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Calls for proposals
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
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:  to open shortly
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/

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. Travel grants are available  to current PhD students or young postdocs who completed their PhD no earlier than June 2015. 
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) is organizing its 7th International banana congress. The event will bring together representatives of five continents who will share the latest results in scientific research, logistics and transportation related to the international banana market. More than 30 speakers will participate through round tables, panels and lectures.
Location: Hotel Hyatt Regency Miami Downtown,  Miami, Florida
Dates: 26-29 September 2017
Registration: https://congresointernacionaldebanano.com/es/mi-cuenta/
Website: https://congresointernacionaldebanano.com/?lang=en
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
SEARCA PhD Research Scholarship

The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) invites applications to its Research Scholarship Programme. This scholarship aims to provide PhD students the opportunity to use the resources and facilities available at SEARCA and its network of universities for their research. The topic of the applicant's PhD research must be aligned with SEARCA's concepts of Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development (ISARD) .
Application deadline: 30 September 2017
Application form: http://www.searca.org/phocadownload/scholarship_downloads/phd_app_form_07.pdf
For more information: http://www.searca.org/index.php/scholarship/research-scholarship

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/

TWAS fellowships

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
For more information: https://twas.org/opportunity/twas-cemb-postdoctoral-fellowship-programme

TWAS-ICCBS Postgraduate Fellowship Programme
The International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) — comprising the H.E.J. Research Institute of Chemistry and the Dr. Panjwani Centre for Molecular and Drug Research in Karachi, Pakistan — and TWAS offer fellowships to young scientists from developing countries (other than Pakistan) who wish to pursue research towards a PhD in chemical and biological sciences.
Application deadline: 31 August 2017
For more information: https://twas.org/opportunity/twas-iccbs-postgraduate-fellowship-programme

TWAS-DBT Postgraduate Fellowship Programme
TWAS and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) of the Ministry of Science and Technology in India have established a fellowship programme for foreign scholars from developing countries who wish to pursue research towards a PhD in biotechnology.
Application deadline: 31 August 2017
For more information: https://twas.org/opportunity/twas-dbt-postgraduate-fellowship-programme

TWAS-CIIT Postgraduate Fellowship Programme
TWAS and COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) are offering fellowships to young scientists from developing countries (other than Pakistan) who wish to obtain all or part (sandwich or full-time) of their PhD in natural or social sciences.
Duration: minimum of six months to a maximum of 3 years (up to 18 months for a sandwich programme)
Application deadline: 31 August 2017
For more information: https://twas.org/opportunity/twas-ciit-postgraduate-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
For more information: https://twas.org/opportunity/twas-upm-postdoctoral-fellowship-programme

TWAS-BIOTEC Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme
This fellowship is for young scientists from developing countries, other than Thailand, who wish to pursue advanced research in biotechnology at the National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC) in Thailand.
Application deadline: 15 September 2017
For more information: https://twas.org/opportunity/twas-biotec-postdoctoral-fellowship-programme

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

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.

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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
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