Vavilov–Frankel Fellowship for Developing Countries’ Scientists, 2015

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Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is funding Vavilov-Frankel Fellowship for outstanding scientists from developing countries. Fellowship is awarded to carry out research on the conservation and use of agricultural and forest biodiversity. The length of research is 12 months and fellowship covers equipment, bench fees, supplies, travel, stipend/subsistence for living expenses, literature and documentation and other relevant research costs. The applications deadline is 28 February, 2015.

Study Subject(s): Fellowship is awarded for research on the conservation and use of agricultural and forest biodiversity.
Course Level: Fellowship is available to carry out research.
Scholarship Provider: Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), Australia
Scholarship can be taken at: Abroad and Australia (Research may be carried out at an Australian research institute or at an international agricultural research center.)

Eligibility: Applicants eligible for this call should:
-Be national of a country of low or medium human development according to the Human Development Index
-Be no more than 35 years of age at the time of application.
-Hold at least a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject area

Scholarship Open for International Students: Citizens of developing countries (Afghanistan, Gambia, Mozambique, Bangladesh, The Guinea, Myanmar, Benin, Guinea-Bisau, Nepal, Burkina Faso, Haiti, Niger, Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Cambodia, Korea, Dem Rep., Sierra Leone, Central African Republic, Kyrgyz Republic, Somalia, Liberia, Tajikistan, Comoros, Madagascar, Tanzania, Malawi, Togo, Congo, Dem. Rep, Eritrea, Mali, Uganda, Ethiopia, Mauritania, Zimbabwe, Albania, Indonesia, Samoa, Armenia, India, São Tomé and Principe, Belize, Iraq, Senegal, Bhutan, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Bolivia, Kosovo, South Sudan, Cameroon, Lao PDR, Sri Lanka, Cape Verde, Lesotho, Sudan, Congo, Rep., Marshall Islands, Swaziland, Côte d’Ivoire, Micronesia, Fed. Sts., Syrian Arab Republic, Djibouti, Moldova, Timor-Leste, Egypt, Arab Rep., Mongolia, Tonga, El Salvador, Morocco, Ukraine, Fiji, Nicaragua, Uzbekistan, Georgia, Nigeria, Vanuatu, Ghana, Pakistan, Vietnam, Guatemala, Papua New Guinea, West Bank and Gaza, Guyana, Paraguay, Yemen, Rep., Honduras, Philippines, Zambia, Angola, Ecuador, Palau, Algeria, Gabon, Panama, American Samoa, Grenada, Peru, Antigua and Barbuda, Iran, Islamic Rep., Romania, Argentina, Jamaica, Russian Federation, Azerbaijan, Jordan, Serbia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Seychelles, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Latvia, South Africa, Botswana, Lebanon, St. Lucia, Brazil, Libya, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Suriname, Chile, Macedonia, FYR, Thailand, China, Malaysia, Tunisia, Colombia, Maldives, Turkey, Costa Rica, Mauritius, Turkmenistan, Cuba, Mexico, Tuvalu, Dominica, Montenegro and Uruguay) can apply for this fellowship.

Scholarship Description: The Vavilov-Frankel Fellowship enables outstanding scientists from developing countries to carry out research on the conservation and use of agricultural and forest biodiversity. The research involves collaboration with an academic institution outside of the fellows’ home countries. To date, 41 scientists from 25 countries from all regions of the world have received the Fellowship. Research may be carried out at an Australian research institute or at an international agricultural research center such as Bioversity International, CIMMYT, IRRI, ICARDA or ICRISAT, if the benefit of the research to Australia can be clearly demonstrated, and meet at least one of the following four additional GRDC criteria:
– Target a species that is a priority for both Australia and the home country
– Target an alternative, neglected and underutilized species with either environmental or economic potential for Australia
-Work on any of the following specific crops: wheat, barley, oats, sorghum, cereal rye, triticale, maize, canary seed, millets/panicum, canola, linseed, safflower, soybeans, sunflowers, chickpeas, cowpeas, faba beans, field peas, lentils, lupins, mung beans, peanuts, pigeon peas and vetch.
– Use biotechnology in support of efficient use of plant genetic resources.
-In addition, the topic of the research should be aligned with Bioversity’s research portfolio

Number of award(s): Not Known

Duration of award(s): The fellowship is awarded for up to 12 months duration.

What does it cover? The fellowship, up to US$ 20,000 for a research project of up to 12 months duration. Multi-disciplinary research is particularly encouraged. The fellowship may cover equipment, bench fees, supplies, travel, stipend/subsistence for living expenses, literature and documentation, and other relevant research costs.

Selection Criteria: Not Known

Notification: The successful applicant will be informed by 30 April 2015 and is required to take up his/her Fellowships before 1 November 2015.

How to Apply: Applications should be submitted by email in English, French or Spanish to vff2015-at-cgiar.org. They must include the following attachments: Application form, Curriculum vitae including publication list and two references, Letter of acceptance from the proposed host institution and Letter of support from the home institution.

Scholarship Application Deadline: The deadline for applications is 28 February, 2015.

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