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Tuesday, 21 September 2010

South – South Research Scholarships 2011

Research Scholarships for visiting postdoctoral researchers from developing countries to conduct research at a national or international research institute in a developing country.

FSC seeks up to three visiting postdoctoral researchers from developing countries for a period of four months in 2011. The Center wishes to attract young innovative professionals. The scholarship aims at increasing their previously gained scientific knowledge and skills relevant to food security related issues. The successful candidate will collaborate with the research staff of one of FSC’s partner universities or an other research center or development organization located in a developing country (e.g., one of the centers of the CGIAR) to conduct a specific research project contributing to the mis-sion of FSC.

Funding for research is expected to be provided by the applicant’s and/or supervisor’s institute and/or other organizations. The objective of the collaborations is to write at least one joint, peer reviewed publication. Candidates should present their research work at the partners’ seminars, lecture series and/or workshops. They are also expected to engage in teaching and training activities related to the research topic in the partner institute at the graduate and/or postgraduate level at a limited scale.

Interregional South-South collaborations (e.g., from Africa to Latin America, or from Latin America to Asia) are encouraged in particular.

Furthermore, FSC aims at establishing an active, long lasting collaboration with the supported researchers and their home institutes through an interactive alumni-network.

The scholarship is awarded for a stay at a partner institute, research center, or development organization located in a developing country. The monthly grant is EUR 500 for junior postdoctoral researchers and EUR 700 for senior postdoctoral researchers. Travel costs to/from the positions’ location will be covered. Health insurance and other costs must be paid for from the stipend.

Required skills
The applicant must provide proof of:
• outstanding study performance in agricultural, nutritional, natural, social, economic or political sciences, or related disciplines with specification on food security related issues with a minimum MSc grade of 2.5;
• PhD degree in agricultural, nutritional, natural, social, economic or political sciences, or related disciplines with specification on food security related issues;
• last academic degree completed no more than 6 years prior to start of scholarship
• track record of knowledge in the proposed field of study;
• plan to return to his/her home country / country of residence and institute;
• excellent proficiency in oral and written English.

Furthermore, the applicant must:
• be able to conduct innovative research;
• have excellent interpersonal skills and team spirit;
• be able and willing to work well in an interdisciplinary, multicultural environment with individuals from different scientific, societal and cultural backgrounds and with organizations from the public, private and civil society sector;
• be available for the entire period of the research stay of 4 months in 2011;
• be a national of a developing country according to OECD DAC list.

Application is only possible by completing FSC’s application form, which can be downloaded from the box “Links & Downloads” on the right side. Besides the application form, the documents indicated in the application form are required for the application.
Applications will only be accepted, if the research proposal is based on FSC’s conceptual framework.
The deadline for the application is September 30, 2010.
Further Scholarship Information and Application

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