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Calls for proposals

Every year, the Pacific Development and Conservation Trust awards approximately $250,000 in grants to groups and individuals in the Pacific for a range of development and conservation projects. Applicants must be citizens of New Zealand or eligible Pacific countries and territories. Among the funding priorities are projects that improve health, living standards and quality of life; involve protection of representative, endangered or threatened species; conserve unique habitats or ecosystems and promote the sustainable management and use of natural resources.
Closing date: 31 March 2016 for expressions of interest and 18 July 2016 for full applications
Website: Pacific Development and Conservation Trust

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
Deadline for submission: Open
Website: http://www.growkenya.org/grant-application.aspx

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Training courses

The course includes an overview of the most important banana diseases and how to address them through breeding and biotechnological approaches, including regulatory and risk assessment principles relevant to Africa. There will also be a two-day workshop on how to communicate research findings to non-scientific audiences and visits to confined field trials and local farmers. The course is organized by Ghent University’s International Plant Biotechnology Outreach in collaboration with KULeuven and NARO.
Location and date: Kawanda, Uganda, 19-30 September 2016
Registration deadline: 30 June 2016
Website: http://ipbo.vib-ugent.be/training/specialist-courses/banana-research-in-africa
Contact: Sylvie De Buck

Pretoria, South Africa
29 May – 03 June 2016

The Fusarium Laboratory Workshop will be hosted by the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI), at the University of Pretoria. More than half of the duration of the workshop will be "hands on" and spent in the laboratory working with a standard set of strains. Participants will learn how to use morphological characters to identify common Fusarium species, how to perform vegetative compatibility group (VCG) and cross-fertility assays, and how to amplify DNA and analyze DNA sequences. The workshop will also include a suite of lectures on topics such as species concepts, phylogenetics, population genetics and genomics.
Please note that the workshop is limited to 30 participants.
Website: http://fabinet.up.ac.za/fusarium
Contact: Gerda Fourie
Email: Gerda1.Fourie at fabi.up.ac.za

The objective of this course is to present concepts and methods for analysis and design of agricultural systems, in a multi-scale (field, farm, landscape) and multi-domain (socio-economic and biophysical) integrated approach. The course is designed for PhD students or post/doc scientists who have some experience of agricultural system analysis and modelling at crop, farm or region level at least in one of the domains (agronomy, ecology, geography, economy…) and who would like to strengthen their theoretical background and knowledge of methods in integrated analysis and design of agricultural systems. The course is limited to 30 participants. Priority will be given to capacity building in national institutions and projects in Africa and in the Mediterranean region. Please note that part of the class will be given on-line prior to the specified dates in Montpellier.
Location and date: Montpellier, France, 12-16 July 2016
Application closing date: 20 June 2016
More information: PDF (234 kB)
Contact: Jacques.wery@supagro.fr

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Scholarships and awards

John Allwright Fellowship 2016
ACIAR awards the John Allwright Fellowship for university post-graduate studies in Australia. Applicants must be citizens of an ACIAR priority partner country, and engaged in an ACIAR collaborative project at the time of application.
Closing date: 31 July 2016
More information: http://aciar.gov.au/training/jaf

John Dillon Fellowship for Young Agricultural Scientists
ACIAR awards the John Dillon Fellowships to young agricultural scientists and economists in developing countries for professional visits to Australia. The fellowship aims to develop leadership skills in agricultural research management, agricultural policy, and/or extension technologies. Applicants must be citizens of an ACIAR priority partner country. ACIAR funds eight to ten John Dillon fellowships per year.
Closing date: 31 August 2016
More information: http://aciar.gov.au/training/JDF

Stellenbosch University in South Africa offers the Iso Lomso fellowships for a three-year attachment at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study. Fellows also have the possibility of a residency at a sister institute for advanced study in North America, Europe, or elsewhere -- in addition to support for international conferences and training. The programme is aimed at African scholars who have obtained a doctoral degree within the preceding eight years, and who hold an academic position at a university or research institution anywhere in Africa. All disciplines are considered.
Closing date: 25 May 2016
More information: http://stias.ac.za/iso-lomso/

The Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) supports female scientists in Sub-Saharan Africa and least developed Countries (LDCs) with doctoral fellowships in the natural sciences. The fellowships are for the pursuit of a doctoral degree at a host institution in a developing country, but not in the applicant's home country. Applicants should be qualified young women science graduates (generally below 40 years of age), who have an M.Sc. degree or outstanding B.Sc. in the natural sciences. The eligible scientific fields include agricultural sciences; biological systems and organisms; and many others.
Closing date:  31 May 2016
More information: http://owsd.ictp.it/career-development/phd-fellowship

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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.
Closing dates: 7 December, 7 march, 7 June and 7 September
More information: http://www.searca.org/index.php/scholarship/searca-travel-grants

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: https://theihs.org/funding/hayek-fund/

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