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Calls for proposals

Kenya Horticultural Competitiveness Project (KHCP)
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
Closing date: Not stated
Website: http://www.growkenya.org/grant-application.aspx

Terra Viva Grants Monthly Update
List of grants related to agriculture, energy, environment, and natural resources in the world's developing countries.

Symposia and conferences

Humidtropics International Conference on Systems Research for Sustainable Intensification in Smallholder Agriculture
7-10 October 2014
IITA - Ibadan, Nigeria
Call for papers and posters: http://humidtropics.cgiar.org/events/humidtropics-2014-science-conference
Registration information: http://humidtropics.cgiar.org/conference1/registration
More information: http://humidtropics.cgiar.org/openaccess/?did=20

International Banana Symposium
SMX Convention Center, Davao City, Philippines
19-22 November 2014
Programme: PDF (680 kB)
Registration: PDF (519 kB)
More information: a.molina at cgiar.org

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Training courses

IUCN Red List Training course now available online
Prompted by the IUCN Red List’s increasing popularity and a growing need for Red List training around the world, 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. The course teaches everything you need to know about how to prepare high-quality Red List assessments. It is particularly useful for SSC members about to embark on red listing for the first time, or for experienced Red List Assessors who want to refresh their memory on any aspect of the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria.
Currently, the first four modules are available (covering what the IUCN Red List is, the Red List assessment process, IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria, and supporting information for assessments) with a further three modules being released within the next few weeks (mapping standards, SIS, and regional Red List assessments). Towards the end of this year the course will also include an exam to test your Red List knowledge and allow you to gain a Red List Assessor certificate.
For more information: http://www.iucnredlist.org/technical-documents/red-list-training/online-training
Contact: Caroline Pollock
Email: caroline.pollock@iucn.org

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Scholarships and awards

TWAS Fellowships for Research and Advanced Training
The world academy of sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries (TWAS) offers fellowships to young scientists in developing countries to enable them to spend three to 12 months at a research institution in a developing country other than their own. The purpose of these fellowships is to enhance the research capacity of promising scientists, especially those at the beginning of their research career, helping them to foster links for further collaboration.
Eligibility: The fellowships are for research and advanced training. They are offered to young scientists holding at least an MSc or equivalent degree.
Closing date: 01 October 2014. Please note that there is a two-part application process and applications will not be considered unless both parts are submitted.
Website: http://www.twas.org/opportunity/twas-fellowships-research-and-advanced-training

Netherlands Organization for Cooperation in Higher Education (NUFFIC) — Netherlands Fellowship Programs 2014-2015
The Netherlands Fellowship Programs (NFP) offer opportunities for professionals in 50 developing countries to pursue masters degrees, PhD studies, and short courses in the Netherlands. Individuals applying for fellowships must be admitted to the relevant academic programs in order to be eligible for funding. Programs include subjects in agricultural and veterinary sciences; sustainable energy; marine biology; water resources; environmental governance; and various other areas related to environment and natural resources.
Closing dates vary by sub-programs: 06 May 2014 and 07 October 2014
Website: http://www.studyinholland.nl/scholarships/scholarships-administered-by-nuffic/netherlands-fellowship-programmes

U.S. Department of Agriculture - Borlaug Fellowships 2015 call for applications
The U.S. Department of Agriculture welcomes applications for the 2015 Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program. The program offers training and collaborative research opportunities to scientists, researchers, and policymakers from 34 developing countries. Themes include soil and water management; agricultural genetics and breeding; livestock health and management; agricultural processing; biotechnology; climate change; biofuels; and others (varying by eligible countries). Fellows work with a mentor at a U.S. university, research center, or government agency — usually for 6-12 weeks. The U.S. mentor later visits the fellow’s home institution to continue collaboration.
Closing date: 31 October 2014
Website: http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.fas.usda.gov%2Fnewsroom%2Faccepting-applications-2015-borlaug-fellowships&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFrqEzfykYKp8_9VF6C4HpAKEsbiPyzl4A

The Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (LEAP) call for applications
The Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (Borlaug LEAP) is currently accepting applications from sub-Saharan African students conducting research on topics related to the US Government's global hunger initiative — Feed the Future.  All topics related to agriculture (as defined by Title XII) and the Feed the Future initiative are admissible. 
Closing date: 02 December 2014
Website: http://borlaugleap.org/

The world academy of sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries (TWAS)
With the world’s largest South-South PhD and post-doctoral research fellowship programme, TWAS helps early-career researchers to gain education and experience at top global science institutions.
More information on fellowships: http://www.twas.org/opportunities/fellowships
More information on research grants: http://www.twas.org/opportunities/research-grants

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: Determined by the Program
For more information: http://www.vliruos.be/4273.aspx
For general questions: ellen.vanhimbergen@vliruos.be

Calls for nominations for two scientific awards

Louis Malassis International Scientific Prize for Agriculture and Food
Agropolis Fondation created the Louis Malassis International Scientific Prize for Agriculture and Food in order to recognize individuals, or a group of individuals, for their exemplary and promising contribution in promoting innovation through research, development and capacity building in the North, South or in the Mediterranean Region in order to improve food and agricultural systems sustainability as well as contribute to addressing food security and poverty reduction. The Prize consists of the following categories: Louis Malassis Distinguished Scientist Prize is conferred to an outstanding scientist, or a group of scientists who has made significant contribution in the field covered by the Prize through his/her (or their collective) work; Louis Malassis Young Promising Scientist Prize is given to a young individual, or a group of young scientists, who has carried out original and promising work in the field covered by the Prize.; Louis Malassis Outstanding Career in Agricultural Development Prize is awarded to a person still in activity whose professional career is devoted to agricultural development, be it in the field of research, innovation, development or policy.
Closing date: 04 December 12:00 (French time)
Application guidelines: http://www.agropolis-fondation.fr/uploads/LMISP2015/LMISP%202015%20Rules%20and%20Info%20FINAL.pdf
Website: http://www.agropolis-fondation.fr/uk/our-actions/Malassis-Prize.html
Contact: malassis-prize2012@agropolis.fr
 
Olam Prize for Innovation in Food Security
Olam International, partners with Agropolis Fondation in launching the inaugural Olam Prize for Innovation in Food Security, which will be judged and awarded in conjunction with the Louis Malassis prizes (mentioned above).
Closing date: 04 December 12:00 (French time)
Application guidelines: http://www.agropolis-fondation.fr/uploads/LMISP2015/Olam%20Prize%20for%20Innovation%20in%20Food%20Security%202015_Terms%20and%20Conditions%20FINAL.pdf
Website: http://www.agropolis-fondation.fr/uk/our-actions/Malassis-Prize.html
Contact: malassis-prize2012@agropolis.fr

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Travel grants

African Network of Scientific and Technological Institutions Conference Grants
Grants (up to $2,500) to attend international meetings to present papers. Open to academic staff of ANSTI member institutions.
Closing date: Applications are accepted all year round.
Website: http://www.ansti.org/index.php/fellowships/ansti-conference-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.
Closing date: Applications are accepted all year round.
Website: http://www.theihs.org/ContentDetails.aspx?id=516

SEARCA Travel Grants
Open to southeast Asian nationals who work for a development-oriented institution or are graduate students at a reputable university in Southeast Asia. Up to $1,200 for travel to present papers at local or international scientific conferences or fora.
Closing date: Applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis in 2nd week of March, June, September and December.
Website: http://www.searca.org/index.php/research-and-development/searca-travel-grants

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Job opportunities

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