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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
11th Australasian Soilborne Disease Symposium

ASDS 2020 will be under the banner of “Protecting the roots of plant health”. Pre-symposium workshops and field trips will feature topics such as, pathogen-plant-microbe interactions, overcoming Fusarium wilts, and on-farm biosecurity practices.
Location: Cairns, Australia
Dates: 24-27 November 2020
Abstract submission: from 30 March - 1 July 2020
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XII International Symposium on Banana

The International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) and ProMusa are joining forces with the Yunnan Academy of Agricultural Sciences in organizing the XII International Symposium on Banana, on the theme of Healthy banana production systems for better livelihoods.  The symposium will provide a platform for scientists and other stakeholders to exchange their latest research results and insights on topics, such as the prevention and management of new disease outbreaks, the use of the crop’s diversity and latest advances in breeding to deploy resistant cultivars in the fight against diseases, the integration of different management approaches at field and landscape level, the impact of various constraints and management responses in banana production on people’s livelihoods, and the exploration of novel post-harvest and marketing strategies.
Location: Kunming, China
Dates: 19-24 October 2020
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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: 23 - 25 September 2020
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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
The John Allwright Fellowship Program

The John Allwright Fellowship provides 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: 30 April 2020
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OWSD Fellowships

The Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) is an international organization founded in 1987 and based at the offices of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), in Trieste, Italy. It is a programme unit of UNESCO. OWSD provides research training, career development and networking opportunities for women scientists throughout the developing world at different stages in their careers.

OWSD Early Career Fellowship
OWSD is offering fellowships to women who have completed their PhDs in a eligible STEM field, including Agricultural Sciences, and are employed at an academic or scientific research institute in one of the science and technology lagging country. The fellowship is for two years and provides up to USD 50,000 to lead a research project. It does not provide for the fellow’s salary which must be guaranteed by the fellow’s institution.
Application deadline: 15 April 
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Cargill Global Scholars Program 2020

The agribusiness company Cargill is offering scholarships to undergraduate students interested in food security, agriculture, and risk management. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia, or the USA — and attend university in those countries. Each Cargill Global Scholar receives an annual scholarship for up to two years, as well as opportunities for leadership training and networking.
Application deadlines in 2020: 3 March (India); 5 March (USA); 1 April (Russia); 28 April (China); 5 May (Indonesia); and 26 May (Brazil)
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TWAS awards and fellowships

The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) is a global science academy based in Trieste, Italy, working to advance science and engineering for sustainable prosperity in the developing world.

TWAS-CSIR Fellowship Programmes
TWAS and the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) of India are offering fellowships to young scholars from developing countries (other than India) who wish to pursue a PhD or postdoctoral research at the laboratories and institutes of the CSIR.
Postgraduate Fellowships
The Postgraduate Fellowships to pursue research toward a PhD are tenable for a maximum period of four years. Sandwich fellowships (for applicants registered for a PhD degree in their home country) may be granted for a minimum of period of six months and a maximum one of three years.
Application deadline: 11 May 2020
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Postdoctoral Fellowships
The Postdoctoral Fellowships are tenable for a minimum period of six months to a maximum period of twelve months. The applicants must be a maximum age of 45 years on 31 December of the application year, and must be regularly employed in a developing country and hold a research assignment.
Application deadline: 11 May 2020
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TWAS-ICCBS Fellowships
The International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) in Karachi, Pakistan, and TWAS are offering fellowships to young scientists from developing countries (other than Pakistan) who wish to pursue a PhD or Postdoctoral research in biotechnology. ICCBS will provide a monthly stipend which should be used to cover living costs such as food, accommodation, local transportation and incidental minor illness.

PhD fellowships

Applicants must be registered for a PhD degree in their home country in order to apply for the fellowship. The fellowship may be granted for a minimum period of 6 months and a maximum period to be decided with ICCBS.
Application deadline: 1 June 2020
Online application form:
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Postdoctoral fellowships

The postdoctoral fellowships are tenable for a minimum period of six months to a maximum period of twelve months.
Application deadline: 1 June 2020
Online application form:
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ICGEB Research Grants

ICGEB’s Collaborative Research Programme offers grants of up to 25,000€ annually, for a maximum of 3 years, to contribute to the implementation of outstanding scientific projects in basic and applied life sciences, including agricultural biotechnology. Funds can only be used to cover expenditures that are directly relevant to the project. The programme is open to applicants holding a position at a university or research institute in any of the ICGEB member states.
A special category of Early Career Return Grants is intended to fund outstanding young researchers (no more than 40 years of age) who have spent a minimum of 2 years abroad and have recently returned to an ICGEB Member State to establish their own laboratory. The application form is the same as that for the ICGEB research grants. Applicants are however requested to indicate on Form B, part 1 of the form that they are applying for this type of grant.
Application deadline: 30 April 2020
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Hans H. Ruthenberg - Graduate Award

Applications are open for the Hans Hartwig Ruthenberg-Graduate Award in recognition of outstanding diploma or masters theses in the field of food security. The academic degree must be from a university in Europe, but the language of the thesis must be German or English. The prize is endowed with €7,500.
Maximum age of applicants: 30 years
Application deadline: 30 April 2020
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Arturo Falaschi Fellowships

The International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) is offering a wide range of postgraduate fellowships in the Life Sciences, including plant biology and biotechnology, to scientists from ICGEB’s Member States. The fellowships are for research at collaborating universities in Trieste (Italy), News Delhi (India), and Cape Town (South Africa).
Application deadlines 15 April 2020 at the earliest, depending on the fellowship
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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
Post a job opportunity

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

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