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Texas AgriLife Research, an agency of the Texas A&M University System, and Monsanto Company announce the call for applications for students interested in pursuing research in wheat or rice plant breeding.

Programme: Monsanto's Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars Program (MBBISP)

Administered by: Texas AgriLife Research, an agency of the Texas A&M University System

Details: Established by Monsanto in 2009 in honor of two of the world’s most pre-eminent rice and wheat breeders: Drs. Henry Beachell and Norman Borlaug, Monsanto’s Beachell–Borlaug International Scholars Program

  • Is open to students worldwide who are seeking a Ph.D. in rice or wheat plant breeding
  • Provides a full package of support, including a generous student stipend, tuition, applicable fees, health insurance, research fees and travel, as well as funds for research at the collaborating institution and for the advising professor
  • Supports student projects that develop advanced breeding techniques and fulfill the requirement of conducting at least one season of field work in a developing country, in order to experience breeding in the field.


Eligibility:

  • Have a Master’s Degree or equivalent in Plant Breeding and Genetics or related area
  • Be enrolled or accepted in a Ph.D. rice or wheat breeding program and meet all entrance requirements
  • Be advised by a professor at the university where the degree will be awarded
  • Be eligible to attend school and/or conduct research work in a foreign country
  • Include experiential learning in both developed and developing countries
              Developed countries defined as Australia, Canada, Western Europe and the U.S.
              Developing countries defined as all countries other than Australia, Canada, Western Europe and the U.S.
  • For students enrolled in universities in Australia, Canada, Western Europe and the U.S., the collaborating institution’s professor/scientist must be located in a developing country. For students enrolled in universities from all other countries, the collaborating institution’s professor/scientist must be located in Australia, Canada, Western Europe or the U.S. Collaboration with CGIAR center scientists/professors augment the quality of the application but do not fulfill the developed country requirement of the program.

Note: If applicants are currently enrolled for Ph.D. studies, they must have two or more years remaining in their Ph.D. program, in order to be eligible for this fellowship program.

How to apply: Mail the following as one attached document or PDF to mbbischolars@ag.tamu.edu

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  • A completed application form (Download application form here) http://www.monsanto.com/improvingagriculture/Documents/mbbisp/mbbisp-application.doc
  • A project proposal, not to exceed five double-spaced pages, including the budget detail. The budget must include expenses required by the collaborating institution   (See project proposal and budget details) http://www.monsanto.com/SiteCollectionDocuments/mbbisp-project-proposal.pdf
  • Curriculum Vitae of student
  • Curriculum Vitae of Advising Professor/Scientist (not to exceed 5 pages each)
  • Curriculum Vitae of Collaborating Professor/Scientist (not to exceed 5 pages each)
  • Scanned official transcripts of prior university course work AND degree obtained.
  • Letter from Collaborating Professor/Scientist stating willingness to collaborate
  • A letter of commitment from applicant that he/she expects to work in public sector program in home country
  • Two letters of recommendation from colleagues other than advising and collaborating professor/scientist that speak to the significance of the proposed project and the applicant’s qualifications
  • Applicant letter of commitment that he/she expects to work in public sector program in home country.
  • Applications larger than 5MB should be arranged such that no email is transmitted that is larger than 5MB.

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Application deadline: All application materials, including letters of recommendations, must be received between from November 1, 2012 to February 1, 2013.

Selection: An internationally recognized panel of judges will then review all proposals and return its decision on the proposals selected in May.

For details of Programme click here

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