The Rothamstead International Fellowship Scheme (RIFS) Supports Scientist From Developing Countries To Train at Rothamstead Research For 6-12 Months on a Research Project They develop Jointly With a Project Leader In Rothamsted
Offered annually? Yes
Eligible Countries: Developing countries
To be taken at (country): UK
Eligible Field of Study: Fellowship proposals must be in agricultural, biological, environmental, mathematical or computational sciences, and must be aligned with Rothamsted’s Research Strategy.
About the Award: Rothamsted is the longest running agricultural research station in the world providing cutting –edge science and innovation for over 170 years
Its mission is to deliver the knowledge and new practices to increase crop productivity and quality to develop environmentally sustainable solution for food and energy production.
No single approach can deliver sustainable agriculture with high productivity and value. A broad prospective that encompasses the whole plant system is needed and a careful balance of approach is required .Rothamstead integrates biotechnology with other areas of science such as Agronomy and Agro-Ecology so both existing and new knowledge can be implemented through agricultural practice.
Eligibility: the candidate must meet the following criteria:
- Be of doctoral status and least two years of doctoral practice. Candidates with higher degree must have equivalent research experience and must be considered eligible for the scheme. Application will not be considered when the main objective of the visit is the research leading to a higher degree for the candidate.
- The candidate must be a citizen must be from a developing country, or have been based exclusively in a developing country. Please note that developing country are countries that are defined on the DAC list of OAD recipients.
- It is essential that candidates return to their home country for employment, where the work conducted in their fellowship can be applied.
- Eligibility and quality of the Candidate.
- Scientific merit of the proposal.
- Clarity of aims and feasibility experimental design.
- Relevance to Rothamsted’s Research Strategy.
- Scope for future collaborations between the Candidate and the Rothamsted Project Leader.
- Social and economic impacts on the Candidate’s home country.
Number of Awardees: Not stated
Value of Fellowship: The fellowship provides funding for:
- an accommodation and subsistence allowance;
- one return journey between the home country and Rothamsted;
- a contribution towards institute/ project research costs.
Duration of Fellowship: Fellowships must be between six to twelve months in duration
How to Apply:
- Candidates need to make sure that their project idea is in-line with the research strategy at Rothamsted, which is summarised in the link below.
- Candidates must then identify which Project Leader at Rothamsted to approach to develop this idea further. Candidates may identify the Project Leader either through their own direct contact with that person, recommendations via colleagues, scientific literature searches or through the relevant department at Rothamsted (see this webpage for details of the departments http://www.rothamsted.ac.uk/departments).
- Once a Project Leader at Rothamsted has been identified, the candidate should complete the application form together with the Rothamsted Project Leader. The application form and further guidance notes should be obtained from the Project Leader at Rothamsted – application forms cannot be downloaded from this website.
- Applications must be submitted by the Project Leader at Rothamsted by 09:00 UK time (GMT) on 07 November 2016.
- This is a competitive scheme and proposals are reviewed by an expert Panel. The Panel’s decision is then communicated to the candidate and Project Leader. This typically occurs within two months of the application deadline.
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