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The Bentley Cropping Systems Fellowship Canada The Bentley Cropping Systems Fellowship Canada

Eligibility

Applicants

Applicants must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada, or citizens of a developing country who are currently enrolled full-time in a graduate program (Master’s, doctoral, post-doctoral) at a recognized university in Canada or in a developing country for the duration of the award period.

The applicant must:

* Provide evidence that a large part, or all of the research, will be carried out on the farms of resource poor or smallholder farmers. The award will not support research carried out on the farms of large land holders or on research stations;
* Provide evidence that farmers will actively participate in the experiments. Thus, the development of simple on-farm experimental designs with appropriate controls to determine the practicality and profitability of introducing a leguminous crop in their cropping system is essential;
* Scholarship applicants must provide explanations of how they will make the frequent trips from the "home base" to the villages of the cooperating farmers. This is essential for successful execution of on-farm tests;
* Explain how the research data was collected and how the introduction of leguminous plants in their cropping systems is expected to improve the economic benefits to farmers;
* Applicants should suggest anticipated benefits/improvements and sustainability of their proposal.

Sustainability:

The applicant must:

* Provide evidence that he/she is or will be supported by local institutions that have a good working relationship with target communities, farmers and/or extension agencies;
* Indicate that he/she will seek cooperation, help and support from the local "extension officers" and/or NGOs in the identification of individual farmers who are likely to be suitable and cooperative.

Duration
Award tenure corresponds with the period of field research. In general, this will be between eighteen months and twenty-four months.

Value
The value of the award is up to CA $30,000. If there is strong evidence of significant potential benefits, the award may be extended upon re-application.

Progress Reports
Fellowship holders will commit to provide IDRC with three brief progress reports per year.

Deadlines
October 1, 2010 (awards will be announced by mid-December 2010).

Tenure must be undertaken by December of the following year.

Website: http://www.idrc.ca/en/ev-23379-201-1-DO_TOPIC.html
Email: cta@idrc.ca