Call for applications - EFFoST Student of the Year Awards 2019


The European Federation of Food Science and Technology and Cargill are looking for the brightest students in food science and technology.

Every year, the European Federation of Food Science and Technology (EFFoST) organizes the Student of the Year competition to support and encourage the next generation of food scientists. The award is organized in collaboration with our partner Cargill.

Are you eligible?
All MSc or PhD students of food science, food technology or a related study enrolled at a European University* can apply. 

Win one of the Student of the Year Awards:
PhD Awards: 1st prize (€1500), 2nd prize (€750) and 3rd prize (€500)
MSc Awards: 1st prize (€1000) and 2nd prize (€500)
Popular vote: best student poster presentation (€250)

Winning students receive:

  • The Student of the Year Award and an official certificate
  • A cheque corresponding to the prize above    
  • Free access to the 33rd EFFoST International Conference and conference dinner
  • A travel budget of maximum € 1,000 to cover your travel and accommodation costs to attend the EFFoST conference
  • Visit Cargill’s European R&D Center to present your research (travel and accommodation costs are covered)
  • The opportunity to build and expand your professional network and boost your future career

Popular vote
The top 15 applicants will be invited to join the Popular Vote competition for the best student poster presentation. The winner will be chosen by the conference delegates at the 33rd EFFoST International Conference in Rotterdam. Nominees of the other categories will not be able to complete for the Popular Vote Prize.

Application procedure
Step 1: 
Submit your abstract by using the online abstract submission system of the 33rd EFFoST International Conference. Don’t forget to tick the box “Student of the Year Award” when the option is provided**.
Step 2: Complete the online application form and provided the following documents: 

  • Your motivation letter
  • Your curriculum vitae
  • Conference abstract
  • Copy of your student card or student registration
  • Nomination letter (not mandatory) 

The application deadline is 15 July 2019.

The EFFoST Student of the Year Award is open to MSc or PhD students registered at a European University or College. PhD students who completed their degree in the academic year 2018-2019 and MSc students who have completed their degree in the period July 2018-June 2019 are eligible to participate in this competition. Students must have been registered in a degree programme in Food Science and Technology or similar. Part-time students can also apply.

For more information contact Jeroen Knol at 

About Cargill
Cargill’s 155,000 employees across 70 countries work relentlessly to achieve their purpose of nourishing the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way.  Every day, Cargill connects farmers with markets, customers with ingredients, and people and animals with the food they need to thrive. Cargill is proud to work together with EFFoST to support and encourage the next generation of food scientists.


* A University or College in the following countries: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel (COST Cooperating State), Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, FYR Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Vatican City.

** There is no obligation to register for the conference. In the case that your abstract is accepted for oral or poster presentation, you will get an invitation to register for the conference. The five shortlisted nominees will be informed in time to register for the conference and plan their travel as their presence at the conference is mandatory.