Launched in 2015, the Dryland Cereals Scholarship Program aims to provide a supporting platform for motivated, young scientists from developing countries in Africa and Asia to pursue agricultural research in dryland cereal crops to end food, nutrition and environmental insecurity. The scholarship intends to develop a new cadre of scientists with core competencies, knowledge and experience in advanced science and technologies for dryland cereals that address the persisting need for productivity and quality enhancements, post-harvest value and policy interventions.
The Scholarship implemented in two tracks (A & B) aims at fostering stronger collaboration between African and Asian regional agricultural fora, National Agricultural Research Institutions (NARIs) and the Dryland Cereals program. The Asia Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutes (APAARI), the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) and the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) are the regional partners implementing Track A while Track B is administrated directly by Dryland Cereals.
The program currently supports 1 Masters’ (partial), 4 PhD (full support), 12 PhD (partial support), 2 post-doctoral fellows and 2 Research Internships (post-Masters’) with any one of the dryland cereals crops being the focus of research in each case. Of the total twenty-one students, seven are women.