Vavilov–Frankel Fellowships 2011 for Lower-Middle Income Countries

Country: Austria;

Deadline: 06.11.2010


 Bioversity International announcesFellowships in the field of biophysical, economic and social themes related to the conservation and use of of genetic resources in developing countries.

Job Description: Up to US$ 20 000 each, which will be available for 2011 to carry out research, from 3 to 12 months. Multi-disciplinary research is particularly encouraged.
These opportunities are available thanks to support from Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., United States
and the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), Australia.
The fellowships are intended to cover travel, stipend for living expenses, bench fees, materials, insurance, conference participation and publications. They can be held concurrently with other sources of support.
Who can apply
Eligibility for this call is determined on the basis of applicants meeting a number of general criteria and additional criteria for the GRDC-supported fellowship noted below.
General criteria for all applicants:
Nationality: Applicants should be nationals of low income and lower-middle income countries, according to the Human and Income Poverty Index.
Age: Applicants should be no more than 35 years of age.
Degree: Applicants should hold at least a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject area.
Location where research project will be conducted: If applying to the Pioneer-supported Fellowship, research work proposed may be carried out in any country outside the applicant’s home country. If applying to the GRDC-supported Fellowship, research must be carried out at an Australian research institute or at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center – CIMMYT or at the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas – ICARDA (International Agricultural Research Centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, CGIAR).
Topic of research: All applications must address one of the research themes described on page

2.Additional requirements (for the GRDC-supported fellowship only)
Applicants for the GRDC-supported fellowship must also meet one of the four thematic criteria below:
• Target a species that is a priority for both Australia and the home country.
• Target an alternative, neglected or underutilized species with either environmental or economic potential
for Australia.
• Work on any of the following specifi c crops: wheat, barley, oats, sorghum, cereal rye, triticale, maize, canary seed, millets/panicum, canola, linseed, saffl ower, soybeans, sunfl owers, chickpeas, cowpeas, fababeans, fi eld peas, lentils, lupins, mung beans, navy beans, peanuts, pigeon peas and vetch.
• Use biotechnology in support of effi cient use of plant genetic resources.
How to apply?
Applications should be submitted in English, French or Spanish by 7 November 2010. The Application form and Guidelines can be downloaded from the Bioversity International website. They may also be requested
by email from The successful applicants will be informed by 30 April 2011 and are required to take up their Fellowships before 31 December 2011.
Applications must include:
• Cover letter
• Completed application form
• Full curriculum vitae (with a list of publications)
• Research proposal prepared following the Guidelines
• Letter of acceptance from the proposed host institute (should follow the Guidelines)
• Letter of support from an institute in a developing country (preferably the home institute) which should specify why the research is important to the institute and should also identify the support that will be provided to the applicant upon return.
Deadline for application: 7 November 2010