Funding Available for Wheat, Rice Breeding Doctoral Students

November 12, 2010 Bookmark and Share

Applications for the third round of funding from Monsanto’s Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars Program are being accepted now through Feb. 1, 2011.

Funding through the program is available for scholars pursuing a doctorate in wheat or rice plant breeding.

The program is administered by Texas AgriLife Research and funded by Monsanto through 2012 with a $10 million grant.

The program honors the accomplishments of its namesakes, Drs. Henry Beachell and Norman Borlaug, who pioneered plant breeding and research in rice and wheat, respectively.

Students participating in the program can be from anywhere in the world and can complete their Ph.D. programs at any university in the world that grants a Ph.D. in rice or wheat breeding.

However, students enrolled in a developing country university are required to complete part of their research program in Australia, Canada, the United States or Western Europe, and students studying in those countries must conduct at least one season of field work in a developing country.

Applications for the fellowships will be reviewed by an independent panel of global judges, with decisions made in May.

Students interested in applying for the program can find more details at