Rothamsted International Fellowship Scheme (RIFS) for Scientists from Developing Countries in UK, 2018

Rothamsted International Fellowship Scheme is available for mid-career postdoctoral scientists with a minimum of 2 years experience from developing countries. Candidates without higher degrees but with equivalent research experience will also be considered.

The Rothamsted International Fellowship Scheme (RIFS) supports scientists from developing countries to train at Rothamsted Research for 6-12 months on a research project they develop jointly with a Project Leader at Rothamsted.

Rothamsted Research, previously known as the Rothamsted Experimental Station and then the Institute of Arable Crops Research, is one of the oldest agricultural research institutions in the world, having been founded in 1843.

Candidate must be of doctoral status, with at least two years post-doctoral experience. Candidates without Higher Degrees must have equivalent research experience to be considered eligible for the scheme. Applications will not be considered where the main objective of the visit is research leading to a higher degree for the Candidate.

Scholarship Description:

  • Application Deadline: October 22, 2018
  • Course Level: Fellowship is awarded to undertake research programme.
  • Study Subject: Fellowship proposals must be in agricultural, environmental, mathematical or computational sciences, and must be aligned with Rothamsted’s Research Strategy.
  • Scholarship Award: The Fellowship will provide the successful candidate with:
    • Supervision and training at Rothamsted Research
    • Funds for Research costs related to their project
    • Access to world-class research facilities and scientific support
    • Funds for accommodation and subsistence
    • Funds for travel between the home country and the UK
  • Number of Scholarships: Not Known
  • Nationality: Developing countries
  • Scholarship can be taken in the UK

Eligibility for the Scholarship:

  • Eligible Countries: Applicants from developing countries can apply for this fellowship:List of the Countries: Afghanistan, Ivory Coast, Albania, Anguilla, Angola, Ghana, Algeria, Antigua, Barbuda, Bangladesh, Kenya, Armenia, Argentina, Benin, Korea, Dem. Rep., Azerbaijan, Barbados, Bhutan, Kyrgyz Rep., Bolivia, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belize, Burundi, Pakistan, Cameroon, Botswana, Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, Cape Verde, Brazil, Central African Rep., Tajikistan, China, Chile, Chad, Uzbekistan, Colombia, Cook Islands, Comoros, Vietnam, Congo, Rep., Costa Rica, Congo Dem. Rep., Zimbabwe, Dominican Republic, Croatia, Djibouti, Ecuador, Cuba, Equatorial Guinea, Egypt, Dominica, Eritrea, El Salvador, Fiji, Ethiopia, Former Yugoslav, Republic of Macedonia, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Grenada, Guinea, Guatemala, Jamaica, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Kazakhstan, Haiti, Honduras, Lebanon, Kiribati, India, Libya, Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia, Lesotho, Iran, Mauritius, Liberia, Iraq, Mayotte, Madagascar, Jordan, Mexico, Malawi, Kosovo, Montenegro, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Montserrat, Mali, Micronesia, Federated States Nauru, Mauritania, Moldova, Oman, Mozambique, Mongolia, Palau, Myanmar, Morocco, Panama, Nepal, Namibia, Serbia, Niger, Nicaragua, Seychelles, Rwanda, Niue, South Africa, Samoa, Palestinian Administered Areas, St. Helena São Tomé and Príncipe, Paraguay, St. Kitts-Nevis Senegal, Peru, St. Lucia, Sierra Leone, Philippines, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Somalia, Swaziland, Trinidad and Tobago, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, Tanzania, Thailand, Uruguay, Timor-Leste, Tokelau, Venezuela, Togo, Tonga, Tuvalu, Tunisia, Uganda, Turkmenistan, Vanuatu, Ukraine, Yemen, Wallis and Futuna and Zambia
  • Entrance Requirements: The Candidate must meet the following criteria:
    • The Candidate must be of doctoral status, with at least two years’ post-doctoral experience. Candidates without Higher Degrees must have equivalent research experience to be considered eligible for the scheme
    • Applications will not be considered where the main objective of the visit is research leading to a higher degree for the Candidate
    • The Candidate must be a citizen, or be based exclusively in a low- to middle- income country. Please note that this will be defined as the countries listed on the DAC list of ODA recipients
    • Candidates who have extensive and/or continuous employment in a high-income country are not eligible for RI Fellowships
    • It is essential that the Candidate returns to employment in their home country where the experience gained through the RI Fellowship can be applied
    • Applications are submitted by the UK supervisor, but must be of relevance to research in the candidate’s home country. It is therefore essential that the candidate makes contact with the UK supervisor and helps to co-develop the research proposal. Proposals with minimal contributions from the candidate, or supervisor, are unlikely to succeed
    • In addition to the support of the UK supervisor, applications must also have the approval from the Head of Department where the fellowship will be hosted
  • English Language Requirements: Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.

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Application Procedure:

How to Apply: 

  • Candidates need to make sure that their project idea is in-line with the research strategy at Rothamsted, which is summarised here.
  • Candidates must then identify which Project Leader at Rothamsted to approach to develop this idea further. Candidates may identify the Project Leader either through their own direct contact with that person, recommendations via colleagues, scientific literature searches or through the relevant  department at Rothamsted (see this webpage for details of the departments
  • Once a Project Leader at Rothamsted has been identified, the candidate should complete the application form together with the Rothamsted Project Leader. The application form and further guidance notes should be obtained from the Project Leader at Rothamsted – application forms cannot be downloaded from this website.
  • Applications must be submitted by the Project Leader at Rothamsted by 09:00 UK time (GMT) on 07 November 2016.
  • This is a competitive scheme and proposals are reviewed by an expert Panel. The Panel’s decision is then  communicated to the candidate and Project Leader. This typically occurs within two months of the application deadline.

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