March 16, 2017   •   News

New Zealand’s Livestock Emissions & Abatement Research Network (LEARN) is pleased to announce their new-look website. The Network, which co-funds annual PhD scholarships and Postdoctoral fellowships and funds quarterly Technical Training and GRASS awards, is sponsored by the New Zealand Government with the aim of building international capability in livestock emissions research.

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October 21, 2016   •   News

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for the 2017 Borlaug Global Research Alliance Fellowships. Fellows selected from eligible countries (Colombia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Ghana, Honduras, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam) will work with a mentor at USDA’s Agricultural Research Service or a U.S. university for up to 12 weeks on climate change mitigation research. The U.S. mentor will later visit the fellow’s home institution to continue collaboration.

The fellowships are designed to provide Fellows with training opportunities and practical experience, increase collaboration and networking, and aid in the transfer and implementation of technologies in the area of climate change mitigation research in agriculture.

The application deadline is November 30, 2016.


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April 4, 2016   •   News

A PhD student is required for a project on the nature of stabilized carbon in soil under grasslands management, using 13C labelling techniques and molecular analyses. The project comes under the research programme “Management Options for Increasing Soil Carbon under Grasslands”, funded through the Global Partnership for Livestock Emission Research (NZ’s international research fund for GHG mitigation from pastoral livestock). The position is based at the INRA Versailles-Grignon, France.

Project Title: Quality, quantity and vulnerability of soil carbon stocks of grasslands soils under different management practices

The proposed research will be carried out under the framework of an international project between the National Institute for Agricultural Research (France) and the Landcare Research Institute (New Zealand). The objective of this international project is to evaluate the impact of intensification of grassland management on the dynamics of soil organic matter (SOM) in different pedoclimatic contexts. The PhD work will contribute towards the understanding of management impacts through the assessment of their influence on molecular transformations occurring during soil organic matter degradation and stabilisation processes. The conceptual approach includes an evaluation of degradation and stabilisation processes at field scale. We will study long-term experimental sites situated in France and in New Zealand and also use 13C labelling techniques. The results obtained during the PhD will contribute to ameliorate process information to be used in a biogeochemical model (CenW), which will allow for evaluating the implications of management practices on soil C dynamics and composition in the long-term, as well as resilience of the system to global change. The PhD thesis will provide an answer to these questions by going beyond global C stocks assessment through molecular analyses providing information on the nature and origin of SOM pools, which constitutes a major advance in the research field.

Apply with:

  1. A cover letter including a brief summary of research interests and experience
  2. Your CV and transcripts
  3. Contact information for 3 referees

Send by 3 May to:

Dr Abad Chabbi, [email protected]


Dr. Cornelia Rumpel, [email protected]


March 4, 2016   •   News

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) is offering a Postdoctoral Fellowship opportunity investigating the environmental impacts of dairy farm systems. A candidate is sought to monitor nutrient balance on dairy farms in an attempt to reduce nutrient losses in the form of environmentally damaging compounds, using the whole-farm models Holos and IFSM. The candidate must have a PhD and a background in agriculture and Canadian livestock production systems, expertise in life cycle assessment, whole-farm analysis and / or ecosystem modelling, or dairy cattle nutrition.

The PDF location is the Lethbridge Research and Development Centre in Canada, and the position is intended to commence on 1 April, 2016.

To apply, email (subject line “Postdoctoral fellowship dairy farm systems modelling & analysis 2016”). a single pdf file containing your CV, a statement describing your motivation and eligibility, and three referees to:

  • Dr Roland Kroebel ([email protected])
  • Dr. Karen Beauchemin ([email protected])
  • Dr. Karen Koenig ([email protected])

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February 25, 2015   •   News

A position (up to 2.5 years) is available for a postdoctoral fellow who will be responsible for measuring nitrous oxide fluxes from grazed pastures systems based at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.  The project will be purchasing equipment that allows eddy covariance measurements of nitrous oxide and the successful candidate will help install and maintain the equipment, collect data, interpret and write papers in this newly-developing field of research.  The successful applicant will be part of a team measuring carbon dioxide and water fluxes from pastures and wetlands. The team’s goal is to find management practices that decrease the greenhouse gas burden on the atmosphere while maintaining production.  Further details about the team and its research can be found on  The full position description can be viewed at the University of Waikato, vacancy page:, where applications should also be made.  Enquiries of an academic nature should be directed to Professor Louis Schipper, email: [email protected].


February 23, 2015   •   News

The New Zealand Livestock Emissions and Abatement Research Network (LEARN) provides training and research opportunities throughout the year to support developing countries in New Zealand. The LEARN Technician Award provides funds for up to 6 months to train a qualified or experienced technician from a developing country in agricultural GHG emissions measurement techniques. The LEARN Co-Funded PhD provides a maximum 3-year stipend for a co-funded PhD candidate researching livestock GHG emissions mitigation. The LEARN Postdoctoral Fellow provides a recent PhD graduate with 1-2 years’ funding in livestock GHG emissions mitigation research.

For GRA Member countries, the LEARN Global Research Alliance Senior Scientist (GRASS) Award provides 6 weeks-6months’ funds for extended exchanges between NZ scientists and scientists from other Alliance member countries in accordance with the mission and objectives of LEARN and the GRA.

All posts are held in New Zealand. Application forms are assessed on a quarterly basis, with the next round closing April 30th.

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March 11, 2013   •   News

Vietnamese researcher, Loan Thanh Le, from the University of Agriculture and Forestry in Ho Chi Minh City has been awarded a Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Borlaug Fellowship. Le will study greenhouse gas emissions from the production of rice and biofuel feedstocks at Kansas State University, USA for three months. Read more about Le’s work in the High Plains/ Mid West Ag Journal.

Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Borlaug Fellowships are awarded under the auspices of the Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service. The fellowships are funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. Fellows are selected from eight developing countries that are members of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases.

December 20, 2011   •   News

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in cooperation with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is pleased to announce the 2012 USDA Global Research Alliance (GRA) Fellowships for Colombia, Ghana, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, and Vietnam.

USDA, in cooperation with USAID, will support the participation of Alliance member developing countries in the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases through the Global Research Alliance Fellowships. Competitively selected research fellows will work side-by-side with U.S. scientists on climate change mitigation research for up to 3 months. These fellowships will be hosted by USDA’s Agricultural Research Service and/or U.S. universities active in the targeted research areas. U.S. scientists who serve as mentors to the fellows will travel to the fellows’ country for up to 10 days to continue their collaboration on climate change mitigation research. USDA will select U.S. mentors and host institutions for each fellow.

Targeted Research Areas:

  • Developing Tools for Greenhouse Gas and Carbon Sequestration Assessments.
  • Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Intensity in Crop Production Systems.
  • Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Intensity in Livestock Production Systems.
  • Developing Databases and Strategies for Synthesis, Integration, and Decision Support to Manage Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Carbon Sequestration in Agricultural Systems.

Learn more about these fellowships on the USDA website.

June 24, 2011   •   News

ew Zealand has established a contestable, international fund worth NZ$25 million to support research on mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from pastoral farming.

New Zealand Agriculture Minister David Carter announced the New Zealand Fund for Global Partnerships in Livestock Emissions Research at the inaugural ministerial meeting of the Global Research Alliance in Rome on 24 June 2011.

Read more about the fund and how to apply at the New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry website.

April 27, 2011   •   News

The New Zealand Agriculture Minister David Carter and the Minister for International Climate Change Negotiations Tim Groser have announced a fellowship programme as part of New Zealand’s efforts on the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases.

The Global Research Alliance Senior Scientist (GRASS) Award will support scientists from New Zealand and from other Alliance countries to undertake exchanges on research projects into agricultural GHG mitigation, for up to six months.

“We know that the world faces a major challenge in producing more food at the same as tackling climate change,” says Mr Carter. “Science plays a crucial role in finding solutions, and these will come with greater collaboration between research communities across the globe.”

“It is what the Global Research Alliance was designed to do, and the GRASS awards will be an important link in our agricultural GHG mitigation efforts.”

Mr Groser says the new awards will provide further opportunities for capacity building within the New Zealand science sector and will strengthen the relationship between scientists across Alliance countries.

The GRASS Award complements the existing LEARN Fellowships programme sponsored by New Zealand since 2007 which supports developing country scientists undertaking research in New Zealand.

Guidelines for the GRASS Award scheme can be downloaded here [PDF]. For more information and to access the application forms, please contact the GRASS Award administrators at the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre.