May 7, 2018   •   News

CLIFF-GRADS Awardees 2018

The first successful candidates of the GRA and CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change (CCAFS) joint CLIFF-GRADS initiative have been announced.


CLIFF-GRADS is a new international doctorate scholarship programme designed to support budding agricultural scientists.

Some 65 applicants from 23 countries applied for the scholarship following its launch at the United Nations climate conference in November last year. The nine successful first-round candidates come from a range of countries including Argentina, Ethiopia, Colombia, Nigeria and Tunisia.

Scholarship recipients will work in a range of research fields including nutrient management, pasture management, soil and rumen microbiology, tropical agriculture, and greenhouse gas measurement.

The awardees are:

  • Abubakar Halilu, Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria
  • Sebastián Vangeli, National Institute of Agricultural Technology, Argentina
  • Ridha Ibidhi, Mediterranean Institute for Agricultural Economics of Zaragoza, Tunisia
  • Yohannes Gelan Regassa, Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia
  • Isabel Cristina Molina Botero, Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan, Colombia
  • Banira Lombardi, National University of the Centre of the Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • María De Bernardi, National University of the Centre of the Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Florencia Garcia, National University of Córdoba, Argentina
  • Ofonime Eyo, Pan African University institute of Life and Earth Sciences (University of Ibadan), Nigeria

Meet the awardees here


 They will be hosted by research organisations in six countries:

  • International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Colombia
  • Rothamsted Research and Bangor University, United Kingdom
  • Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands
  • International Centre for Maize and Wheat Improvement (CIMMYT), India and Bangladesh
  • National Institute of Agricultural Research (INIA), Chile