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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:
Deadline for submission: Open


Symposia and conferences


Training courses

International training course on the in vitro culture of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi on excised roots (root-organ culture techniques) and autotrophic plants, both of which are used in the in vitro mycorrhization of bananas. The trainees will have the opportunity to manipulate the organisms (i.e. roots, whole plants and fungi) during each phase of the establishment of an in vitro culture. Postdocs, PhD students and technicians from the Center of Study on AM Monoxenics and the Glomeromycota in vitro collection will be on hand to help the trainees. The training is limited to 12 participants.
Location: Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
Dates: 23 - 28 October 2016

The course addresses the interlinked challenges of agriculture and climate change from various perspectives including animal and plant sciences, politics and governance, and business and finance. It will provide participants with an overview of climate-smart agriculture, the opportunities, challenges and trade-offs. The 6-day course is built around a series of lectures followed by discussions, a poster session and group work activities.
Location and date: Wageningen University, the Netherlands, 21-26 August

Early bird registration ends 15 July
Contact: Dr. Claudius van de Vijver (

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
Contact: Sylvie De Buck


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
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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
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TWAS administers several programs of research grants, mainly in the basic sciences, for researchers in the developing world. Depending on the program, grants are for individual scientists, research groups, and consortia. TWAS describes the objectives, subject areas, and eligibility criteria of each program. Applications are to be submitted on a new online system.
Closing date: May or August 2016, depending on the fellowship

PhD fellowships:

Postdoctoral fellowships:

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.


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
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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.


Job opportunities