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Calls for proposals
Grants for Family Agriculture in West Africa

The French Committee for International Solidarity (CFSI), in partnership with Fondation de France, funds projects that support small-scale farming in West Africa. This call for proposals is reserved for proposals of partnership actions, formalized between African and European organization(s). The applicant organization can be West African or European. Two kinds of initiatives will be supported: short-term projects (one-year duration), with a granted amount of 10,000€ to 15,000€ and multi-year projects (3 years maximum), with a maximum amount of 50,000€ for the whole period (3 years).
Project submission deadline
: 26 February 2018
Guidelines and application form: in French and in English
For more information (in French): http://www.cfsi.asso.fr/thematique/appel-a-projets-promotion-lagriculture-familiale-afrique-louest-fondation-france-et-cfsi

BioInnovate Africa Programme Phase II

The BioInnovate Africa Programme is calling for concept notes on value addition and agro/bioprocessing for smallholder farmers and communities in eastern Africa. Grant amount per project ranges from USD250,000 to USD750,000 depending on the category.
Eligible applicants: Scientists, researchers and innovators from Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda who are not current recipients of a BioInnovate Africa project grant.
Grant period: Up to three years
Application deadline: 2 February 2018
Website: http://bioinnovate-africa.org/competitive-calls/#1510146331271-c833ca2d-9df

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
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: mparedes@expoplaza.ec
For more information: https://www.expoplaza.ec/en/acorbat-2018/​

National Banana Festival

Location: Kalliyoor, Kerala, India
Dates: 17-21 February 2018
The National Banana Festival will be host to various activities including an exhibition, training sessions, a farmers’ meet and a three-day seminar on conserving diversity, preserving identity and promoting value. The festival is organized by the Centre for Innovation in Science and Social action (CISSA) in partnership with national and state organizations.
Online registration: http://bananafest.in/register/
For more information: http://bananafest.in/about/

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Training courses
Course on Agricultural Development in Arid Regions

Where: Kibbutz Hotel - Shefayim, Israel
Dates: 11-23 March 2018
Israel’s Agency for International Development (MASHAV) is offering the international short course, Agricultural Development in Arid Regions, which will focus on the efficient use, protection and development of water resources, management of salinity, and creation of long-term economically and environmentally sound operations. The course, given in English will be geared towards 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.
Application deadline: 26 January 2018
For more information: http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/mashav/Courses/Documents/16-08%20Agricultural%20Development%20in%20Arid%20Regions.pdf
Application form: http://mashav.mfa.gov.il/MFA/mashav/Courses/Pages/default.aspx

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
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
For more information: http://www.stiftung-fiat-panis.de/en/science-awards/hans-h-ruthenberg

TWAS award and fellowship

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 informationhttps://twas.org/opportunity/twas-prizes

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
For more information: https://twas.org/opportunity/cas-twas-presidents-phd-fellowship-programme

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
For more information: https://www.ipni.net/scholar/learn

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.

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/

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)
For more information: 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.
For more information: https://theihs.org/funding/hayek-fund/

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Job opportunities
Geospatial Data Scientist

IITA and Bioversity International are recruiting a Postdoctoral Fellow - Geospatial Data Scientist to support geospatial data collection, analysis and modelling under a Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) supported project in Central Africa. The project aims to use citizen science and information and communication technology (ICT) to develop cost-effective and scalable decision support tools for advancing the prevention and control of Banana Xanthomonas Wilt (BXW) in East and Central Africa. The project has a 3-year timeline and will mainly take place in Rwanda; where the position is based.
Duty station: Kigali, Rwanda
Application deadline: 26 January 2018
For more information: http://jobs.iita.org/eRecruit/Home/GetDocument/2404
To apply: http://jobs.iita.org/eRecruit/RecApplication/Create?vid=2404

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