Degree training cost is approximately US$ 29,000 per annum. This amount covers board and lodging, a modest stipend, local travel, group accident/medical insurance, books, university fees, research costs computer and network access, scholar’s association membership fee and other related academic expenses. The sponsor is expected to provide international airfare (if required), shipping allowance, and enroute expenses to participants. A sponsor may arrange with IRRI to manage the academic and thesis research phases of a beneficiary's degree training, or the thesis research phase only.
IRRI is committed to the development of professional and scientific leadership. Sending institutions and projects are encouraged to budget for specialized courses periodically offered by IRRI that complement the scholar’s research program (for example Rice Breeding, MAS, experimental design and analysis, professional English competency, leadership development and project management). These courses are truly international in composition and so further enrich the international development of the young scientist.
After completing course work, MS and PhD candidates are allowed a maximum of 2 1/2 and 3 1/2 years, respectively, to complete their research and write-up.