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Calls for proposals
ICGEB Research Grants

The International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) is a dedicated source of funding aimed at financing projects addressing original scientific problems of particular relevance for the host country and of regional interest. Support is available for research projects in many fields of basic and applied science, including agricultural biotechnology. The grants are intended to facilitate the creation of research facilities in promising institutes; to promote training of young scientists; and to develop new research programs in participating countries. The programme is open to applicants who have positions at universities and research institutes in ICGEB’s member states. Grants are a maximum of €25 thousand per year for projects of up to three years.
Application deadline: 30 April 2018
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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
XIII International Plant Biotechnology Symposium
This symposium will cover a wide range of topics related to plant biotechnology such as, tissue and organ culture, plant-microbe interactions, functional genomics and proteomics, conservation of phytogenetic resources, and public perception of biotechnology. There will also be a workshop on the contribution of biotechnology to the management of Fusarium wilt in Musa.
Location: Cayo Santa María, Cuba
Dates: 8-11 May 2018
Official languages: Spanish and English
Abstract submission deadline: 20 February 2018
For more information: (in Spanish)
Acorbat International

The next Acorbat International Banana Congress gathering scientists, producers, traders, agronomists and technicians from around the world will take place in Miami, USA.
Location: Miami Airport Convention Center
Dates: 2-4 May 2018
Registration form: Excel file (415 kB)
Contact person:
For more information:​

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Training courses
Training course on plant genetic resources

Application is open for the three-week training course, “Plant Genetic Resources and Resilient Seed Systems for Sustainable Food Security” organized by the Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation, Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development, and Bioversity International. The course is designed for research, education and/or development professionals with an interest in agriculture, agrobiodiversity, seeds and food security. Applicants should be fluent in English, have a bachelor’s degree and at least three years professional experience in a relevant field. Early application is recommended as some procedures to finalise subscription (e.g. funding, visa) can take some time. Wageningen CDI does not provide financial support, but will provide instructions to register in ATLAS, the online application form for the Orange Knowledge Programme Fellowship. Consult the CDI application procedures.
Location: Pokhara, Nepal
Dates: 22 October - 9 November 2018
Application deadline for the training course: 10 September 2018
Application form:
For more information:

MASHAV Professional Courses

Israel’s Agency for International Development (MASHAV) offers short courses (in English and a number of other languages) that target professionals from governmental and non-governmental institutions, universities, research institutes and/or private sector involved in agricultural development in arid and semi-arid regions. A limited number of scholarships are available. The scholarship covers the cost of the training program including lectures and field visits, full board accommodation in double rooms, health insurance (certain restrictions apply) and transfers to and from the airport. Airfares and daily allowance are not included in the scholarship.

Irrigation and Fertigation for Intensive Crop Production
This course will focus on profitable agriculture, based on efficient water management and the implementation of irrigation and fertigation systems adapted to the different crops. The course will also serve as a platform for discussing the application of the latest methods and technologies in the unique conditions of each participating country.

Location: Kibbutz Hotel - Shefayim, Israel
Dates: 23 April - 11 May
Registration deadline: 6 March 2018
Registration forms: Forms in various languages are available on the website. The English form is available in Word or PDF.
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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
TUBITAK Research Fellowships Programme

The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) awards research fellowships to PhD students and young postdoctoral researchers. Applicants should be non-Turkish citizens who are 35 or younger. Preference is for candidates who have the potential to contribute to Turkey’s international cooperation in scientific and technological development. The fields of research collaboration include agricultural sciences. The maximum length of the fellowship is 12 months. All applicants must register in the Researcher Information System (ARBIS), before submitting their application electronically via the TÜBİTAK scholarship application portal.
Application deadlines: 05 March - 06 April and 03 Sept - 05 October
Application submission portal:
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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: 30 April 2018
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Cargill Global Scholars Program

The agribusiness company Cargill is offering scholarships to university 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 will receive an annual scholarship for up to two years, as well as opportunities for leadership training and networking. 
2018 application deadlines: 1 March (USA), 6 March (India), 2 April (Russia), 15 April (Indonesia), 20 May (Brazil) and 21 May (China)

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
Application deadline: 30 April 2018
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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 Prizes
TWAS is inviting nominations of scientists from developing countries working in one of the nine eligible fields, including agricultural sciences. Nine prizes of USD15,000 each will be awarded to scientists who have made an outstanding contribution to scientific knowledge and/or to the application of science and technology to sustainable development. The candidates must be scientists who have been working and living in a developing country for at least ten years.
Application deadline: 15 March 2018
For more information

Abdool Karim Prize
This prize, named after TWAS Fellow Quarraisha Abdool Karim, carries a cash award of USD 5,000. It is designed to honour women scientists in low income African countries for their achievements in Biological Sciences.
Nomination deadline: 25 April 2018 (nomination may only be submitted electronically)
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Fayzah M. Al-Kharafi Prize
This annual prize, named after the TWAS Fellow Fayzah M. Al-Kharafi, recognizes women scientists from scientifically and technologically lagging (STL) countries. It carries a cash award of USD 4,000 and will rotate among various fields of science.
Nomination deadline: 25 April 2018 (nomination may only be submitted electronically)
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CAS-TWAS President’s PhD Fellowship Programme
The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and TWAS are providing students/scholars who are non-Chinese citizens an opportunity to pursue doctoral degrees at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, the University of Science and Technology of China or other CAS institutes in China. Up to 200 students/scholars from all over the world will be sponsored for up to 4 years.
Application deadline: 31 March 2018
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TWAS-NRF Doctoral Programme
South Africa's National Research Foundation (NRF) and Department of Science and Technology (DST) are working in partnership with TWAS to advance science in developing countries through two doctoral fellowships: the NRF-TWAS Doctoral Fellowships and the NRF-TWAS African Renaissance Doctoral Fellowships. These fellowships are destined for candidates from developing countries (other than South Africa).
Application deadline: 18 July 2018
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IPNI Scholar Awards

The International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) offers awards of US$2,000 each to graduate students attending a degree-granting institution located in a region with an IPNI program (students at African universities that are not located in region with an IPNI program should read the note in the Eligibility section). Priority will be given to the relevance of the proposed research in support of IPNI's mission. Students in the disciplines of soil and plant sciences including agronomy, horticulture, ecology, soil fertility, soil chemistry, crop physiology, and other areas related to plant nutrition are encouraged to apply.
Application deadline: 01 May 2018
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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.

Mastercard-RUFORUM scholarships
RUFORUM is partnering with the MasterCard Foundation to implement a scholarship program to transform African agricultural universities to meaningfully contribute to Africa’s growth and development. For the academic year 2018, 45 Bachelor and 15 Master scholarships are available.  Students enrolled under this program will receive comprehensive scholarships, leadership development, life skills support, entrepreneurship training and mentorship and exposure to community engagement. The scholarships are tenable at Egerton University in Kenya and Gulu University in Uganda.
Application deadline: 31 March 2018
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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
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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)
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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; 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
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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.
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Job opportunities
Associate Scientist, Banana Germplasm Evaluation

Bioversity International is recruiting a scientist to contribute to the design, implementation, coordination and monitoring of multi-location, participatory banana cultivar evaluation trials carried out by partners from a broad range of R4D organizations. The position will require extensive travel to field sites in various banana-producing regions. The candidate will work under the supervision of the Senior Scientist on Musa Germplasm Evaluation and in close collaboration with other scientific staff of the Banana Cultivar Evaluation and Use team.
Duty station: Arusha, Tanzania
Application deadline: 23 March 2018
For more information:
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