Knowledge for Development

Fellowships, grants & calls

PhD scholarships -- Agricultural Transformation by Innovation (AgTraIn) programme

Application deadline: 1st November 2012.Opening for fully financed PhD scholarships in the Agricultural Transformation by Innovation (AgTraIn) programme. You find more information at The programme is directed towards the development countries context, but students can come from everywhere. You find a list of this year’s project themes at Pay particular attention to project proposal # 7: Smallholders’ business innovation, which aims to develop innovative approaches for farmer to obtain market access. Key words are: Market access, business model, entrepreneurship, innovation, social organisation, soft operation research, qualitative research.Contact person info:


Call for Tender and Terms of Reference – Limited Market Consultation – Smallholder Dairy Consultancy: Deadline 27 July, 2012

CTA is seeking a consultant or consultants for undertaking a project which is divided into two lots. Lot A, focuses on the Opportunities to improve the reproductive performance of smallholder dairy cows in Africa. The primary objective of the project is to undertake a detailed literature review of established practice to assess opportunities to improve the reproductive performance of smallholder dairy cows in the context of sub-Saharan Africa and propose technical options on the feasibility of artificial insemination for development of the smallholder dairy sector. Lot B focuses on the Technical and Economic Evaluation of Oestrus synchronization in Ethiopia. The primary objective of the project is to undertake a field assignment of not more than two weeks to assess the technical and economic feasibility of oestrus synchronization in smallholder dairy cows kept under Ethiopian conditions to provide guidance for policy and practice. The detailed Terms of Reference can be downloaded below.


Re-Launch: Call for Expressions of Interest -- Management of CTA's "Knowledge for Development" website

The deadline has now been extended to 19 October 2012.The CTA web portal "Knowledge for Development" seeks to put information on science, technology and innovation (ST&I) issues at the fingertips of ACP and EU scientists, policy makers and stakeholders and their international colleagues. It also provides them with a platform to publish lead opinions on critical issues as well as dialogue on relevant ST&I issues in support of agricultural and rural development.The website is fully operational and bilingual offering content in both English and French. It includes RSS feeds and new social media (Twitter, Facebook). K4D currently operates on the Ezpublish platform and will move to either a Wordpress or Joomla! Platform latest mid-2013. This call for expression of interest is to identify a shortlist of companies/organizations who will be invited to submit a full tender to provide services for Lot A - the content management or Lot B - the compilation of new folders.The migration to and (re)design in function of this new open source platform is not part of the current request for service, nor is the technical infrastructure or maintenance. Download the full details of the call below.


ICRA course announcement InterActive Learning Competency for Rural Innovation in Higher Education

Dates: 3 - 24 April 2013Fellowships available: deadline for the application to ICRA: 15 September 2012The International Centre for development oriented Research in Agriculture (ICRA) strengthens innovative capacity by providing training and coaching to professionals and to inter-organisational and multidisciplinary teams of staff from education, research and development organisations, in the following 4 areas: Agricultural Research for Development (AR4D); Agricultural Advisory Services and Innovation; Agribusiness coaching; Higher Education outreach and action research. The course ‘Developing Interactive Learning Competency for Rural Innovation in Higher Education’ (IAL-HE2013) is meant for lecturers and researchers working in higher agricultural and rural education organisations.Deadline for the application to ICRA: 15 September 2012. Fellowships are available for this course from the Netherlands Fellowship Programme for certain countries. Deadline for NFP application: 1 October 2012.Guidelines on how to apply for the fellowships are available from ICRA. Link to the webpage:


Call for Applications: Training Course on Value Chain Research on Neglected and Underutilized Species

Deadline for Application is 10 July, 2012.Please find below a Call for Applications for a Training Course on Value Chain Research on Neglected and Underutilized Species, to be held in Ghana on 24-28 September, 2012, organized by Bioversity International, the Plant Genetic Resources Research Institute, Ghana and the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM).The course targets young scientists from Benin, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria and Senegal.The application form can be downloaded here.


The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Programme

Deadlines vary by country. Use this link to access the list of participating countries and contact details. are now open for this year's Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowships. Approximately 200 fellowships will be awarded, each of which will provide ten months of academic study in the United States. Fellows are selected for their leadership potential and commitment to public service. The fellowships are awarded to mid-career professionals in a variety of disciplines, including "Agricultural and Rural Development" and "Communications/Journalism." Applicants are required to have an undergraduate degree, a minimum of five years of full-time, professional experience, limited or no prior experience in the United States, demonstrated leadership qualities, a record of public service in the community, and strong English skills.


CNPq/TWAS – Full-time PHD Fellowship

Deadline: 19 July 2012The fellowships offered by the CNPq-TWAS Fellowships programmes allow scientists from developing countries (other than Brazil) to study or to do research in natural sciences in Brazil and then to return home to continue their careers. The Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), Brasilia, Brazil ( is a foundation linked to the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. CNPq is one of the major public institutions supporting science, technology and innovation in Brazil and contributes directly to the training of researchers in the various fields of knowledge.


MSc Scholarship in Rice Post-Harvest Processing and Value Addition

Deadline: 30 June 2012The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) made a contribution to the Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) to implement a 5-year project, which aims to increase food security and improve the local livelihoods of rice producers and entrepreneurs in West and Eastern Africa by enhancing harvest and post-harvest rice processing technologies, increasing the quality and marketability of local rice and rice-based products. Candidates from Cameroon, The Gambia, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Uganda will be given preference, although candidates from other AfricaRice member countries will also be considered.


Africa Rice Center Rice Breeding Scholarship Programme – MSc

Deadline: 1 July 2012The primary objective of this scholarship program is to strengthen rice breeding capacity of African young students in sub Saharan Africa. 2. The field of research in this call is ‘rice breeding’, including: conventional or marker-assisted breeding; screening of breeding lines for traits of interests; Evaluation of breeding lines for productivity and other agronomic traits; G x E analysis.


Exxaro-University of Pretoria Programme for Business and Biodiversity Leadership: master's and PhD bursaries / fellowships

Deadline for applications: 30 August 2012The Albert Luthuli Centre for Responsible Leadership in the Department of Business Management at the University of Pretoria seeks to recruit master's and PhD candidates to enrol for studies funded through bursaries provided by the Exxaro-University of Pretoria Programme for Business and Biodiversity Leadership. The candidates joining the Programme will be expected to carry out research and generate evidence and knowledge on the nexus between business and biodiversity in Africa and how best to address the challenges evident in this nexus.


Call for Proposals: Land grabs and food sovereignty in Africa

Deadline: 31 August 2012The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) is launching a call for proposal for all interested researchers and academics in its Multinational Working Group (MWG) on a theme titled: ‘Land grabs and food sovereignty in Africa’. Sub-themes include: Remaking the maps of food production and distribution in Africa; Transnational agricultural investments and the human rights to food in Africa; and Biofuel production, global warming and climate change in Africa.


New Science Master programme in food and agro-processing technology at the University of the West Indies

Deadline: 31 July 2012The Master of Science in Food and Agro-Processing Technology (M.Sc. FAPT) is a professional programme designed to produce highly skilled technical graduates who are on the cutting edge of innovation in the food and agro-processing sectors. With the support of internationally recognized faculty, graduates will gain a competitive advantage for employment in both the private and public sectors. Special emphasis has been placed on the Processed Food Value Chain in the design of this programme and the integration of the core courses therein. The programme is hosted by the Department of Chemistry, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica.


On-the-job research capacity building for sustainable agriculture in developing countries (OJCB)

Deadline for submission: 20 July 2012The Institute for sustainability and peace at the United Nations University(UNU-ISP) will support capacity building projects proposed and implemented by leading scientists (host scientists) who are engaged in research related to sustainable agriculture (including forestry and fisheries) in developing countries, under the responsibility of a host institution. The programme mainly consists of capacity building through on-the-job training (OJT) for young researchers in developing countries (trainees).


Alltech launches graduate program 2012

Deadline: 31 July 2012 Alltech is a global leader in the animal health and nutrition industry and among the top ten animal health companies in the world. Alltech’s Graduate Programme selects 20 graduates to give them the opportunity to work in areas including agribusiness, aquaculture, algae, crop science and fermentation technology. Successful candidates will work on R and D, Sales, Marketing, Finance, I.T., Operational, Engineering and Regulatory projects in several areas of Alltech’s business including animal science, aquaculture, agronomy and in its consumer division. Applicants who have graduated or are expected to graduate from a Bachelor's, Master's or Doctoral degree course between May 1st, 2011 and October 1st, 2012 may apply. To apply for a place on the Program, all applicants must submit their online application at by the deadline: July 31st, 2012.


Call for papers: Online Journal of Public Interest Intellectual Property

Deadline: 30 June 2012The Public Interest Intellectual Property Advisors (PIIPA) Journal invites all intellectual property (IP) professionals to submit papers for its next edition of the Online Journal of Public Interest IP next edition will focus on ‘Food, Climate Change and Intellectual Property: Defining the Issue’. Online submission guidelines can be found in the ‘About’ section of the journal website.The journal is a repository of peer reviewed knowledge from thought leaders around the world. Each issue highlights and discusses examples and solutions that meet the practical demands of developing countries and public interest organizations seeking to use intellectual property regimes for human and economic development.


AIRD-CIRAD Call for proposals (for PhD Students from countries of the South Pacific)

Application deadline: 18 June 2012‘Doctorants du Sud’ (PhD students from countries of the South, including Vanuatu, Fiji or Papua New Guinea) is a support programme aiming at strengthening and consolidating the research potential of the countries of the South. It is implemented by the AIRD (Inter-Establishment Agency of Research for Development) on behalf of the IRD (French public research institute for development) and the CIRAD (French research centre working with developing countries to tackle international agricultural and development issues). This programme targets students coming from developing countries in the inter-tropical (and Mediterranean) regions, who have a master (or equivalent qualification) who wish to complete a PhD in partnership with a research unit of the CIRAD or the IAC and a research team in the South (possibly the IRD), ensuring a quality ‘supervision’. Some 15 PhD students will receive a grant from November 2012 for three year to work on one of the 24 subjects proposed by the CIRAD.More information here ( info:


Online Pre-registration for The Second Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD 2)

Online Pre-registration for The Second Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD 2) to be held on 29 October – 1 November 2012 in Punta del Este, Uruguay is now open at More information on the Conference is available at is open to all those concerned with strengthening the value and impact of agricultural knowledge and innovation in development.


Tropentag 2012 'Resilience of agricultural systems against crisis' -- Travel grant possibilities

Dates: 19-21 September 2012Venue: Georg-August-Universität Göttingen and University of Kassel-WitzenhausenVisit for all necessary information. The “Tropentag” (TT) is the annual International Conference on Research on Food Security, Natural Resource Management and Rural Development. The Tropentag is jointly organised by the Universities of Bonn, Göttingen, Hohenheim, Kassel (Witzenhausen), Hamburg, ETH Zurich (Switzerland) and the Council for Tropical and Subtropical Agricultural Research (ATSAF e.V.) - in co-operation with the GIZ Advisory Service on Agricultural Research for Development (BEAF) and with an increasing involvement of the University of Prague (Czech Republic).The Tropentag brings together scientists, students, graduates, development experts and funding organisations from several countries in Europe and their various international partner institutions.


Call for applications - Training course in Benin on Food systems: from agronomy to human health

Dates: 3-7 Sept, 2012Venue: Cotonou, BeninDeadline for application: 6 June, 2012The partners of the EU-ACP project on “Building human and institutional capacity for enhancing the conservation and use of Neglected and Underutilized Species of crops in West Africa, and Eastern and Southern Africa” are inviting young scientists in Benin, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria or Senegal to apply for a Training course on Food Systems: from agronomy to human health.More information here.


Louis Malassis international scientific prize for agriculture and food

Deadline for submission: 16 July 2012Agropolis Fondation created the ´Louis Malassis International Scientific Prize for Agriculture and Food´ which aims to recognize individuals for their exemplary and promising contribution in promoting agricultural innovation through research, development and capacity building in the North, South or in the Mediterranean in order to improve food and agricultural systems sustainability as well as contribute to addressing food security and poverty reduction. The Prize consists of two categories: ´Louis Malassis Distinguished Scientist Prize´ and the ´Louis Malassis Young Promising Scientist Prize´. More information on the Agropolis website.