The research areas of this scholarship are: Fellowship provides funding for field research aimed at increasing the yield of food crops, improving farmers’ livelihoods, and enhancing soil fertility. In particular, the research should evaluate and/or promote the use of fertility-enhancing plants — such as leguminous forages, shrubs, cover crops, and grain legumes — on small farms.
Who can apply to this scholarship? To be eligible, you must:
· be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, or a citizen of a developing country;
· be enrolled full
· time at a recognized university at the master’s, doctoral, or post
· doctoral level in Canada or in a developing country for the duration of the award period;
· have a university degree in agriculture, forestry, or biology;
· submit a research proposal focusing on very simple cropping
· systems research that can benefit smallholder farmers in developing countries, especially rural women farmers;
· provide evidence that you will be supported by local institutions that have a good working relationship with target communities, farmers, and/or extension agencies;
· indicate that you will seek cooperation, help, and support from local “extension officers” and/or NGOs in the identification of individual farmers who are likely to be suitable and cooperative;
· provide evidence that a large part or all of the research will be carried out on the farms of resource
· poor or smallholder farmers. The award will not support research carried out on the farms of large landholders or on research stations;
· provide evidence that farmers will actively participate in the experiments. It is essential to develop simple on
· farm experimental designs with appropriate controls to determine the practicality and profitability of introducing a leguminous crop or other fertility
· enhancing plant in the farmers’ cropping systems.
Benefits of the scholarship: The value of the award is up to CA$30,000. If there is strong evidence of significant potential benefits, the award may be extended upon re-application.
More information about the fellowship:
Duration: Award tenure corresponds with the period of field research. In general, it will be between 18 and 24 months.
Number of scholarships: Not known