International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Bentley Cropping Systems Fellowship for Developing Countries.

The Fellowship provides funding for field research aimed at increasing the yield of food crops, improving farmers’ livelihoods, and enhancing soil fertility. In particular, the research should evaluate and/or promote the use of fertility-enhancing plants — such as leguminous forages, shrubs, cover crops, and grain legumes — on small farms.

If you wish to apply, your research should seek cropping-system changes that will lead to some of these results:

  • sustainable and increased crop yields
  • more abundant and improved animal-feed production
  • improved soil and water conservation
  • better weed control
  • increased biological fixation of nitrogen
Who can apply

To be eligible, you must:

  • be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, or a citizen of a developing country;
  • be enrolled full-time at a recognized university at the master’s, doctoral, or post-doctoral level in Canada or in a developing country for the duration of the award period;
  • have a university degree in agriculture, forestry, or biology;
  • submit a research proposal focusing on very simple cropping-systems research that can benefit smallholder farmers in developing countries, especially rural women farmers;
  • provide evidence that you will be supported by local institutions that have a good working relationship with target communities, farmers, and/or extension agencies;
  • indicate that you will seek cooperation, help, and support from local “extension officers” and/or NGOs in the identification of individual farmers who are likely to be suitable and cooperative;
  • provide evidence that a large part or all of the research will be carried out on the farms of resource-poor or smallholder farmers. The award will not support research carried out on the farms of large landholders or on research stations;
  • provide evidence that farmers will actively participate in the experiments.

How to apply

  • Complete the eligibility and application forms online.
  • Upload scanned copies of the documents listed in the checklist (PDF, 203KB)
  • Your application must be complete, and submitted to the Centre by the deadline. Incomplete applications will NOT be considered.
  • Your application should be submitted in English or French ONLY (Canada’s two official languages).



For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the IDRC Bentley Cropping Systems Fellowship



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