Funded Agricultural Fellowship for Scientists from Low- to Middle- income Countries in the Rothamsted International Fellowship 2020

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If you are a scientist from a Low- to Middle- income country, apply for the 2020 Rothamsted International Fellowship to get involved in agricultural research projects in collaboration with Rothamsted scientists at the North Wyke or Harpenden Campus. 

For 6-12 months, selected fellows will work closely with Rothamsted experts, and other fellows to train at either of Rothamsted Research’s main sites on a research project, with additional perks like research and accommodation funding.

Application Deadline: September 28, 2020

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Benefits

Successful fellows will receive:

  • World-class Supervision and training at Rothamsted Research
  • Research funding to cover costs of researches relevant to their project
  • Access to world-class research facilities and scientific support;
  • Funds for accommodation and subsistence
  • Flight fare for travel between their home country and the UK.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Rothamsted International Fellowship,

  • The applicant must be of doctoral status, with at least two years’ post-doctoral experience. 
  • Applicants with no Higher Degrees must have equivalent research experience. 
  • Applicants must be citizens or residents in a low- to middle- income country. Eligible countries are listed on the DAC list of ODA recipients.

Requirements/Specifications

  • Applications will not be considered where the main objective of the visit is research leading to a higher degree for the Candidate.
  • Candidates who have extensive and continuous employment in a high-income country are not eligible for the Rothamsted International Fellowship.
  • The Candidate must return to employment in their home country where the experience gotten through the Rothamsted International Fellowship can be put to ultimate use.
  • Applications are submitted by the UK supervisor but must be relevant to research in the candidate’s home country. It is, therefore, essential that the candidate makes contact with the UK supervisor and helps to co-develop the research proposal.
  • Proposals with minimal contributions from the candidate, or supervisor, are unlikely to succeed;
  • In addition to the support of the UK supervisor, applications must also have the approval from the Head of Department where the fellowship will be hosted.

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Application Instructions

To apply, strictly follow the steps below:

  • Step 1:
    • Come up with a research idea that holds direct relevance to development issues in your home country.
    • Check to see that your proposal falls within the agricultural, biological, environmental, mathematical, or computational sciences, and is aligned to the Rothamsted Science Strategy here.
    • Then identify a potential Supervisor at Rothamsted Research and seek their agreement and input to co-develop a fellowship proposal. 

Note: Candidates may find the Supervisor, either through prior contact with that person, recommendations via colleagues, scientific literature searches or by selecting the relevant researcher from the departmental pages

  • Step 2:
    • Once a Supervisor at Rothamsted has been identified, and they agree to co-develop a research project with you, the Supervisor requests an application form and further guidance from Rothamsted International. 

Note: application forms cannot be downloaded from this website and must be submitted by the Supervisor

    • You and the Supervisor then co-develop the fellowship proposal.
    • Afterward, your Supervisor submits the Fellowship application in advance of the stated deadline.

About the Rothamsted International Fellowship 2020

The Rothamsted Experimental Station (RES) was primarily established to ensure the sustenance of agricultural research. 

In a bid to further promote the primary purpose of the organization, the Rothamsted International Fellowship was launched to encourage the exchange of vital agricultural research skills between Rothamsted Research and scientists from Low- to Middle- income countries.

Key Dates and Order of Program

The deadline for submission of applications is 28th of September 2020

For 6-12 months, selected fellows will work at either Rothamsted Research’s main sites on their research projects.

A panel of experts reviews all entries. 

The Rothamsted Fellowship is a competitive program, and the Panel’s decision will be communicated to the candidate and Supervisor – typically within two months of the application deadline.

Afterward, shortlisted candidates and their Supervisors will select a start date for the project.

The Fellowships with Rothamsted scientists will be based at the North Wyke or Harpenden Campus. 

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