Call for Applications: APNI Young African Phosphorus Fellowship Award 2020


 

Deadline: 1 June 2020

Describtion

The African Plant Nutrition Institute (APNI) has announced a new fellowship program to encourage scientific programs relevant to understanding and improving phosphorus (P) management in African agro-ecosystems.

“As supporting partners, APNI, Mohammed VI Polytechniqic University (UM6P), and OCP Group are pleased to establish this Africa-wide search for innovation in research on phosphorus management in African agro-ecosystems,” explained APNI Director General, Dr. Kaushik Majumdar. “This is also an terrific opportunity to inject much needed support and recognition of excellence among Africa’s community of early-career scientists working to solve critical agricultural productivity issues.”

Eligibility

  1. Scientists working at an African NARES institution or university who are age 40 or younger at the time of application are eligible for the Fellowship.
  2. Applicants must submit a creative proposal that addresses current knowledge gaps or synthesizes existing information leading to improved P management. Include a description of how the award will be used (such as to support research activities and/or support travel) to achieve the proposal objectives.
  3. Evidence of any scientific partnerships and institutional collaboration will be reviewed favourably. Female scientists are especially encouraged to apply.

Benefity

The Young African Phosphorus Fellowship will confer awards of $5,000 (U.S. Dollars) to five early-career scientists researching Phosphorus Management and working in either a National Agricultural Research and Extension System (NARES) institution or African university.

Requirements

In order to complete the application process, you will need to submit the following in either English or French:

  1. A description of how the Fellowship will lead to improved understanding of P management in agricultural systems. This should outline any new research, data synthesis, or travel that will be supported with the Fellowship funds. Include sufficient detail that will permit evaluation of its originality, innovative approach, and relevance.
  2. Electronic copy of two letters of support, one of which must be from the applicant’s supervisor. Letters must be signed and written on official letterhead and include the phone number and e-mail address of the letter writer.
  3. A resume that includes date of birth, academic degrees, and any relevant publications dealing with P behaviour in soil, water or plants.
  4. A short report will be required at the end of the award period that describes how the funds were used to support the outcomes of the proposal.
  5. You will be required to upload documents during the online application process. It is recommended that electronic (pdf) copies of these documents be prepared in advance.

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