr Peta Taylor:

Lecturer Animal Behaviour and Welfare

School of Environmental and Rural Science


Phone: 02 6773 1808