Thursday, April 17, 2008


FELLOWSHIPS: Rothamsted International African Fellows Programme

The Rothamsted International African Fellows Programme is now inviting pre-proposals under its 8th Call. The aim of the African Fellows Programme (AFP) is to support sustainable agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa by catalyzing innovative solutions needed to achieve food security. Projects should aim to develop lasting partnerships and strategic alliances that will help in developing local scientific capacity relevant to sustainable agricultural production. The potential impact of the project will be taken into account during the proposal assessment. African scientists will carry out research projects in a partner European research institute, or university, for periods normally of 6 to 8 months. Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis in a two stage assessment process. Research projects must: (a) focus on solving an agricultural problem or constraint; (b) demonstrate a clear path from research to application; and (c) be of benefit to small-holder African farmers and the rural economy.

Examples of potential project areas include crop nutrition, soil fertility, post-harvest technology, alternative crops, livestock management and plant protection. Please note that all projects must be focused on topics relevant to small farmers. The deadline for receipt of pre-proposals under the current call is August 6, 2008. For more information, click here.

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