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PhD Research Scholarship Position at IRRI

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), invites applicants for a PhD research scholarship position at the Crop and Environmental Sciences Division.

The successful candidate will be managing field research plots throughout South and South East Asia in the following countries: Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, India and Philippines (IRRI). This three-year PhD Scholarship is part of IRRI’s multi-disciplinary effort to develop strategies for rice crop health management and mitigate the impacts of production constraints. This project deals specifically on rice crop health and will be part of the Plant Disease Management team’s efforts. The program focuses on integrated solutions to rice crop health issues that include diseases, insect and animal pests and weeds.

Research area: Crop Health Management

The Scholarship

Level: The scholarship is for PhD Degree

Scholarship period: 3 years

Scholarship benefits: Round trip airfare and related travel expenses; monthly stipend with local medical and accident insurance; university fees (with an upper limit); leadership and professional development funds and research support costs.

As a leading global rice research organization, IRRI is an excellent location for young rice researchers and graduate students to engage in internships and training where they can be supervised by leading scientists in a world-class scientific environment. 

Qualified students who are currently enrolled or about to enroll for their PhD or conduct their PhD research are invited to apply for this scholarship. We provide a gender-sensitive environment and strongly encourage women applicants.

Procedure and Requirements

All IRRI scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis. For this scholarship, all applications received will be forwarded to the respective research unit to facilitate selection process.

Eligibility requirements

Prospective applicants must

have a background in Plant Pathology, Entomology, Agronomy or closely related field;
have experience in project management; 
be highly qualified, well-rounded rice scientists from the public or private sector;
have a Master’s Degree or equivalent and be qualified and ready to enroll for a PhD program;
be endorsed by at least two scientists from the same research area; 
possess adequate proficiency in English and has excellent communication skills;
must have scientific rigour and an affinity for field work;
must have background in computer and knowledgeable in basic statistical analysis; and 
not be more than 35 years old at the time of application.

Proximity and ability to travel throughout Asia is key to managing the project. Applicants who are currently enrolled for Ph.D. studies, must have at least two years remaining in their Ph.D. program, in order to be eligible for this scholarship.

Deadline of Application: June 10, 2016