Tailored opportunities: Call for abstracts and papers for the 2nd All Africa Postharvest Congress and Exhibition, October, 28th-November 1st, 2019


The focus of this event is on Postharvest loss and Agro-processing: Drivers of Agricultural Transformation in Africa.

Who can apply?

Anyone who can submit abstracts or papers on postharvest reduction and agro-processing related issues.

The abstract or papers should be aligned to one or more of these six subthemes:

  1. Innovation in postharvest management and agro-processing
  2. Capacity development and outreach program in postharvest management
  3. Initiatives of private sector in postharvest loss reduction and agro-processing
  4. Initiatives of public sector in postharvest loss reduction and agro-processing
  5. Public-private-partnership in postharvest management and agro-processing
  6. Youth and women empowerment through postharvest management and agro-processing

How to apply/submit?

Registration and submission will be available through online in this link: www.au.int Guidelines for the abstracts and papers preparation will be available in this website.


Accepted abstracts will be published in peer-reviewed congress proceedings and full papers with outstanding abstracts will be published in a special issue or edition.

Deadline? May 31st, 2019

For detailed information please visit this link: https://au.int/en/newsevents/20191028/2nd-all-africa-postharvest-congress-and-exhibition-28th-october-1st-november

For any inquiries use this official congress email: Postharvest2019@africa-union.org

Tailored Opportunities: Doctoral Researcher in Entomology at University of Bonn


The Center for Development Research (ZEF) is an institute of University of Bonn, Germany with the aim to find evidence based solutions to development issues. The ProciNut project is a research and capacity building project based in Myanmar and Madagascar and it is financed by the German Ministry of Agriculture. The project focuses on participatory action research in both countries, cross-cutting issues such as gender and transdisciplinary.

Who can apply?

  • A candidate with MSc degree preferably in Entomology or related disciplines
  • Experience in edible insect rearing/production, team player and excellent communication
  • Interested to able to work in multidisciplinary and multi-cultural environment and willing to travel frequently
  • Female and disabled candidates with identical qualification will be favored

How to apply?

The application should contain cover letter that contains motivation, CV, certificates, achievements in English, one sample writing, and contact details of two reference persons. This application should be in one pdf document and sent to

Dr. Simone Kriesemer and Dr. Sarah Nischalke

Senior Researchers

Center for Development Research, University of Bonn

53113 Bonn, Germany

E‐mail: sk.kriesemer@uni‐bonn.de , snischal@uni‐bonn.de

The position should be clearly marked in the subject line of the email message


Candidate will be offered 1000 Euro per month and all travel expenses will be covered


Application could be made as far as the post is online on the zef portal. Preselection of candidates will start on 25.02.2019

For more information please visit this link: https://www.zef.de/fileadmin/webfiles/downloads/vacancies/PhD_entomologyGermanySKK_20190207.pdf

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Tailored opportunities: PhD scholarship on sustainable food systems


PhD scholarship to study access to seeds in three East African countries

Who can apply?

An applicant who have a master degree in quantitative social science and who have interest in the foundation of sustainable food systems


I will post the details of the application soon





Tailored opportunities: Call for the One Planet Fellowship


This fellowship was announced at the inaugural One Planet summit in Paris by president of France, Macron in order to attain the objective made by the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The fellowship aims to develop the capacity of young and high potential researchers from Africa and Europe with the objective to help smallholder farmers’ adaption to climate change and including gender to own research. It has five themes and these are: 1) Monitoring and assessment, 2) Agricultural practices for managing variability and adaptation, 3) Food systems and climate change, 4) Social economic issues related to climate change and agriculture and 5) Organizations, institutions and policy framework supporting climate change adaptation and mitigation in agriculture.

Who can apply?

Applicants should be:

  • Citizens Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote D’lvore, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo and Zambia
  • Aged 40 years or less as of April 2019, with minimum education level of bachelor’s degree
  • African resident and who actively engage in research policy or practice related to climate change and Africa’s smallholder agriculture

How to apply?

Application for this fellowship is via an online from available on the website (refer to the link at the bottom of the page)

Remark: applicants should carefully read the application criteria and the supporting documents (One Planet Fellowship Scientific Framework, and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) before they decide to apply.


Attend a series of training and scientific events such as mentoring orientation workshops, leadership and science skill courses.

Deadline? April 30, 2019

For detailed information please visit this link: https://oneplanetfellowship.org/inaugural-call-applications-one-planet-fellowship-opens

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Tailored opportunities: Call for an open online course on Research Writing in the Social Sciences


AuthorAID is a free pioneering global network that provides support for researchers in low and middle income countries. This is an AuthorAID online course that was given since 2012. This course is important mainly to satisfy training needs in research writing for the social scientists. This course has benefited thousands of researchers mainly those from developing countries.

Content of the course

  • Embarking on a research project
  • Research and publication ethics
  • Evidence based for a research paper
  • Preparing to wirte a research paper
  • Writing research paper and publishing it in a journal

Who can apply?

This course is designed mainly for early career social science researchers with limited experience in publishing papers in reputable peer-reviewed journals.

How to enrol/apply?

First, the applicant need to create an INASP Moodle account he/she did not have already.

Then use this link to join the course: https://moodle.inasp.info/course/view.php?id=143

Though the course is open, enrolment can be limited by server capacity therefore it is good to register as soon as possible


Knowledge about the course and course certificate upon completion of the course

Course duration and deadline? February 26 to April 8, 2019 (7 weeks), and the deadline to enrol is February 26, 2019

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Tailored opportunities: PhD position to work on tomato leafminer, Tuta absoluta at icipe (International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology), Nairobi, Kenya.


icipe is offering the PhD project working on the micro-lepidopteran moth of South American origin, the Tomato leafminer, Tuta absoluta, that represents the dominant and most serious pest of tomato.

Who can apply?

  • Maximum age of 36 years for men and 40 years for women by 31st December
  • Recent graduate in Microbiology/Entomology, completed less than 10 years ago at the time of application
  • BSc degree in biological Sciences with a minimum of 2nd class upper division
  • Citizen of an African country

How to apply?

The applicant should upload:

  • Curriculum Vitae,
  • Certified copies of official University certificates,
  • recommendation letter from the employer (if employed)


  • Funding for the PhD will be covered from African Union Research Grants, the 3 years training will start at 1st April 2019

Deadline? February 22, 2019

For more detailed information please follow this link: http://cbid.icipe.org/apps/tomato-leafminer-2019/index.php

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Tailored opportunities: Call for next generation leaders in crop protection to the 14th IUPAC International Congress of Crop Protection in Ghent, Belgium May 19-24, 2019


A congress with theme of “Crop Protection: Education of the Future Generation” is hosted by Ghent University. The host University wants to discuss about the future of agriculture by inviting the next generation of crop protection leaders to Belgium. It is four-day AgriSummit in Ghent, Belgium (19-23 May 2019) and link with the IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry) international congress.

Who can apply?

Anyone who is in the age range from 18-40

What is required?

A student or recent graduate from agricultural educational institutions

With knowledge how to protect food security and the environment

With innovative idea about sustainable crop protection

The application should be completed in 1-2 pages, it should consists of illustrations, videos and photos that represent the innovative idea

How to apply?

The application should be sent to iupacnextgenerationprogram@gmail.com

Deadline: February 14, 2019

For detailed information please refer to this link or more details on the application could be found in How to apply page

How to apply: https://nextgen.iupac2019.be/how-to-apply-2/

Source of this application: Posted by Rolf Schinkel in AgriProFocus Netherlands

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Tailored opportunities: Special Research Fund – Doctoral Scholarships for Candidates from Developing Countries


It is a (North- South) sandwich PhD program, the candidate from developing country will spend 24 months in Ghent University and 24 months in a University in a developing country.

Who can apply?

  • The candidate who can find professor from Ghent University who can be supervisor or ‘promoter’ for the doctoral research and who agrees to support the application.
  • There is no restriction with the field of research though topics that are relevant for development are demanded
  • Anyone with a nationality of any developing country and who can provide the following documents:
    • The candidate must have a local supervisor at the partner University
    • Whether the candidate is either a fulltime funded PhD student or staff member of the partner University
    • That the candidate is exempted from teaching and other assignments in order to concentrate on the PhD research in the south
    • That the candidate gets scholarship or salary during the 24 months of the candidate’s PhD research at local University in the South

How to apply?

Applications should be made on the application form provided for this purpose Criteria used for candidate selection are the following: Applicant’s qualification, doctoral project , relevance of research topic for development, scientific potential of the promoter’s research group/s, partnership between Ghent University and the local institute, the scientific potential of the local institute

Funding or Benefits?

  • There will be funding for the 24 months at Ghent University with the support from “Special Research Fund”, the remaining 24 months will not be funded
  • The promoter from Ghent University will receive €15,440 for operational costs and the travelling costs of the student, and promoters

Deadline? March 4, 2019

For detailed information about the call please visit this link


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Tailored opportunities: Short-term postdoctoral research fellowship-Scientific review of Ecosystem based adaptation


The (African Climate & Development Initiative) ACDI is in the processing of developing its research strategy with regards to ecosystem based adaptation, in the broader context of UCT’s ecosystem services, livelihoods and climate change research.  This research strategy will support the ACDI to leverage funding to identify and address critical research gaps that need to be addressed to make EbA a viable adaption intervention/ strategy under different contextual settings throughout Africa, and to train the next generation of African researchers in this key area.


  • The candidate should be a PhD holder within the last five years with topics related to ecosystem services, climate change adaptation or integrated natural resources management, with demonstrated ability to produce peer-reviewed research articles, excellent written and verbal communication skills in English, desire to work in an interdisciplinary research setting


  • No benefits or allowances are included in the Fellowship, but the fellowship stipend is tax free.
  • The successful applicant will be required to register as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Cape Town immediately and will not be considered a UCT employee.
  • The value of the fellowship is ZAR 60 000 for 3 months.


Applicants should submit: (i) an application letter that includes a short description of their expertise and research interests, and how these relate to the position, (ii) a CV including a publication list, (iii) copies of academic transcripts and/or certificates, and (iv) email addresses of at least two references who been directly involved in their PhD and/or previous postdoctoral research.


Applications should be emailed to: nomabelu.somatube@uct.ac.za before 31 January 2018.

Interviews will take place in the week of 5-9 February 2018 and the successful candidate is expected to start as soon as possible thereafter.

Contact details for submission of applications: Noma Somatube at nomabelu.somatube@uct.ac.za or http://www.acdi.uct.ac.za/vacancies/short-term-postdoctoral-research-fellowship-scientific-review-ecosystem-based-adaptation

Contact details for enquiries about the fellowship topic and ACDI: mark.new@uct.ac.za

Tailored opportunities: North American Pollinator Protection Campaign: Call for Research Proposals Related to Honey Bee Health


The North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) is seeking proposals for research related to improving the health of honey bees. Proposals should focus on research to manage, suppress, and eradicate Varroa mites, small hive beetles, and other pests, pathogens, and diseases contributing to colony losses. Summaries of previously funded projects can be found at http://pollinator.org/honeybee_health.htm. Review and selection of proposals will be conducted by members of the Honey Bee Health Task Force.

Who can apply?

Students and post-doctoral research fellows are encouraged to apply.

Proposal types?

Funds must be used within a one-year period. Focused, targeted projects with a high likelihood of providing tangible results that can be applied to improving bee health are preferred. Proposals providing valuable extensions of previously funded projects will be considered. Principal investigators of funded projects will be expected to present the results at the 2018 NAPPC meeting. Conference travel and registration costs may be taken from the grant award.

Priority Areas

The Honey Bee Health Task Force has identified seven priority areas for funding, though other areas will be considered as well.

  1. Effects of pathogens and pests on honey bee behavior, physiology and/or colony health; including the development of novel methods to mitigate these effects.
  2. Effects of nutrition on pest, pathogen, and disease incidence.
  3. Effects of pesticides on pest, pathogen, and disease incidence.
  4. Effects of parasite and pathogen spillover between bee species.
  5. Development of approaches for genetic stock improvement of honey bee populations to enhance resistance to pathogens and parasites.
  6. Effects of climate or environmental variables on pest, pathogen, and disease incidence.
  7. The development of diagnostics or indicators for the presence of pests, pathogens and diseases that affect honey bee health, particularly field-ready diagnostics that can be used by beekeepers.

 Proposal Requirements

1) Proposal title.

2) Priority area focus/focuses.

3) 3 page-project description (Arial, 12-pt font, single spaced, with page numbers, references are not included in this page limit) with sufficient background and description of methods to ascertain the importance and feasibility of the studies.

4) Detailed budget. As a non-profit organization the Pollinator Partnership/NAPPC does not pay overhead on funded research grants.

5) Research timeline by month (approximately May 2018 to May 2019).

6) 2-page resume of the principal investigator(s).

7) Contact information including email(s), physical mailing address, and telephone number(s).

8) Please include if the proposal is under consideration by other funding organizations.

9) If the PI has previously received funding from NAPPC, please include information about the outcomes of that funding, including publications, presentations, and/or leveraging to obtain additional funding (up to 1 additional page).

How to apply and when?

Email your proposal packets as a single PDF file to Kelly Rourke (kr@pollinator.org) by 3PM PST on Friday, February 2, 2018.

Please contact Kelly Rourke (kr@pollinator.org) with questions.

Funding Decisions

The proposals will be evaluated by members of the Honey Bee Health Task Force and funding decisions will be made by Monday, March 12, 2018.

Grant amount?

We anticipate supporting several proposals, for a maximum of $10,000 for each individual proposal.

For more information visit this link: http://pollinator.org/assets/globals/NAPPC-Honey-Bee-Health-RFP-2018-FINAL.pdf