SEARCA Scholarship Opportunity

The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) was established by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) in 1966 primarily “to provide to the participating countries high quality graduate study in agriculture; promote, undertake, and coordinate research programs related to the needs and problems of the Southeast Asian region; and disseminate the findings of agricultural research and experimentation.”

In 21st century, Southeast Asia faces multiple challenges of rural poverty and food insecurity, rising energy and food prices, growth of agro-fuels production, biosafety and biotechnology, and the emergence of new value chains and the increasing integration of traditional ones amidst globalization and global policy shifts on one hand, and dwindling natural resources, biodiversity management, and changing climate on the other.
Scholarship Oppurtunities
1. Scholarship Available for Dissertation Doctorate Program for School Year 2010-2011 A collaborative project of Tokyo University of Agriculture and SEARCA

SEARCA is announcing the availability of one slot of scholarship in school year 2010-2011 for a 3-year graduate program leading to a Dissertation Doctorate Degree at the Tokyo University of Agriculture, Japan. The scholarship is available only to any highly qualified national of the regular member countries of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) namely: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vietnam.

The Dissertation Doctorate Program for Agriculture and Natural Resources aims to contribute to the enhancement of agricultural research and development in Southeast Asia through the provision of a TUA-SEARCA scholarship for eligible candidates to be able to complete a doctorate dissertation.

The following are the scholarship eligibility criteria:

1. Must be a researcher with full time employment at the university or research institution.
2. Holder of a master’s degree in agriculture or related fields
3. Has produced at least 2 peer-reviewed scientific papers in scholarly journals at home or abroad and has served first author of at least one of those papers
4. Must have already made a substantial progress in a research project which will deserve a doctorate degree in three years
5. Not more than 48 years of age at the start of the program

Applicant must submit application form, bio-data, dissertation proposal, list of publications, and letter of agreement from the home institution to SEARCA Graduate Scholarship Department by 15 January 2010.

For more details, please visit

http://www.searca.org/web/e_library/announcements/Announcement_of_Scholarships-TUA-SEARCA.pdf
2. Food Security Center offers up to 29 research scholarships in 2010

The Food Security Center (FSC) is a newly established university center of excellence in development collaboration at the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany. FSC is one of five excellence centers of the program “exceed – Higher Education Excellence in Development Cooperation”, which is supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds of the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) of Germany. FSC’s mission is to make effective and innovative scientific contributions in research, teaching, and policy advice to eradicate hunger and achieve food security in collaboration with partner Higher Education Institutions in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and national and international development and research organizations. Thematically, FSC’s activities deal with issues of sustainable food availability, food access, food use, and food utilization. More information is available from http://www.foodsecurity.de.

FSC awards up to 29 scholarships for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers for a period of 4 to 36 months, starting April 15, 2010. The Center wishes to attract outstanding PhD students and postdoctoral fellows pursuing a career in academia or development collaboration. The scholarships aim at increasing their previously gained scientific knowledge and skills relevant to food security related issues. Furthermore, FSC aims at establishing an active, long-lasting collaboration with the supported researchers and their home institutions.

FSC offers three categories of scholarships:

1. Sandwich scholarships for PhD students (6 months)
2. Research scholarships for visiting postdoctoral researchers (4 months)
3. Excellence scholarships for FSC-supported PhD program “Young Excellence School” (36 months)

For more details, please go to http://www.searca.org/web/news/2009/dec/web/16.html

For further inquiries, please email:
The Graduate Scholarship Department
SEAMEO SEARCA
College, Laguna 4031
Email: gsd@agri.searca.org; ecc@agri.searca.org; or bps@agri.searca.org

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