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MLA supports the bridge from education to agricultural research through its postgraduate program, postdoctoral program and various scholarships. Hundreds of students have been supported through MLA and its predecessor organisations since 1975.


The MLA scholarship program supports students undertaking postgraduate studies (mostly PhDs) for up to three years of their candidature. Students receive a stipend higher than Australian Postgraduate Award stipends, plus support for project costs.

Student projects are varied and cover a wide range of industry-related topics including all areas of interest in MLA's livestock production R&D programs. Many students supported by this scheme are working within these funded research programs, whilst others work on projects independent to MLA programs.

Upon completion of their studies, more than 70% of students supported by this scheme continue to work within the red meat and livestock industry and a significant proportion go on to play important leadership roles in agricultural and livestock industries.

MLA supports a range of other programs including:

Postgraduate Study Awards 2021

Meat & Livestock Australia Limited (MLA) is a producer-owned company that provides world class services and solutions to the entire red meat industry.

MLA is making available a number of awards tenable at both Australian and possibly overseas universities or institutions for postgraduate study commencing in 2021. The awards facilitate research and training in areas of practical value to the Australian beef, sheepmeat and goatmeat industries. MLA will provide student networking, training activities and mentoring to support the development of student research capability.

Download 2021 Postgraduate Tender

Applications must be made by an Australian University by 11.59pm, 14th March 2021 and should be submitted to
A completed and signed tender and application form must be lodged electronically to MLA at:

Proposals must be received by 14th March 2021. Late applications will NOT be accepted.

Successful tenderers will be notified by 16th April 2021.

For additional information contact:
Angelica Pickup
Senior Project Officer
Meat & Livestock Australia
Telephone: +61 (2) 9463 9345

Science and Innovation Awards for Young People

MLA is a sponsor of this annual event, which supports young people to pursue innovative scientific ideas that will deliver long-term benefits to Australia's rural industries.

Find out more about this award and past winners