Category Archives: Job Opportunities

Agris Mundus Masters in Agriculture and Natural Resources 2014-2016

Agris Mundus is a part of the European Commission’s Erasmus Mundus program to support higher education at European universities. Agris Mundus invites qualified individuals worldwide for two-year master’s degrees oriented towards agriculture and natural resources in the developing world. The courses are given at the member universities of Agris Mundus. Applicants can apply for scholarships to offset fees and living expenses. The next application deadline is 06 February 2014Click here for details and application.

The Agris Mundus MSc is a product of AGRINATURA, the European Alliance on Agricultural Knowledge for Development. The whole course is coordinated by Montpellier SupAgro.

Agris mundus is also linked to a European PhD course, offered by the same consortium of universities: AgTraIn

Howard G. Buffett Foundation and University of Wisconsin – Agricultural Innovation Prize

Deadline: 28 Feb 2014

The Agricultural Innovation Prize is jointly sponsored by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the University of Wisconsin to encourage teams of university students to identify how to achieve food security for the world’s population while keeping within sound environmental boundaries. The competition invites business plans that focus on a process, product, service, or technology. The competition is open to teams comprising at least 50% students (U.S. and/or international) who are enrolled half-time or more at accredited U.S. colleges and universities. Cash prizes are US$100 thousand for the winning team, US$25 thousand for finalists, and travel grants to enable 25 teams to make presentations. Online entries are invited between 01 December 2013 and 28 February 2014.Click here for details and application.

UK Government – Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) Fellowship Opportunities

Deadline: 20 Nov 2013

Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) is the joint program of three UK agencies, in coordination with UK universities, to support research on how ecosystems in developing countries can be sustainably managed to contribute to poverty reduction and inclusive and sustainable growth. ESPA invites applications for two categories of fellowships: early-career research (for all nationalities), and research capacity strengthening (for nationals of low-income countries). In both programs, fellows will link their research to active ESPA projects. The closing date for applications is 20 November 2013. Clicke here for details and application.

Climate Impacts Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement (CIRCLE) Fellowship programme

Deadline:  31 Oct 2013

The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) are inviting expressions of interest from institutions and individuals interested in participating in a Fellowship and research capacity strengthening programme on climatic impacts. The programme will, contingent on there being sufficient interest, be funded by the UK Government, commencing in 2014.

One year Fellowships will be awarded for research proposals on the impact of climate change in Africa, with up to 100 fellowships funded over four years; 40 post-MSc researchers and 60 post-Doctoral researchers. Fellowships will be specifically targeted at early career researchers in African institutions.

The programme will also provide support and training to develop the institutional research capacity of participating institutions (both “home” and “host” institutions – See below). Prospective fellows will be nominated from and hosted by African universities and research institutions.

The Climate Impacts Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement (CIRCLE) is a  DFIDfunded project  aimed at developing Africa-based research capacity in order to enhance understanding of local impacts of climate change and ultimately inform and influence national and regional policy responses as well as international debate. The project will be implemented by The Association of Commonwealth Universities and the African Academy of Sciences

CIRCLE will competitively identify 60 post-PhD and 40 post-MSc fellows from selected “home institutions” in sub-Saharan Africa to undertake structured research skills development through supervised placement in Africa-based “host research institutions”.

The main research themes will be energy, water, agriculture, health and livelihoods as well as the political economy of dealing with climate change impacts. The focus will be to enhance the research skills of African scientists through experiential learning by doing research that offer solutions to the impacts of climate change at local, national and regional levels. Fellows will be supported and mentored by a combination of African and international researchers to define researchable climate impact research questions in consultation with relevant public interest groups.

You can also find the links below:

See attachments for details.

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I If you have any queries regarding this expression of interest please forward them to Dr Benji Gyampoh at or Ms Jay Kubler

Arthur W. Perdue Foundation Fellowship (PhD) in Avian Biosciences – Fall 2014

Deadline: 15 Feb 2014

The Department of Animal and Food Sciences, University of Delaware, USA has a new fellowship opportunity available through The Arthur W. Perdue Foundation (starting Fall 2014) for a highly motivated individual to pursue their Ph.D. in avian bioscience at the University of Delaware.

Successful applicant will work with Drs. Behnam Abasht, Erin Brannick and Jack Gelb in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences to participate in ongoing research aimed at characterizing muscle cell development and muscle disorders in broiler chickens. The student will use diverse histology, genomics, metabolomics, and computational biology techniques to gain an in-depth molecular, cellular, and tissue level understanding of muscle disorders with an emphasis on meat quality in broilers chickens.

The 12-month fellowship includes a stipend of $25,000, as well as covering 100% of tuition and health insurance, and funds for presenting the research results at regional, national and international scientific meetings. The student will also have opportunities to perform internships or on-site research with Perdue Farms, Inc., a leading broiler company in the U.S.

Applicants should have a bachelors or masters degree in animal science, poultry science, biology or related field and should send a letter of interest; a curriculum vitae; GRE and TOEFL (if foreign students whose primary language is not English) scores; and three letters of recommendation to Dr. Behnam Abasht ( no later than Feb 15, 2014.

The University of Delaware is an equal opportunity employer, which encourages applications from minority group members and women.

Australian Government’s Scholarships for African Students, 2014

Australian Government offers scholarships for African students in Australia. The scholarships are available for pursuing master’s degree program commencing in 2014. Students must have a minimum English language proficiency equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 5.0 with no band score lower than 4.5. (Equivalent TOEFL scores are also accepted). Applicants must be at least 25 and not more than 50 years of age at the date of your application and must have at least three (3) years’ relevant work experience. The scholarship holders will get the full costs of tuition fees for up to two years. The application deadline is 13th December 2013.

Scholarships are provided in the field of Agriculture/Food Security, Natural Resource Management and Public Policy (Moroccan, South Sudan), Agriculture/Food Security, Health, Natural Resource Management, Public policy, Water and Sanitation, Mining and Resources (Algerians), Agriculture (Tunisia), Agriculture/Food Security, Education and Health (Egypt), Agriculture/Food Security, Mining, Resources and Public Policy (Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Chad, Sudan, Nigeria, Kenya, Cameroon, Ghana), Agriculture/Food Security, Health, Infrastructure, Natural Resource Management, Science and Technology and Water and Sanitation(Ethiopia, Liberia), Agriculture/Food Security, Education, Health, Infrastructure, Natural Resource Management and Public Policy (Uganda).

Details of the awards and how to apply are found here.

Cargill Global Scholars Program 2014

The agribusiness company Cargill offers scholarships to university students interested in food security, agriculture, and risk management. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of Brazil, China, India, Russia, or the USA – and attend university in those countries. Each Cargill Global Scholar receives an annual scholarship for up to three years, as well as opportunities for leadership training and networking. The application date is 01 March 2014. Click here for details and application.

CIFOR is looking for an Intern – Digital Communications

The Center for International Forestry Research advances human well-being, environmental conservation and equity by conducting research to help shape policies and practices that affect forests in developing countries. CIFOR is a member of the CGIAR Consortium. Our headquarters are in Bogor, Indonesia, with offices in Asia, Africa and South America.

CIFOR is looking for an Intern – Digital Communications


We are looking for an enthusiastic and proactive individual to support our digital communications work. This is a fantastic opportunity for the right person to gain experience in a busy and dynamic communications department in a highly respected global research institution.

The intern will help engage users across social media platforms and assist with developing and curating content. Depending on skills and interests, the intern could be asked to assist with filming, editing, writing scripts, creating motion graphics and podcasts as well as researching and writing social media posts.

This is a highly customizable position with the freedom to be creative.

Please send us a resume and cover letter stating your knowledge of and experience with social media, digital marketing and new media, including any related work experience. Your cover letter should demonstrate what you hope to gain from this internship – and why you think we should choose you.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Identify current media and social media trends relevant to the work of CIFOR to help establish new partnerships with influential networks.
  2. Play a key role in the day-to-day running of Facebook and Twitter by sourcing and writing fresh, engaging posts that will grow our audiences.
  3. Help curate CIFOR’s Flickr and YouTube feeds, ensuring captions and titles are engaging and link back to research findings.
  4. Support CIFOR staff in drafting stories for CIFOR’s Forests News blog and media outlets, covering issues related to forestry, climate change, biofuels and other topics.
  5. Assist with other tasks relevant to CIFOR’s mission as advised by the ICG management team.


  • Degree in science and/or journalism/communications.
  • A strong interest in how traditional media and digital marketing can be used to communicate complex information to a broad audience.
  • Well-developed writing and editing skills.
  • Fluency in English, both oral and written.
  • Demonstrated experience with Facebook and Twitter.
  • Experience with Publisher, Adobe Photoshop, YouTube, WordPress, Instagram, Pinterest and Hootsuite an advantage.
  • Flexible and adaptable, to thrive in a fast-paced environment.
  • Able to work collaboratively with others and be a supportive and effective team member.

Terms and conditions

  • The duration of the internship is 12 months.
  • An allowance will be provided that is sufficient to cover your travel and living costs.
  • The position will be based at CIFOR headquarters in Bogor, Indonesia.

Applications process

  • The application deadline is 15 July 2013.
  • We will acknowledge all applications, but we will contact only short-listed candidates.

Please send your letter of interest and CV, including contact information for three referees, as well as a writing sample, to:

Human Resources Department, CIFOR

Please indicate the position and its reference number in the email subject line.

Seeking Innovative Ideas to Improve Data Collection in the Global Dairy Sector for Human Health and Well-Being

Scientists Without Borders, in partnership with The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science at the New York Academy of Sciences and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation seeks bold, innovative, feasible, and scalable ideas to leapfrog existing approaches and significantly improve the collection, reporting, aggregation, and sharing of data associated with dairy production and consumption all along the smallholder dairy production value chain in, but not limited to, Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

We are seeking ideas that will appropriately and successfully combine and integrate technology-based approaches and innovations with social and cultural factors, rather than focusing on any one approach in isolation. Additionally, we seek ideas that provide a clear model of sustainability – meaning an identified and measurable pathway to scale and adoption of the idea proposed – and platform or program models that are open and shared, can piggyback or integrate with existing technology or program initiatives, and that can accommodate additional functionality as needs evolve. Finally, solvers must be cognizant when proposing a solution of the resource constraints and technology limitations operating at the household or smallholder farmer level in the relevant geographies.

Reward: Up to $7,500 for novel, feasible, and cost-effective ideas and approaches that significantly improve the collection, reporting, aggregation, and sharing of data associated with smallholder dairy production and consumption in the developing world. There may be opportunities for the winning solver to work with the partners to further develop the selected idea.

Solvers:  We are seeking student solvers at all academic levels (ranging from the middle school to postdoctoral level) in order to access nontraditional creative minds and passionate problem-solvers.  We encourage students to form teams or other models of collaboration to engage as many different perspectives as possible.

The Successful Idea Will:

  • A successful idea must propose a solution or approach that can be implemented or used at the smallholder farmer household level.
  • A successful idea must mitigate the cost per farmer reached for data collection.
  • A successful idea must propose a solution that enables the data sought to be captured at the household or smallholder level to be easily understood and input, even given varying agricultural practices, languages, degrees of education and literacy, and will provide a systematized and standard framework for the data capture and entry (Examples of data to be captured at the household level, or by smallholder farmers includes, but need not be limited to, geographic location, migration pattern, species and breed of animal, cross-breeding information, health of the animals, fodder, seasonal information such as weather, inputs, or migration patterns, quantity and quality of milk produced, quality and quantity of milk consumed at the household level, quantity and quality of milk sold, milking time of day, container and storage practices, transport to market, price at market.).
  • A successful idea must enable the data captured to be easily uploaded to a common or shared platform, and the platform must have the tools and capacity to aggregate and process the data and enable the variety of stakeholders to access, understand, analyze, and share it in a meaningful way.
  • Where a technology tool, or suite of tools, is proposed, a successful idea must propose a solution that is open and interoperable across a variety of platforms and device interfaces and that can accommodate the development of additional functionality to capture other kinds of data or piggyback on existing tools, platforms, or interventions.
  • A successful idea must propose a solution that also addresses and considers users (particularly smallholder farmers’) incentives to adopt the tools or approaches proposed, their price sensitivity or other potential barriers to adoption, and should creatively approach incentives for communities and target populations to avail themselves of the innovation (e.g., gamification, community organizing, peer-to-peer spread).

Download the Idea Submission Form | Download the complete Challenge Statement

Source: Scientists without Borders website

Postdoctoral Researcher in Agrarian, Food and Environmental Studies (AFES)

The Staff Group Rural Development, Environment and Population Studies has a vacancy (1.0 FTE) for a Postdoctoral researcher (18 months) in the field of: Agrarian, Food and Environmental Studies (AFES)

The Staff Group is engaged in research, teaching, advisory work and institutional capacity building in international development studies. It has recently formed a research program (RP), “Political Economy of Resources, Environment and Population”, which included the research areas of agrarian and environmental studies.

The successful candidate is expected to bring innovative research capacity to the ISS in the field of Agrarian, Food and Environmental Studies, complementing and/or extending our work, among others, on environmental conservation, natural resource conflicts, and land grabs. The specific objective of the appointment is for a recently graduated (or soon to graduate) PhD to publish results from previous research, initiate new research, and contribute to the formulation and writing of research (grant) proposals (0.8 FTE), and to develop teaching experience that will enable her/him to make the transition from PhD researcher to an academic professional (0.2 FTE). Thematically, these activities will be focused on the broad areas of critical Agrarian, Food and Environmental Studies, but the ideal candidate should have experience and be willing to conduct research in the specific areas of environmental conservation, political ecology and natural resource use and management from a critical political economy perspective.


  • A recently or nearly completed PhD in the social sciences (geography, anthropology, political science, sociology, etc.);
  • Evidence of publication capacity, including an emerging publications track record and clear research and publications plans;
  • Modest teaching experience, preferably at post-graduate level;
  • Teaching/research experience in the Global South;
  • Ability to work in an inter-disciplinary and international team;
  • Willingness to travel and conduct research abroad.

While open to all regional specializations, preference will be given to candidates with research interests in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Tasks and Responsibilities:
Recruitment will be made for an appointment of 1.5 years. A starting date between July-August 2013 is anticipated. Besides the detailed profile given above, the position involves the following tasks and responsibilities:

  • Publish high-quality articles and chapters;
  • Assist members of the research group with the writing and submission of research grants and externally financed research programs;
  • Undertake new research and (co-) publish on issues relevant to the AES programme, preferably focused on, but not limited to, Dr. Bram Büscher’s ongoing research on environmental conservation;
  • Contribute to the teaching of the Major “Agrarian and Environmental Studies”.

Appointment: ISS/EUR will offer a fixed temporary contract of 1.5 years. The appointment is envisaged at Postdoctoral level (scale 10 CAO NU).

Employment conditions: In accordance with those applied at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and indicated in the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO NU) of the Dutch universities. Salary being dependent on the candidate’s experience ranges from € 2403,- to € 3793,- gross per month under full-time contract. In addition, ISS pays an 8% holiday allowance and an end-of-year payment which is for 2013: 8,3 %.

Applications and more information: Applications, accompanied by a detailed Curriculum Vitae and the names of three Referees, should be addressed to the Personnel Office (Ms. Sabine Zebel), International Institute of Social Studies, P.O. Box 29776, 2502LT, The Hague, The Netherlands, preferably send in electronic form directed to via the Apply button below, before the 15th of June 2013With equal qualifications preference will be given to a woman as women are under-represented in this field. Short-listed candidates will be requested to supply samples of published output and at that stage their referees will be contacted. The interviews with short-listed candidates will take place on 3,4 and 8 July 2013 in The Hague, The Netherlands. More information about the vacancy can be obtained from Dr. Bram Büscher, Associate Professor of Environment and Sustainable Development,, or Dr. Max Spoor, Professor of Development Studies and Chair of the Staff Group and the Research Programme (