Monsanto announced this week a $10 million grant to establish the Monsanto’s Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars Program, which will support Ph.D. students researching wheat and rice.
The goals of the program include aiding in the development of highly educated rice and wheat breeders and providing opportunities for young scientists to experience the important work and mission of public sector research institutions, particularly in developing countries.
Wheat and rice are crucial staple crops around the world, providing necessary calories to feed billions of people every day. Yet, research into both crops has lagged, causing yields of rice and wheat to grow at a compound annual growth rate of approximately 0.8 percent over the past decade while the population has grown at a compound annual growth rate of approximately 1.25 percent.
The program honors the accomplishments of Dr. Henry Beachell and Dr. Norman Borlaug, who pioneered plant breeding and research in rice and wheat, respectively, and are known as the fathers of the Green Revolution.
Though Monsanto is funding the program, it will be administered by Texas AgriLife Research, an agency of the Texas A&M University System. Applications will be reviewed by an independent panel of global judges.
Students interested in applying to the program can find more details at www.monsanto.com/mbbischolars. Applications will be accepted until May 31.