August 10, 2011

Bioversity International Vavilov-Frankel Fellowships for Developing Countries

Bioversity International Fellowships:
Call for Vavilov-Frankel Fellowship in Developing Countries


Course(s) offered: Biophysical, Economics, Social themes
Course Level: Graduate (Research)
Provider: Bioversity International, Pioneer Hi-Bred, GRDC
Country to Study in: Developing Countries

Scholarship Description
Bioversity International announces Fellowships in the field of biophysical, economic and social themes related to the conservation and use of of genetic resources in developing countries.

This fellowship is in partnership of Bioversity International, and Pioneer Hi-Bred, United States and the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).

Fellowships are for a wide range of biophysical, economic and social themes related to the conservation and use of plant genetic resources in developing countries.

Eligibility
The following must apply:
  • Nationality: Applicants should be nationals of low income and lower-middle income countries, according to the Human and Income Poverty Index. 
  • Age: Applicants should be no more than 35 years of age. 
  • Degree: Applicants should hold at least a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject area.
Eligible groups
Citizens of Developing Countries

Participating Institutions
Bioversity International and Pioneer Hi-Bred, United States and the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC)

Fields of study
Biophysical, economic and social themes related to the conservation and use of of genetic resources. This year’s Vavilov-Frankel Fellowships call focuses on the following themes:
  • Gene discovery in crop wild relatives
  • Use of plant genetic resources for adaptation to progressive climate change
  • Facilitating better use of genebank materials
  • Researching neglected and underutilized species for food and nutrition security
  • Policy research in support of the implementation of the International Treaty for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
  • Applying economics to agrobiodiversity conservation, sustainable use and policy analysis
  • Farmer, trader and market strategies for adding value to crop diversity
  • Management of plant diseases through a better understanding of host-pathogen interactions and co-evolution
Number of awards
Two fellowships will be awarded

Sponsorship duration
Between 3 to 12 months period

Scholarship benefits
Two fellowships, for up to US$ 20 000 each, are available for 2012 to carry out research, from 3 to 12 months, on a wide range of biophysical, economic and social themes related to the conservation and use of plant genetic resources in developing countries.

Method of Application
To apply, eligible candidates will have to visit the official website (link to it is below) to download the official application form. After downloading, save it to your hard-disk, fill out the form properly and send it by post to the address indicated on it.

DEADLINES:
The scholarship application deadline is 6 November 2011

PLEASE NOTE:
Bioversity International established the Fellowship Fund in 1989 to commemorate Academician Nikolai Ivanovich Vavilov’s and Sir Otto Frankel’s unique contributions to plant science. To date, we have supported 37 outstanding young scientists from 24 developing countries.

Application Deadline: 6 November 2011
Open to International Students: Yes

Further Scholarship Information and Application

Related: Scholarships in the USA for International Students

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