BHEARD/Michigan State University Agricultural Fellowship for Researchers in Mali 2018

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With funding from the U.S. government, the Borlaug Higher Education Agricultural Research and Development (BHEARD) Program is implemented by Michigan State University. The program supports long-term training of agricultural researchers at the master’s and doctoral levels. BHEARD invites applicants from Mali for study in the USA or other selected countries.

Application Deadline: 1st January 2018.

Eligible Countries: Mali

Priority will be given to members of the following institutions:
1. National Meteorological Agency (Mali Meteo)
2. Regional Directorate of Agriculture of Mopti (DRA-Mopti)
3. Regional Directorate of Productions and Animal Industries in Mopti ( DRPIA-Mopti)
4. Institute of Rural Economy (IER)
5. NGOs located in the region of Mopti, working in areas related to climate and the environment

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To Be Taken At (Country): United States or other English-speaking African countries.

About the Award: The US Agency for International Development (USAID) launched, as part of its the Future “, the Borlaug Higher Education, Research and Development Program (BHEARD). Implemented by Michigan State University (MSU), the BHEARD program honors the legacy of Nobel Peace Prize winner Norman Borlaug. The program will support the long-term training of agricultural researchers for the Master and PhD levels. This is a major new effort to increase the number of agricultural researchers and strengthen research institutions in developing countries.

Mali has been selected to be one of 11 countries for the second cohort of Borlaug Fellows.

The financing of the Global Climate Change (GSC) for Mali comes from President Obama’s CGC Initiative. It is within this initiative that Mali’s Climate Change Program is supporting Strategic Objective (SO) 2; increasing the resilience of people, places, and livelihoods. Long-term training activities as part of the Mali Weather Serviceand its partners through the BHEARD mechanism will prioritize the first two intermediate SO results mentioned above; they will also facilitate access to science and analysis in the decision-making process, and enable the establishment of effective governance systems.

Field of Study: The fields of study are limited to Master’s degrees in the following disciplines:

  • Numerical forecasts
  • Weather forecast
  • Advanced satellite meteorology
  • Advanced tropical meteorology
  • Synoptic forecast
  • Agro-meteorological modeling and climate change modeling
  • Master in Climatology and Society

Type: Masters, PhD, Fellowship

Eligibility: The Trainee Committee will review the applications submitted and select the candidates based on the following criteria:

1. Current and future role of the three priority institutions;
2. Malian national residing in Mali;
3. Solid academic performance at the Bachelor’s, Major or Senior’s level; or at the Master
4. Excellent oral and written French skills. Good oral and written English skills. A training period in English is provided for candidates who have chosen to continue their studies in English-speaking countries.
5. Candidates must be under 32 years of age if they are candidates for the Master level; and less than 35 years for the PhD level. However, women who are PhD candidates may be subject to an exception, extending the age of application up to 40 years in this case.

Qualified women candidates are strongly encouraged.

Number of Awards: Not specified

Value of Award: The scholarship supports studies in the United States or other English-speaking African countries.

Duration of Program: The training programs will cover up to 2 years of courses for Master’s students, and up to 3 years of courses for PhD students.

How to Apply: 

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online through the application portal: (click “Apply”). 
If you are unable to create on-line application, you can use the form attached below and send your application documents to [email protected].

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Award Providers: US Agency for International Development (USAID)


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