Guidelines for Applicants

Guidelines for Applicants

Agricultural Science Association Fellowship 2021

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants must hold Full membership of ASA on 04/01/21.
  • Applicants should at a minimum hold 5 years’ experience in the Irish agri-food industry post award of their bachelor’s degree.
  • Applicants should have strong communications skills both oral and written.
  • Applicants should have experience relating to their selected thematic study area.

Application process:

  • Applications are sought under one of the following identified themes:

Thematic Area A:         Sustainable Agriculture (including greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity and water quality)

Thematic Area B:         Soil science & carbon sequestration

Thematic Area C:         Food for Health

Thematic Area D:         Agriculture & Food Economics

  • Applicants must submit a proposal (max 1,000 words) detailing their chosen theme and topic of study.  The proposal must include the associated schedule of events/interactions as well as their estimated budgetary cost.  Detail should be provided under the following headings:
    • Professional Development Plan to include study proposal, schedule and proposed timeline of learning/investigation as well as key outputs and deliverables
    • Development of Communication skills and social media profile of Fellow
    • Subsistence/travel budget
    • Other areas of focus to include benefit to ASA and the Agri-Food Industry of appointing a Fellow in the chosen area of study

  • Applicants must submit a two-minute video detailing why they are seeking appointment as the ASA Fellow 2021.

  • Final approval/allocation of fellowship funds is at the discretion of the ASA Fellowship Committee.

  • Applicants must have consent from their employer (if employed) to devote the necessary time to the Fellowship process (approx. 6 weeks envisaged with concentrated period during spring 2021).

  • The ASA Fellowship Committee will continue to monitor the implications of Covid-19.  Amendments to the Fellowship program may be required depending on National Health Guidelines. 

Applicants must submit their completed application form and associated video by 5pm January 4th, 2021 to

Selection Process:

  • Applicants may be shortlisted for interview based on elements of their application form and/or their associated video.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview in January 2021 with the successful ASA Fellow 2021 announced in late January 2021.
  • The Fellowship interview board’s decision will be final and will not be open to appeal.

Assisting the fellow:

The ASA Fellowship Committee will if necessary assist the ASA Fellow to develop their study proposal.  

A proportion of the ASA Fellowship should be devoted to enhancing the ASA Fellow’s communication skills.  The ASA Fellow will have the discretion to select the company/person that will provide this communication training.


During and subsequent to the study period, the ASA Fellow will be required to report on progress to the ASA Fellowship Committee within agreed timescales.

Key Deliverables:

  • ASA Fellow 2021 will present their research findings and recommendations at ASA Conference 2021.
  • ASA Fellow 2021 will produce an Insights video detailing their ASA Fellowship journey (3 min max).
  • ASA Fellow will serve as an Ambassador for ASA and the wider Agri–Food Industry.
  • ASA Fellow will have strong communications skills and will be expected to participate in national and international media commentary and scientifically informed discussion and written communication. 
  • ASA Fellow will demonstrate a strong social media profile with regular updates and insights to the Fellowship process.