The banana community bulleting board

Calls for proposals     Symposia and conferences    Training courses    Scholarships and awards    Travel grants Job opportunities

If you would like to share an announcement, send an email to secretariat@promusa.org.

Calls for proposals
Terra Viva Grants Directory

List of grants related to agriculture, energy, environment and natural resources in developing countries.

Back to top of the page

Symposia and conferences
Third Conference of the World Banana Forum
This conference of the World Banana Forum will focus on global collaboration, gender, business and technical issues in banana production and trade. The conference will benefit everyone who has an interest in the banana sector - from producer and consumer organizations to governments, retailers, traders, NGOs and research institutions.
Location: International Conference Centre (CICG), Geneva, Switzerland
Dates: 8-9 November 2017
Registration:  open
2017 INIVIT Symposium

The Institute of Tropical Root and Tuber Crops (INIVIT) is organizing its fourth International symposium on roots, rhizomes, tubers, bananas and papayas. The main themes that will be covered are: plant breeding, applied biotechnology, production systems, sustainable agroecological strategies and crop production technologies, innovation for local development and crop potential for human and animal food. A series of scientific events are also planned, including a workshop on the threat posed by TR4.
Location: Varadero, Cuba
Dates: 24-27 October 2017
Abstract submission deadline: 15 July 2017
Email: simposio@inivit.cu
Website: http://www.inivit.cu/evento/eng/index.html
For more information: PDF (201 kB)

Back to top of the page

Training courses
IUCN Red List online training courses
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), has developed the first online IUCN Red List Training Course: Assessing Species' Extinction Risk Using IUCN Red List Methodology. Hosted on TNC’s ConservationTraining website, this course is free and open to anyone who wishes to learn more about the IUCN Red List. It consists of 7 modules: introduction to the IUCN Red List, Red List assessments, categories and criteria, supporting information for assessments, mapping protocols, species information service, and regional assessments. The course also includes an exam to test the participants' knowledge of the Red List, the assessment process, and their skills in calculating the various parameters used in the assessments. Passing the exam will entitle participants to a certificate to prove that they have successfully completed the course.

Back to top of the page

Scholarships and awards
2018 Borlaug Fellowships

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for the 2018 Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program. The program offers training and collaborative research opportunities to scientists, researchers, and policymakers from 40 eligible countries. Fellows will work one-on-one with a mentor at a U.S. university, research center, or government agency, usually for 8-12 weeks. The U.S. mentor will later visit the fellow’s home institution to continue collaboration.
Application deadline: 5 November 2017
For more information: https://www.fas.usda.gov/newsroom/accepting-applications-2018-borlaug-fellowships

 

Doctorants en Agroécologie

L’Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) et l’Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD) lancent un appel conjoint à candidatures pour soutenir une dizaine de doctorants en Agroécologie. L’appel est ouvert aux doctorants en première ou deuxième année de thèse, dans l’un des trois pays suivants : Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire et Sénégal.
Date limite de dépôt de candidatures : 31 octobre 2017
Pour plus d’information : http://www.ird.fr/toute-l-actualite/appels-a-propositions-appels-a-projets/appels-a-projets-proposition-de-l-ird/appel-a-candidatures-soutien-d-une-dizaine-de-doctorants-du-college-doctoral-ouest-africain-en-agroecologie

Calls for applications from RUFORUM

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is a consortium of 66 universities operating in 26 African countries.

Community Action Research Programme

RUFORUM is partnering with the MasterCard Foundation to implement the programme, Transforming African Agricultural Universities to meaningfully contribute to Africa’s growth and development (TAGDev). TAGDev’s Community Action Research Programme aims to extend university activities to work more closely with rural communities. The programme focuses on crops and livestock value chains of strategic importance in Kenya, Uganda, and other African countries. Window 1 invites proposals from Egerton University and Gulu University. Window 2 is open to all other RUFORUM universities.
Application deadline: 31 October 2017
For more information: https://blog.ruforum.org/2017/08/07/call-for-proposals-ruforum-community-action-research-programme/

Graduate Teaching Assistantships
The RUFORUM program for Graduate Training Assistantships (GTA) is offering support for 325 PhD training opportunities. Eligible applicants must be a staff member at a RUFORUM member university and nominated for PhD training by their university.
Application deadline: candidates may apply at any time
For more information: https://blog.ruforum.org/2017/03/23/phd-training-opportunities-under-the-ruforum-graduate-teaching-assistantship-program-2/

Arturo Falaschi ICGEB Fellowships

The International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) offers PhD, Postdoctoral and Short-term fellowships in Life Sciences to scientists from ICGEB’s member states. The fellowships are for research at collaborating universities in Trieste, New Delhi, and Cape Town.
Application deadlines : PhD fellowships (31 March); Post-doctoral fellowships (31 March and 30 September); Short-term fellowships (31 March, 30 June, 30 September, 31 December)
Website: http://www.icgeb.org/fellowships.html

VLIR-UOS Training and Master Scholarships
VLIR-UOS awards scholarships to students from 54 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin-America, to follow a training course or Master’s degree program at a university or university college in Belgium. The Master’s programs, lasting one or two academic years, focus on specific problems of developing countries and/or are relevant to developing countries in a more general sense.
Application deadline: There is no fixed deadline to apply for a VLIR-UOS scholarship; procedurally, candidates first apply for academic admission to a given programme. In this regard, applicants should only take into consideration the deadline from the respective master programme.

Back to top of the page

Travel grants
SEARCA travel grants

To reinforce the Center’s efforts and resources in the promotion of agricultural competitiveness and natural resource management toward food security and poverty reduction in the region, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) will provide Travel Grants of up to a maximum of US$1,200 to qualified agriculture and agriculture-related professionals and social scientists including graduate students in Southeast Asia.
Application deadlines: 7 March, 7 June, 7 September and 7 December,
For more information: http://www.searca.org/index.php/scholarship/searca-travel-grants

Hayek Fund for Scholars

Open to graduate students and untenured faculty members of any nationality. Up to $1,000 for career enhancing activities e.g., presentations at conferences, travel to academic job interviews or for research at archives or libraries, participation in seminars, distribution of an article, submission of manuscripts to journals or publishers.
Application deadline: Applications are accepted all year round.
Website: https://theihs.org/funding/hayek-fund/

Back to top of the page

Job opportunities
Post a job opportunity

If you would like to announce a job opportunity, please contact the ProMusa secretariat.

Back to top of the page