Vavilov-Frankel Research Fellowships, Bioversity International

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Bioversity International announces two Fellowships, for up to US$ 20,000 each, which will be 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 of genetic resources in developing countries. Multi-disciplinary research is particularly encouraged.

These opportunities are available thanks to support from Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., United States and the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), Australia.

The fellowships are intended to cover travel, stipend for living expenses, bench fees, materials, insurance, conference participation and publications. They can be held concurrently with other sources of support.

Location where research project will be conducted
If applying to the Pioneer-supported Fellowship, research work proposed may be carried out in any country outside the applicant’s home country. If applying to the GRDC-supported Fellowship, research must be carried out at an Australian research institute or at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center - CIMMYT or at the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDA (International Agricultural Research Centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, CGIAR).

Applications must include:

  • Cover letter
  • Completed application form
  • Full curriculum vitae (with a list of publications)
  • Research proposal prepared following the Guidelines
  • Letter of acceptance from the proposed host institute (should follow the Guidelines)
  • Letter of support from an institute in a developing country (preferably the home institute) which should specify why the research is important to the institute and should also identify the support that will be provided to the applicant upon return.

General criteria for all applicants

  • Applicants should be nationals of low and medium income countries, according to the Human Development Index
  • Applicants should be no more than 35 years of age.
  • Applicants should hold at least a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject area.

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

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.

Applications may be submitted in English, French or Spanish by 6 November 2011.

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