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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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Symposia and conferences

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Training courses

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

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. 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

The agribusiness company Cargill offers scholarships to university students interested in food security, agriculture, and risk management. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia, or the USA -- and attend university in those countries. Each Cargill Global Scholar receives an annual scholarship for up to three years, as well as opportunities for leadership training and networking.
Closing dates: 01 March 2016 for each of India and USA; 08 April 2016 for China; 10 April 2016 for Russia; and 15 April 2016 for Brazil. Look for likely future announcement for Indonesia.
Website: https://www.cargillglobalscholars.com/

TWAS 2016 Prizes
Each year the Academy awards nine prizes of USD 15,000 each to individual scientists who have been working and living in a developing country for at least 10 years.
Closing date: 29 February 2016
More information: http://twas.org/opportunity/twas-2016-prizes

President’s PhD Fellowship Programme
Under an agreement between the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), up to 200 students/scholars from all over the world, including 60 from developed countries, will be sponsored to travel to China for PhD studies for up to four years.
Closing date 31 March 2016
More information: http://twas.org/opportunity/cas-twas-presidents-phd-fellowship-programme

Cooperation Visit Programme
TWAS and the German Research Foundation (DFG) announce a Cooperation Visit Programme for postdoctoral researchers from sub-Saharan Africa, including South Africa. Under this programme, researchers are assisted in making a ‘Cooperation Visit’ of no more than 3 months to an institute in Germany. The aim of the visit, which must take place within 12 months of the award, is to discuss research collaborations with German scientists. TWAS will cover health insurance and travel expenses, while DFG will provide subsistence costs for the stay in Germany.
Closing date: 31 March  (successful applicants will be informed three months after the deadline)
More information: http://twas.org/opportunity/twas-dfg-cooperation-visits-programme

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: 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

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

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Job opportunities

A Research Associate position related to banana Fusarium Wilt prevention and control is available at the Yunnan Academy Agricultural Sciences (YAAS). This position will be financed by The Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) through their Talented Young Scientist Program. MOST will provide each scientist with RMB ¥12500 per month for accommodation, insurance and other living expenses during the program.
Requirements: The candidate must be from Africa or Asia, have a PhD in plant pathology and is already employed by a university or research institute.
Closing date: 01 February 2016
More information: http://www.tysp.org/English/PositionDetails/cc0f3db4-8094-4930-8928-f1017bdce405