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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: