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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:
Closing date: Not stated

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

6th International Congress of Nematology
Cape Town, South Africa
4 - 9 May 2014
On-line registration is open
Abstract submission deadline: 31 January 2014

Tropentag 2014: International Conference on Research on Food Security, Natural Resource Management and Rural Development
Prague, Czech Republic
17-19 September
Abstract submission deadline: 01 May

Humidtropics International Conference on Systems Research for Sustainable Intensification in Smallholder Agriculture
7-10 October 2014
IITA - Ibadan, Nigeria
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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:
Contact: Caroline Pollock



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

Fellowships for Agricultural Research at U.S. Universities: The Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program
The Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (Borlaug LEAP) offers fellowships for graduate students from developing countries for agricultural research at universities in the USA. The program currently invites applications from citizens of USAID-assisted countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Each research project is coordinated by a university in the student's home country, a university in the USA, and a mentor in the CGIAR.
Closing date: 15 May 2014

African Network of Scientific and Technical Institutions (ANSTI) - ANSTI/DAAD Post-Graduate Fellowships 2014.
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) cooperates with ANSTI by offering financial support for Masters and Ph.D degrees at institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa. The fellowships are awarded to nationals in Sub-Saharan Africa for studies outside the applicants' home countries. Participants must be from ANSTI member institutions, and be less than 36 years old at the time of application.
Closing date: 31 May 2014.
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Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) — 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 fellowships aim to develop leadership skills in agricultural research management, agricultural policy, and/or extension technologies. Applicants are citizens of ACIAR's priority partner countries who spend several weeks at one or two host Australian organizations. ACIAR funds eight to ten John Dillon fellowships per year.
Closing date: 31 August 2014

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.
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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.
Closing date: Determined by the Program
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Travel grants

Early Career Academic Grants
To mark its Centenary, the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) is offering 100 Early Career Academic Grants to staff at ACU member universities to cover the costs of travel to and attendance at relevant conferences or academic meetings in another Commonwealth country. The scheme is aimed at early career academics who have not yet had the opportunity to work, study, or travel outside their home country or region.
Closing date: 07 February 2014 (application round two for events taking place between 10 March and 30 June 2014). Application round three will be announced in late March for events scheduled to take place between July and September.

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.

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.

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.


Job opportunities

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