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Member countries of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases are supporting various fellowships and awards schemes to help scientists develop new and innovative solutions to address agricultural greenhouse gas emissions.

Building capacity and sharing knowledge and research experiences between countries and organisations is an important way of strengthening international links and increasing cooperation and collaboration. Several GRA member countries have made available various fellowships and award schemes to international participants as a contribution to this effort. This page provides summary information on these schemes and links to find out more. If you would like us to list a new fellowship or award opportunity, please Contact Us.




Fellowships

Learn more about each of the awards available for early career agricultural scientists and senior scientist exchanges.

CLIFF-GRADS

CLIFF-GRADS, launched November 2017, is a joint initiative of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change (CCAFS) low emissions development and the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA). CLIFF-GRADS aims to build the capability of early career agricultural students in developing countries to conduct applied research on climate change mitigation in agriculture. CLIFF-GRADS integrates the new GRA Development Scholarship (GRADS) and the Climate Food and Farming (CLIFF) Research Network to provide short-term grants for students currently enrolled in PhD programmes to undertake scientific training and research on topics related to measurement and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions and/or carbon storage in agricultural systems and quantification of greenhouse gas emissions and mitigation potential from food loss and waste (FLW).

Funding for CLIFF-GRADS grants concerning measurement and mitigation of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and/or carbon storage in agricultural systems is provided by the Government of New Zealand. Funding for CLIFF-GRADS grants concerning food loss and waste is provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).



LEARN

LEARN (The Livestock Emissions Abatement Research Network) Award is an awards scheme sponsored by the New Zealand Government to build international capability in livestock emissions research. It is part of New Zealand’s support for the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA).

Learn is focused on:
• Supporting technical staff and scientists from developing countries and GRA member countries to work alongside New Zealand colleagues.
• Sharing knowledge on livestock greenhouse gas emissions measurement, modelling and mitigation practice to increase the level of scientific skills and technological capabilities internationally.
• Supporting strategic research and capability building activities that align with the priorities of the GRA as well as relevant New Zealand science priorities.
• Advancing common research interests between countries and building enduring relationships.

There are four types of LEARN Awards offered:
• Technical Training Award
• Co-funded PhD Scholarship
• Postdoctoral Fellowship
• Global Research Alliance Senior Scientist Award (GRASS)

All applications must be developed in close collaboration with a New Zealand research institution.

GRASS

The Global Research Alliance Senior Scientist Award (GRASS) provides funds for exchanges between scientists from New Zealand and other GRA member countries to enable collaboration on research into reducing emissions from livestock production. It aims to create enduring relationships between New Zealand and other countries, helping advance novel techniques and approaches for mitigating livestock greenhouse gas emissions.

To be eligible, you must have a PhD and/or be a scientist with at least 5 years research experience, with demonstrated potential to lead major collaborative projects that align to the priorities of the GRA. You must also be employed on a permanent contract by a research institution in a GRA member country

Borlaug Global Research Alliance Fellowships

The Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program promotes food security and economic growth by providing training and collaborative research opportunities to fellows from developing and middle-income countries.

Borlaug fellows are generally scientists, researchers, or policymakers who are in the early or middle stages of their careers. Each fellow works one-on-one with a mentor at a U.S. university, research center or government agency, usually for 8-12 weeks. The U.S. mentor will later visit the fellow’s home institution to continue collaboration. Fellows may also attend professional conferences and events within their field, such as the annual World Food Prize Symposium.

The Borlaug Fellowship Program honours Norman E. Borlaug, the American agronomist, humanitarian and Nobel laureate known as the “father of the Green Revolution.” Since the program’s inception in 2004, approximately 800 fellows from 64 countries have participated in research and training focused on a wide array of agriculture-related topics, including agronomy, veterinary science, nutrition, food safety, sanitary and phytosanitary issues, natural resource management, agricultural biotechnology, agricultural economics, and agricultural policy. By improving participants’ understanding of agricultural science, the program helps foster science-based trade policies that improve international market access for U.S. agricultural products.

Targeted Research Areas:
1. Developing Tools for Greenhouse Gas and Carbon Sequestration Assessments
2. Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Intensity in Crop Production Systems
3. Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Intensity in Livestock Production Systems
4. Developing Databases and Strategies for Synthesis, Integration and Decision Support to Manage Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Carbon Sequestration in Agricultural Systems