S8. Monsanto’s Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars Program
Monsanto’s Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars Program Sustainable Agriculture & Global Food Security– Monsanto pledged $10 million to improve rice & wheat yields by developing highly educated breeders to serve as future agricultural leaders – Provides full package of support for Ph.D. students in the fields of rice or wheat breeding (or programs to improve production of these staple crops)– Program provides global perspective by requiring experience in both Developed and Developing countries – Experience work and mission of public sector research institutions – Link institutions in developed and developing countries– International Program currently supporting 38 scholars – Represent 19 different countries – 23 wheat / 15 rice projects – Open to students (nationally and internationally) - Applications accepted from November 1, 2011 through February 1, 2012
2011 MBBISP Awardees Announced*: Ethiopia Brazil India India Wheat Rice Rice Rice Mr. Kebede Muleta Mr. Filipe Sávio Mr. Prakash Gangashetty Mr. Dharminder Bhatia Pakistan Syria Ecuador Tunisia Wheat Wheat Wheat WheatMr. Chetan Arun Patokar Mr. Fateh Toumi Mr. Esteban Falconi Ms. Lamia Aouini India India Argentina India Rice Rice Wheat Rice Ms. Nitika Sandhu Mr. Anuj Kumar Ms. Sandra Dunckel Mr. H.B. Mahesh•More info at: http://www.monsanto.com/ourcommitments/Pages/mbbisp-awardees.aspx
Eligibility Criteria• Focus on a critical genetic constraint affecting rice or wheat production, particularly in a developing country• Completion of Master’s Degree or equivalent, preferably in Plant Breeding, Genetics, or related area.• Program provides “World View” by experiential learning in both developed and developing countries. – Developed country - Australia, Canada, Europe and USA – Developing country – all other countries are emerging economies or countries). – Students need to identify research that will be accomplished in each country in their PhD proposal.
Some questions that might need clarification • Who is eligible to apply? Any student who will be pursuing a PhD in Rice or Wheat Breeding. Students having 2 or more years remaining on their PhD program are encouraged to apply. PhD study for 3 years. With justification up to 4 years will be supported by the program. • Are students from developed and developing countries eligible to apply? Yes any PhD rice or wheat breeding student anywhere in the World is eligible to apply. • How is the application submitted? Students need to go to www.monsanto.com/mbbischolars or http://mbbischolars.tamu.edu/ for forms and instructions, then they need to work with their Major Professor (Advisor) to fill in details of their program. The Major Professor submits the application electronically. • Applications are due between November 1st, 2011 to February 1st, 2012. The same schedule will be followed in 2013. • All submissions are in English and transmitted electronically.