Program Overview


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. 


Global Undergraduate 1st Place Prize

$5000 Cash USD


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