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Borlaug Global Research Alliance Fellowships for Researchers in Developing Countries 2018

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for the 2018 Borlaug Global Research Alliance Fellowships. Fellows will work with a mentor at USDA’s Agricultural Research Service or a U.S. university for up to 12 weeks on resilient agricultural research. The U.S. mentor will later visit the fellow’s home institution to continue collaboration.

Application Deadline: 5th November, 2017

Eligible Countries: Colombia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Ghana, Honduras, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam

To be taken at (country): Africa and Middle East, Egypt, Ghana, East Asia and the Pacific, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Western Hemisphere, Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru

Fields of Research: 

  1. Developing Tools for Greenhouse Gas and Carbon Sequestration Assessments
    • Develop easily used methods for measuring or estimating greenhouse gas emissions in agricultural settings
    • Develop easily used methods for measuring or estimating carbon sequestration in agricultural soils
    • Develop and field test user-friendly software for quantifying and reporting emissions under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
  2. Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Intensity in Crop Production Systems
    • Identify agricultural management strategies leading to reduced net greenhouse gas emissions per unit of commodity produced in agronomic (including rice), horticultural, or agro-forestry crop systems
    • Develop models for application of experimental data in decision support tools for different crop or agro-forestry systems in different countries
  3. Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Intensity in Livestock Production Systems
    • Identify agricultural management strategies leading to reduced net greenhouse gas emissions per unit of commodity produced in grazing or confined animal production systems
    • Develop models for application of experimental data in decision support tools for livestock production systems in different countries
  4. Developing Databases and Strategies for Synthesis, Integration and Decision Support to Manage Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Carbon Sequestration in Agricultural Systems
    • Develop databases assembled from different research teams working on identifying methods to reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and increase carbon sequestration
    • Develop process models as a foundation for projecting emissions and sequestration in different agricultural systems and for decision support tools

About the Award: The Borlaug Global Research Alliance Fellowships seek to:

  • Provide early-to-midcareer agricultural research scientists, faculty, and policymakers with individual training opportunities in climate change mitigation research
  • Provide practical experience and exposure to new perspectives and/or technologies that can be applied in their home institutions
  • Foster increased collaboration and networking to improve agricultural productivity and trade
  • Facilitate the transfer of new scientific and agricultural technologies to strengthen agricultural practices
  • Address obstacles to the adoption of technology such as ineffectual policies and regulations

Type: Fellowship

Eligibility: To be considered for the Borlaug Global Research Alliance Fellowships, candidates must:

  • Be citizens of an eligible country
  • Be fluent in English
  • Have completed a Master’s or higher degree
  • Be in the early or middle stage of their career, with at least two years of practical experience
  • Be employed by a university, government agency or research entity in their home country
  • Demonstrate their intention to continue working in their home country after completing the fellowship

Selection Criteria: Applicants are selected based on their academic and professional research interests and achievements, level of scientific competence, aptitude for scientific research, leadership potential, likelihood of bringing back new ideas to their home institution, and flexibility and aptitude for success in a cross-cultural environment. Consideration is also given to the relevance of the applicant’s research area to the research topics highlighted in the application announcement and to global food security and trade.

Number of Awardees: Not specified

Value of Fellowship: To be communicated (TBC)

Duration of Fellowship: up to 12 weeks

How to Apply: Candidates must apply via the online application system (link below). The following information will be required:

  • Completed application form
  • 2-3 page program proposal and action plan
  • Signed approval from applicant’s home institution
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official copy of transcript for college/university degree(s) received
  • Copy of passport identification page

Click here to access the online application system

Visit Fellowship Webpage for details

Award Provider:  U.S. Department of Agriculture

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