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Calls for proposals
Kenya Horticultural Competitiveness Project

The USAID-funded Kenya Horticulture Competitiveness Project (KHCP) is working with 200,000 farmers to build a highly competitive horticulture industry. They are inviting applications from interested companies and organizations to partner in the following area: Potato, Sweet Potatoes, Bananas and Export Vegetables. Innovative approaches are being sought to integrate smallholders into these value chains to develop profitable ventures that significantly impact the horticulture sector. This could include expansion of current activities into new markets, adding value to existing fresh products by freezing, drying and other types of processing, or development of new crops or products that make advantage of existing marketing systems. Co-investment ideas are encouraged.
How to apply: Download the application form the website mentioned below and send it to: khcp-grants@fintrac.com
Deadline for submission: Continuous
Website: http://www.growkenya.org/grant-application.aspx

Terra Viva Grants Directory

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

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Symposia and conferences
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)

International Symposium on Horticulture

The Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR), under the auspices of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and in partnership with the International Society of Horticulture Science (ISHS), are organizing a symposium on priorities and emerging trends in horticulture. Themes will include: sustainable production, bio-conservation, breeding, resource conservation and climate resilience, post-harvest management, crop modelling and forecasting, IT enabled supply chain, technology assessment, and socio-economic and gender issues.
Location: ICAR-IIHR, Bengaluru, India
Dates: 5-8 September 2017
Abstract submission deadline: 15 April 2017
Early-bird registration: 31 May 2017
Contact: Dr M.R. Dinesh at director@iihr.res.in
Website: http://www.intsym.com/

Australian Banana Industry Congress 2017

The Congress brings together Australian banana growers, industry partners and worldleading scientists, researchers and innovators, to share ideas and plot the course of future industry development.
Location: Sheraton on the Park in Sydney, Australia
Dates: 22-24 June 2017
Website: http://bananacongress.org.au

4th International Symposium on Genomics of Plant Genetic Resources

The international symposia on genomics of plant genetic resources cover ongoing efforts to assemble, manage and characterise plant genetic resources using the continuous and rapid advances in the field of genomics.
Location: Giessen, Germany
Dates: 3-7 September 2017
Website: www.gpgr4.org
Registration:  Early bird registration will open in February 2017

7th International Banana Congress

Corporación Bananera Nacional (CORBANA) just announced the date and location of their next congress.
Location: Hotel Hyatt Regency Miami Downtown,  Miami, Florida
Dates: 26-29 September 2017
Website: http://congresointernacionaldebanano.com/2017/
Email: info@congresointernacionaldebanano.com

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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.

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Scholarships and awards
Netaji Subhas-ICAR International Fellowships

The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) is inviting applications from Indian nationals to pursue a doctoral degree in agriculture and allied sciences in selected overseas institutions and for foreign students to do the same in the best Indian Agricultural Universities in the ICAR-AUs system. Thirty Netaji Subhas-ICAR International Fellowships will be awarded. Each fellowship is for a period of three years. The allocation of fellowships between Indian and overseas candidates will depend upon the availability of good candidates in the identified priority areas. The guidelines and application form are available on the ICAR website. A hard copy of the application should be sent by post to: Assistant Director General (EQR), Education Division, ICAR, Krishi Anusandhan Bhavan II, Pusa, New Delhi-110012, along with a soft copy by email to adgeqricar@gmail.com.
Application deadline: 15 June 2017
Website: http://www.icar.org.in/en/node/12644

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.

Staff Exchange program with Lilongwe University
RUFORUM is offering support for seven staff exchanges at the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR). The goal of the fellowships is to provide opportunities for academics from outside Malawi to enhance faculty teaching, research, and collaboration at LUANAR. Applications are invited from permanent teaching faculty staff at a RUFORUM  member university.
Application deadline: 30 June 2017 (Applications can be done in English or French)
For more information: https://blog.ruforum.org/2017/04/03/apply-now-expression-of-interest-for-staff-exchange/

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.
For more information: https://blog.ruforum.org/2017/03/23/phd-training-opportunities-under-the-ruforum-graduate-teaching-assistantship-program-2/

TWAS fellowships and award

TWAS is a global science academy based in Trieste, Italy, working to advance science and engineering for sustainable prosperity in the developing world.

TWAS-CEMB Postgraduate Fellowship Program
TWAS  and the National Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology (CEMB) in Lahore, Pakistan, are offering fellowships to young scientists from developing countries (other than Pakistan) who wish to pursue research towards a PhD in molecular biology and molecular genetics.
Application deadline: 31 August 2017
Website: https://twas.org/opportunity/twas-cemb-postdoctoral-fellowship-programme

TWAS-UPM Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
TWAS and the Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) in Selangor, Malaysia, are offering fellowships to young scientists from developing countries (other than Malaysia) who wish to pursue advanced research in the natural sciences at UPM.
Application deadline: 15 September 2017
Website: https://twas.org/opportunity/twas-upm-postdoctoral-fellowship-programme

TWAS─C.N.R. Rao Prize for Scientific Research
The prize, named after TWAS Founding Fellow and former president C.N.R. Rao, carries a cash award of USD5,000. It is designed to honour TWAS Fellows who have made significant contributions to global science.
Application deadline: 31 May 2017
Website: https://twas.org/opportunity/twas-cnr-rao-prize-scientific-research
Contact email: prizes@twas.org

IPNI Science Award 2017

The International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) is accepting nominations for its annual Science Award. The purpose of the award is to recognize distinguished contributions by scientists involved with global ecological intensification as related to crop production. Private or public sector agronomists, crop scientists, soil scientists, and food scientists from all countries are eligible. The winner will receive a plaque and a monetary award of  USD5,000.
Nomination deadline: 30 September
Website: http://www.ipni.net/article/IPNI-3160

PhD fellowships for women

The Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) are offering postgraduate training fellowships for women scientists from Sub-Saharan Africa and least developed countries (LDC) at Centres of Excellence in the South.
Application deadline: 30 June 2017
Website: http://twas.org/opportunity/owsd-phd-fellowships-women

John Allwright Fellowship

The John Allwright Fellowship was introduced in 1986 to provide the opportunity for partner-country scientists involved in ACIAR-supported collaborative research projects to obtain postgraduate qualifications at Australian tertiary institutions. Applicants must be citizens of an ACIAR partner country and engaged in an ACIAR collaborative project at the time of application.
Application deadline: 15 May 2017
For more information: http://aciar.gov.au/content/australia-awards-john-allwright-eligibility-and-online-user-guide

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.
Closing date: 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.

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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/

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Job opportunities
UK-based fellowships on Enset

Two positions are available to support the project Modelling and genomics resources to enhance exploitation of the sustainable and diverse Ethiopian starch crop Enset funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund. The interdisciplinary project is a collaboration between researchers at the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens and the University of Leicester in the UK, and the University of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. It aims to provide the foundation knowledge to the cultivation of Enset (Musaceae) as a resilient climate-smart crop providing ecosystem services to support livelihoods in Ethiopia and other African countries.

Research Fellow - Distribution modelling
The Kew Royal Botanic Gardens is looking for a research scientist who will be responsible for the distribution modelling and mapping components of the project. Under the guidance of the project team, the candidate will also lead, conduct and manage a significant field research component in collaboration with the lead Ethiopian partner. 
Location: Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, Richmond, UK
Contract duration: 24 months
Application closing date: 30 April 2017
Contact: Paul Wilkin (p.wilkin@kew.org)
Website: https://careers.kew.org/vacancy/research-fellow-in-distribution-modelling-311298.html

Postdoctoral  Fellow - Molecular cytogenetics
The University of Leicester is recruiting a post-doc to develop markers for measuring molecular diversity and  characterizing Enset genes related to flowering, starch biosynthesis and disease resistance in comparative work with other species, particularly banana. The candidate will also use molecular cytogenetics to study genome organization and optimize protocols for axenic tissue-culture propagation.
Location: University of Leicester, Leicester, UK
Contract duration: 18 months
Application closing date:  to be confirmed (expected June 2017)
For more information contact: Pat Heslop-Harrison (phh4@le.ac.uk

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