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The Bentley Cropping Systems Fellowship

IDRC offers this Fellowship (a bequest from Helen S. Bentley and C. Fred Bentley) every two years in October to a Canadian, permanent resident of Canada, or a citizen of a developing country. You must be a graduate student with a university degree in agriculture, forestry, or biology, and wish to undertake applied, on-farm research with cooperating farmers in one or more developing countries. Learn more about the bequest.

This award provides funding for field research aimed at increasing the yield of food crops, improving farmers’ livelihoods, and improving 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. 

Countries subject to approval

In principle, IDRC supports research in all developing countries. At this time, however, we do not
support awards that involve research in Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Korea (Democratic People's Republic of), Somalia, Eastern Europe or Central Asia.

IDRC must approve field research proposed in the following countries or territories prior to issuing the award:

Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo Brazzaville, Congo (Democratic Republic of), Eritrea,  Gabon, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Libya, Mali, Niger, Papua New Guinea, Small Island States [including Comoros, Equatorial Guinea, Mauritius, São Tomé and Principe, Seychelles, Timor-Leste and Oceania (Cook Islands, Fiji, Nauru, Kiribati, Palau, Marshall Islands, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tuvalu, Tonga, Vanuatu, Wallis & Futuna)], South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, West Bank and Gaza, and Yemen. 

Who can apply


To be eligible, you must meet the following requirements:
  • 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
  • Submit a research proposal focusing on very simple cropping-systems research that can benefit smallholder farmers in developing countries, especially rural women farmers.

If you are selected for an award, you have up to 12 months to start your field research from the date of the final selection.

To apply

This award is offered every two years. For more information and to apply, visit the Competitions page.

 
Award holder
 
YOLOU, Isidore (2012) Quantification, essai de décomposition expérimental et valorisation des déchets organiques dans la ville de Parakou (Nord-Bénin) : apports d’éléments biogènes dans la production de légumes en agriculture (péri) urbaine, Université de Parakou, Bénin (PhD in Agronomy).
Bentley Cropping Systems Fellowship
IDRC funds researchers in the developing world so they can build healthier, more prosperous societies
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