Legume Scholars Program Launched
Submissions Due By December 19, 2014
By 2050 the world will need to feed two billion additional people. A challenge this serious requires the best and brightest ideas in agricultural science. Want to help feed the future? Consider applying for a Graduate Fellowship from the Legume Scholars Program.
Announcing a new partnership between the CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes and USAID’s Feed the Future Innovation Labs for Collaborative Research on Grain Legumes (Legume Innovation Lab) and Peanut Productivity and Mycotoxin Control (Peanut & Mycotoxin Innovation Lab).
This new program is specifically targeting promising young scientists from developing countries committed to pursuing research careers involving legume crops. Graduates from the program will further strengthen the research capacity of institutions in their home countries committed to the growth and development of the legume sectors through scientific inquiry.
Legumes—especially grain legumes—are critical crops in developing countries. They are nutrient dense, staple foods that help ensure food and nutritional security while providing needed household income for smallholder farmers, a majority of whom are women, who are the principle producers of grain legumes in many regions of the world.
Accepted students will conduct research at major U.S. and other international universities in key areas, including agriculture economics, crop physiology, food science, gender studies, nutrition, plant breeding and genetics, plant protection, soil science, and the social sciences.
The Fellowship provides full tuition and living expenses for up to two years for an M.Sc. and up to four years for a Ph.D. program; medical coverage; airfare and related travel expenses; a personal computer; field and lab research opportunities; and professional development workshops.
USAID, in partnership with Michigan State University, has designed and implemented an innovative master’s degree training and institutional capacity building program involving U.S. universities. This program started as a pilot program in 2005 in response to the recommendation by the Board for International Food and Agriculture Development (BIFAD) to USAID to renew its commitment to graduate degree training and to test innovative and cost-effective approaches to training.
- To enhance the performance and competitiveness of institutions in developing countries identified by USAID missions as strategic to transformational development.
- To provide Master of Science degree training from a U.S. university in program areas that contribute to USAID’s strategic objectives (SOs) related to agriculture-led economic growth, trade, and natural resource management.
For more information, see the UILTCB Brief.
FTF Newsletter Features Legume Innovation Lab Project
USAID’s Feed the Future Newsletter featured a Legume Innovation Lab project, IPM-omics: Scalable and sustainable solutions for pest management of insect pests of cowpea in Africa, in October 2014. Situated at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, the project’s work is in West Africa, specifically, Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, and Niger. Part of the project’s many objectives involves teaching smallholder farmers some of the pest management techniques. To advance this goal, the project team developed a series of animated educational videos that can be downloaded and viewed on cell phones. Using voice-over technology, the same easy-to-understand video content can be used throughout countries and regions by simply changing the narrative language.
Legume Innovation Lab Launches Facebook Page
The Legume Innovation Lab is on Facebook. Please “like” our page here to receive updates and stories on legume research.
Legume Innovation Lab on Twitter
The Legume Innovation Lab has launched a Twitter account named Legume InnovationLab. Follow our feed to receive the latest updates on the Lab and research and development work related to the legume sector.