Alltech Young Scientist (AYS) Agriscience Competition 2017 (Fully Funded to Alltech Young Scientist Discovery Week in Lexington, Kentucky, USA)

Application Deadline: October 31st 2016

The Alltech Young Scientist (AYS) program features the world’s largest agriscience competition. It offers the brightest scientific thinkers from colleges and universities across the globe an opportunity to compete at the highest level and be rewarded for their innovative research.

Students are encouraged to join Alltech in pursuit of solutions in animal health and nutrition, crop science, agriculture analytical methods, food chain safety and traceability, human health and nutrition and other agriscience-related sectors, while also gaining valuable experience with the company’s global team.


  • Undergraduate: Undergraduate students
  • Graduate: Master and Ph.D. students

    Competition Phases

  • Nomination Phase

Students obtain nomination from professors to participate in the Alltech Young Scientist program.
Nominated students submit a research paper to enter the program competition.


Regional Phase

Students first compete within their home region in either the undergraduate or graduate category (MSc, Ph.D.).
There are four regions globally: North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific and Europe.
The top students from each region are awarded with cash prizes, medals and certificates.
The 1st place winner from each region advances to the Global Competition, and is referred to as an ‘AYS finalist’.

Regional 1st Place Prize
  • Undergraduate = $1000 Cash USD
  • Graduate = $2000 Cash USD
Regional 2nd Place Prize
  • Undergraduate = $500 Cash USD
  • Graduate = $1000 Cash USD

*Winners structure is subject to change at Alltech’s discretion without notice.

Global Phase

  • The AYS finalists from all four regions are invited to attend an all-expense-paid Alltech Young Scientist Discovery Week in Lexington, Kentucky, USA.
  • During this week, the global competition takes place.
  • Each finalist presents his/her paper in front of a panel of international judges.
U – Global Undergraduate 1st Place Prize
  • $5000 Cash USD
G – Global Graduate 1st Place Prize
  • $10,000 Cash USD

Alltech Young Scientist Discovery Week

The finalists are offered an all-expense-paid trip to Lexington, Kentucky, USA for Discovery Week!
Activities include:

  • Mentorship – Featuring research and professional experts sharing academic and career insights
  • AYS Global Competition – Finalists present their research in front of a panel of international judges and audience members
  • Alltech Ideas Conference – Learning and networking opportunity with over 5000 delegates from all over the world, interaction with press and media, developing friendships with fellow finalists and the Alltech team, and much more!

Ph.D. and Post-doctorate Position

The global prize includes a fully funded Ph.D. position for the global undergraduate winner, and a fully funded Post Doctorate position for the global graduate winner.

  • 100% tuition coverage
  • Competitive stipend based on position location

2017 Program Timeline

  Nomination and Registration    Deadline

  11:59 PM EDT October 31, 2016

  Submission Deadline

  11:59 PM EDT December 31, 2016

  Regional Award Announcement

  March – April, 2017

  Global Competition/Discovery Week

  May 2017

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Alltech Young Scientist (AYS) Agriscience Competition 2017


  1. […] The Alltech Young Scientist (AYS) competition began in 2005 as an expression of Dr. Pearse Lyons’ passion for curiosity and innovation within education. As a scientist, he understood the challenges of research and the excitement that comes with breakthroughs that could solve real problems. Through the Alltech Young Scientist program, he hoped to create a closer connection between the classroom and the agricultural challenges occurring in the field and on the farm. Most importantly, he wanted to inspire and showcase the talents of university students who represent tomorrow’s solutions for our planet’s shared future. […]


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