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Calls for proposals
Terra Viva Grants Directory

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

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Symposia and conferences
International Banana Conference

The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security of Mozambique (MASA) and TechnoServe are hosting a two-day international conference: Controlling Banana Diseases in the African Banana – Strategies to strengthen the banana industry affected by BBTV and Foc TR4. Registration is free but space is limited.
Location: Maputo, Mozambique
Dates: 21 and 22 November 2019
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First Global Workshop on TR4

CORBANA is organizing  a workshop targeting the scientific community, producers and members of government to develop a joint strategy to address the problem of TR4. Taking part will be specialists who will be addressing scientific, agronomic, marketing, management, and biosafety issues: Edson Perito Amorim, Chao Chin-Ping, Miguel Dita, Yi Ganjun, Mauricio Guzman, Shin-Chuan Hwang, Gert Kema, Eli Khayat, Agustin Molina, Tony Pattison, Danilo Román, and Jorge Sandoval. Space is limited.
Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel, Miami, U.S.A.
Dates: November 21 (from 2pm) and 22 (from 8am to 5 pm) 2019
Registration deadline: 30 October 2019
Registration fee: $270
How to register: Send an email to Mrs. Ivette Enriquez

Acorbat XXIII International Congress

The upcoming Acorbat International Banana Congress, which brings together representatives of the global banana trade from around the world, will be held at the Miami Airport Convention Center.
Location: Miami, USA
Dates: 29 April - 1 May 2020
Abstract submission deadline: 30 September 2019
Instructions for abstract submission: English, Spanish, French
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Training courses
IUCN Red List online training course
The International Union for Conservation of Nature  has partnered with Conservation Training to offer a self-paced course on the rules and standards used for IUCN Red List assessment. The course is free and open to anyone who wants to learn about the IUCN Red List assessment process and how to compile a scientifically rigorous IUCN Red List assessment.
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Scholarships and awards
Summer fellowships in biotechnology

The Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) is offering 10-12 weeks fellowships to Indian students to undertake research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and partner universities in areas of biotechnology, including agricultural biotechnology. The scholarship includes airfare, a stipend and health insurance.

Eligibility: Pre final-year bachelor’s and master’s students (PhD students not eligible) enrolled at recognized higher education institutions in India
Application deadline: 31 October 2019
Fellowship dates: May-July 2020
Online application: 
For more information: (Scroll down for a link to the FAQ)

Postdoctoral researcher

The Northern R&D division of Galilee Research Institute LTD (MIGAL) is recruiting a postdoctoral researcher to be part of a project on developing TR4-resistant banana cultivars using gene editing.

Qualifications: The applicant must hold a PhD in biological sciences and have a strong background in molecular biology. Experience in tissue culture and gene editing would be beneficial.
Duty station: Kiryat Shmona, Israel
Duration: 1 year contract, renewable for at least 1 year
Application deadline: 1 November 2019
Start date: January 2020
To apply: Send a CV and a letter of motivation to Navot Galpaz (

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.

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Travel grants
SEARCA travel grants

The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) offers Travel Grants of up to a maximum of US$1,200 to agriculture and agriculture-related professionals and social scientist, or graduate students in Southeast Asia.
Application deadlines: 7 December, 7 March, 7 June and 7 September for travel in the first, second, third and fourth quarter of the year respectively.
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Hayek Fund for Scholars

The Hayek Fund for Scholars covers an extensive array of both research and teaching related expenses such as, 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. It is open to students and faculty interested in advancing the ideas of liberty within the social sciences and humanities disciplines. Applicants from the social sciences and humanities will be given preference and applicants working within the hard sciences are generally not accepted.
Application deadline: Four weeks prior to the start of the applicant's activity
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Job opportunities
Quantitative genetics researcher

CIRAD is recruiting a researcher specializing in quantitative genetics whose mission will be to identify the genetic basis of favourable traits and to optimize breeding strategies and selection methods adapted to the banana’s biological constraints (e.g. vegetative reproduction, low fertility and high heterozygosity).
Duty station: Guadeloupe
Application deadline: 14 November 2019
For more information: English, French

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