Six new opportunities for grants and scholarships

This post is based on the information available on the PAEPARD website. It was shared with us by Krishan Bheenick of CTA.

PAEPARD supports research collaboration between a wide range of organizations in Africa and Europe.
Its objective: Enhanced, equitable, more demand-driven and mutually beneficial collaboration of Africa and Europe on Agricultural Research for Development with the aim of attaining the MDGs.

PAEPARD's website contains a Funding Opportunities Catalog, which you may browse by category. To get an  idea of what you can find, take a look at the list down below containing the latest six new opportunities for grants and scholarships.

  • International Foundation for Science (IFS) -- Individual Research Grants 2014. The IFS calls for applications from early-career scientists in the developing world for research in any of the themes of sustainable management of natural resources; water and aquatic resources; and food production, food security, and nutrition. Applicants must be attached to a national research institute in an eligible developing country (IFS lists them), and they must meet the IFS criteria on age and educational level.

    The next period for applications (English, French) is 01 December 2013 through 31 January 2014.

  • World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) -- African Research Cooperation with Germany. Through the TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits, post-doctoral researchers in Sub-Saharan Africa (except South Africa) make cooperation visits to institutes in Germany. The visits are limited to three months, with the aim of promoting longer-term collaboration. Preference is for young PhD-level scientists, particularly women.

    The application deadline is 31 March of each year.

  • Australia Awards for Africa -- Scholarships and Fellowships 2014. Australia Awards funds qualified African candidates for masters studies in Australia in subjects of agriculture and food security; health; natural resource management; public policy; and water and sanitation. Additionally, the program offers short-term fellowships for professional training in Africa and/or Australia in agriculture, mining, and several other thematic areas.

    Application deadlines are 13 December 2013 for the master's scholarships, and 17 January 2014 for the professional fellowships.

  • Leverhulme Trust and the Royal Society -- Africa Award for UK Collaboration with Ghana and Tanzania. The Leverhulme Trust and the UK's Royal Society collaborate to make grants for research in agriculture, water and sanitation, biodiversity, energy, and basic human health in Tanzania and Ghana. Applications are submitted by researchers in the UK in collaboration with researchers in Tanzania and Ghana. Awards are up to £180 thousand over three years -- in addition to supplementary funds for doctoral students and training activities. Project leaders must have at least post-doctoral status or equivalent.

    The next closing date for applications is 15 January 2014.

  • Royal Agricultural College -- Land and Food Fellowships for Africans 2014-2015. The UK's Royal Agricultural College offers fellowships to African students for the MSc in international rural development, and MSc in sustainable agriculture and food security. The RAC seeks applicants who have experience in agriculture and related subjects; an interest in land reform; and a desire to make a strategic and sustainable contribution to Africa's development. The program supports up to 10 African fellows each year.

    The application deadline is 03 January 2014.

  • Belgium's University Commission for Development -- Awards, Courses, and Training 2014-2015. The French-language universities of Belgium award 150 scholarships and 70 training grants each year to applicants from developing countries through Belgium's University Commission for Development (CUD -- Commission universitaire pour le Développement). Subjects include aquaculture; tropical animal and plant resources; environmental management; management of natural hazards; and others. Eligibility requirements are defined by age, previous education, and nationality.

    The deadline for applications (French or English) is 12 February 2014.

Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa

PAEPARD is coordinated by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) in collaboration with Agrinatura, a consortium of research and education organizations in Europe. The initiative is supported by the European Union through its Food Security Thematic Programme.




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