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VLIR-UOS ‘Modern breeding techniques of maize’ Training Scholarships 2020 for Students from Developing Countries (Fully-funded to Belgium)


Call for scholarships for an international Training Programme (ITP): “Modern Breeding Techniques for Maize Improvement”

Application Deadline: 14th February 2020.

Eligible Countries: Developing countries (preferably applicants from African countries.

VLIR-UOS country list: An applicant should be a national and resident of one of the countries (not necessarily the same country) at the time of application!

  • Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe
  • Asia: Cambodia, Indonesia, Palestinian Territories, Philippines and Vietnam
  • Latin America: Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Nicaragua, Peru

To be Taken at (Country): IPBO, Ghent, Belgium

About the Award: The training “Modern breeding techniques of maize” will cover the different challenges faced in maize cultivation and the latest scientific developments and tools to accelerate maize breeding (both conventional breeding and biotechnological techniques).

The program starts with fundamental background sessions on maize breeding, the use of molecular markers in plant breeding, plant biotechnology, genetic transformation and new breeding techniques for maize. Experts from Europe and Africa will give an overview of biotic and abiotic stresses affecting the growth of maize and possible solutions to overcome these threats. In these sessions, special emphasis will be given on the effects of fungal contamination, drought and soil fertility on the growth and yield of maize.

In addition, the training will provide a comprehensive view and the latest essential insights on the regulatory frameworks and environmental risk assessment principles in Africa and Europe. The course will alternate theory and exercises for the understanding of the basic principles and methodologies of crop safety and risk assessment.

The sessions are interactive, including group work, presentations and discussions. The program also includes visits to a field trial and possibly a two day workshop on maize transformation.

Type: Training


  • Students, scientists and professionals from the public and industrial sector, who are involved in local crop (maize) improvement or GM regulatory programs. Admission requirements:
  • – Holder of at least a Bachelor (or equivalent) in Science, Plant Biotechnology, Agricultural or Bioengineering Sciences
  • – Good knowledge of English
  • – Preference will be given to participants from Africa involved in maize breeding
  • – A balance between male and female participants will be achieved

Number of Awards: Not specified

Value of Award: Fully-funded

Duration of Award: The programme is organised from 22 June 2020 until 10 July 2020

How to Apply: How to apply and application form

  • It is important to go through all application requirements in the Award Webpage (see Link below) before applying.

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